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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:
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 the overall well-being of the body.
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.
Apart from the volatile oils, there are also non-volatile active components like carotenoid compound that are antioxidants beneficial to the body. These prevent free radical reactions which produce harmful by-compounds and diseases. Some of the carotenoids like zeaxanthin, lycopene, alpha and beta-carotene are widely appreciated. This is also one of the main uses of saffron.
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.
The active components in the saffron make our body lose its depressing characteristics making it a dietary necessity sometimes.
Saffron is also a digestive and an anticonvulsant.
Cell Formation And Repair
Potassium, found in saffron, is a necessary source that favours cell formation and repair.
Heart Diseases And Blood Pressure
Potassium also helps maintains the blood pressure and keeps heart diseases at bay.
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.
The