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Original Saffron

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Quick Overview

Saffron is a popular spice and an expensive one too. Its taste makes it great for usage in food, as refreshment and even for making beverages. Saffron’s unique colour, flavour and other properties give it culinary and medicinal characteristics that make it renowned all over the world. It belongs to the Iradaceae family and is a native of the South Europe regions. These regions originally cultivated and used saffron on a daily basis.

Health Benefits of Saffron:
Saffron is mostly known for its inclusion in food items. But it has very significant nutrients and chemical compounds which are beneficial in providing medicinal benefits. Let us look at a few of the saffron uses below:

1. Disease prevention:
One of the main saffron benefits when used in cooking food is that it contains many plant derived chemical components which are known to prevent diseases. They are also known to promote overall well-being of the body.

2. Volatile oils:
The plant part from which saffron is obtained contains essential but volatile oils which when added to food, imparts its unique flavour and benefits of saffron as a spice. Some of these oils are cineole, pinene, borneol, geraniol etc.

3. Active components:
Apart from the volatile oils, there are also non-volatile active components like carotenoid compound that are anti-oxidants beneficial to the body. These prevent free radical reactions which produce harmful by-compounds and diseases. Some of the carotenoids like zea-xanthin, lycopene, alpha and beta carotene are widely appreciated. This is also one of the main uses of saffron.

4. Therapeutic applications:
In many religions, saffron is not just considered a spice. It is used in various types of therapies like body healing, detoxification and also in the spas.

5. Anti depressant:
The active components in the saffron make our body lose its depressing characteristics making it a dietary necessity sometimes.

6. Digestive properties:
Saffron is also a digestive and an anti convulsant.

7. Cell formation and repair:
Potassium, found in saffron, is a necessary source that favours cell formation and repair.

8. Heart diseases, blood pressure:
Potassium also helps maintains the blood pressure and keeps heart diseases at bay.

9. Blood cell production:
Iron is a very useful component in the body as the blood requires it to form haemoglobin and it is a co-factor in the red blood cell production too.

10. Optimum health:
The overall mineral content including calcium, vitamins, proteins etc present in Saffron ensure the maintenance of optimum health.

Saffron: Skin Benefits
Apart from imparting its exotic flavor and aroma to several recipes, saffron possesses beauty benefits as well. It has natural skin lightening qualities. Saffron can be beneficial for your skin in the following ways:

11. Saffron for radiant Skin:
To get radiant and smooth skin, prepare the following face pack

Mix 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, 2 to 3 strands of saffron and 2 spoons of milk.
Wash your face and wipe with a cloth before applying this face mask
Apply it while your face is still wet.
Massage your skin thoroughly in a circular motion.
Allow it to dry for 20 minutes and rinse off.
This mask should be applied once a week for maximum results.

12. Saffron for Fairer Skin:

To get naturally fair skin
Soak a few strands of saffron in milk for 2 hours.
Smear this milk all over your face and neck.
Wash off after few minutes.
Using this regularly will make your skin naturally fair.
Here’s another mix that you can prepare to get naturally fair skin:

Soak sunflower seeds (chironji) and saffron in milk and keep them overnight.
Grind this mixture in the morning
Apply it on your face to get fair and glowing skin.
Adding a few strands of saffron to your glass of milk can also give you a glowing complexion. Expectant mothers are often given milk and saffron so that the fetus in the womb gets a fair and glowing complexion. There is, however, no medical theory behind this.

13. Treatment of Acne and Blemishes:
The antifungal content of saffron makes it effective for the treatment of acne, blemishes and blackheads.

Mix 5-6 basil leaves with 10-12 strands of saffron to make a fine paste.
Apply this on your face
Wash off with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes.
This will help to remove acne and pimples.
Basil leaves can clean the bacteria that cause acne and pimples. Apply saffron soaked milk on your face twice a day to help in clearing blemishes.

14. Treatment of Dull Skin:
Add 2-3 strands of saffron to one teaspoon of water and keep overnight.
By next morning the color of the water will turn yellow.
Add one teaspoon milk, 2-3 drops of olive or coconut oil and a pinch of sugar to this saffron water.
Dipping a piece of bread in this mixture, apply it all over your face.
Allow it to dry for 15 minutes and wash off.
This mask will freshen up dull skin as well as help in erasing dark circles under the eyes.
It also exfoliates your skin by helping blood circulation, thus making your skin smooth and glowing.

15. Saffron for Luminous Complexion:
Add a few strands of saffron to honey.
Massage your face with this face pack.
This will stimulate blood circulation by providing oxygen to your skin.
Using this face pack regularly will give you a glowing complexion.

16. Saffron as a Toner:
Saffron can help in toning up your skin. All you need to do is soak saffron strands in rose water and apply it on your skin after scrubbing.

17. Improves Face Texture:
Boil ½ cup of water for 10 minutes
Add 4 to 5 strands of saffron and 4 tablespoons of milk powder to this water.
Apply it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash with cold water.
This face pack will help to improve the texture of your facial skin.

18. Treatment of Dry Skin:

If you have dull and dry skin, you can prepare a mask with lemon and saffron. Lemon cleans your skin from deep within while saffron provides luminosity to it. All you need to do is:

Mix a few drops of lemon juice with a spoonful of saffron powder.
If you have very dry skin, you can add a few drops of milk.
Make it into a smooth dough and spread all over your face.
Leave for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

19. Saffron in Bath Water:
Saffron strands can be sprinkled in your warm bath water. Let it soak in the water for 20 minutes. Use this water for your bath. This will lighten your complexion naturally.

Saffron: Hair Benefits

Saffron is beneficial for your hair and helps in stimulating hair growth.

20. Combats Hair Loss:
Saffron can be mixed with licorice and milk and applied to bald spots. This will combat hair loss and promote hair growth.

Tips for Usage (Cooking/Eating)

Saffron is a versatile spice that can add a new dimension to both savory and sweet dishes. Not only does it impart a distinct flavor and aroma, it also makes your dish look more presentable. Saffron can be used in thread or ground form depending upon the recipe. If you are using saffron to garnish your dish and wish to create a visual impression, you can use threads. On the other hand, if you want the saffron to blend with your dish such that it is not obvious to the eye, you should go for its powdered form. The cooking tips given below will enable you to reap the maximum benefits from this magical spice.

1. You can prepare your own powdered saffron instead of buying it from a supplier. You can do this by grinding the saffron threads with mortar and pestle. If you find it difficult to grind the threads due to its moisture content, add a pinch of sugar grains and then grind. This will make grinding easier without affecting your recipe.

2. You can make liquid saffron by adding 3 to 5 teaspoons of warm or boiling water to powdered saffron and allow it to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. It can be stored in a jar for a few weeks to be used when needed. Liquid saffron can also be prepared with milk, vinegar or wine instead of water. It is usually added to other ingredients towards the end of cooking to draw out the color and disperse the flavor throughout the dish.

3. Saffron is used to prepare saffron rice.
Soak rice in cold water for 30 minutes
Soak saffron threads in two teaspoons of boiling water.
Melt some butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in onion and sauté.
Stir in rice at low heat.
Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
Pour in the boiling broth and stir it in salt and saffron.
Cover and cook the rice until the liquid is absorbed.
This will take about 40 minutes.

4. Saffron can be used to prepare delicious chicken in saffron cream sauce.
Season the fried chicken with salt and pepper
Make sure it’s fried in butter and is brown on all sides
Sprinkle some thyme and bay leaf
Now add saffron and cream
Cover the skillet and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until the chicken is tender.
Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper if needed.

5. Besides savoury dishes, saffron can be added to desserts as well. In India, saffron strands are often added to kheer, rasmalai and even lassi to impart its distinct flavour and fragrant aroma. Saffron is also used as an ingredient in preparing gulab jamuns.

6. You can prepare saffron tea by adding 5 to 10 strands of saffron to the boiling water while making your tea. This tea will have the distinct fragrant aroma of saffron.

Weight: 10ml (Equivalent 10g)

Original Saffron

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2x 1g tin of grade 1 saffron grown on organic saffron farms in Iran using no absolutely chemical fertilizers or additives. At every stage of the harvest and production process of this saffronthe highest quality standards have been adhered to in order to bring you the finest quality saffron.
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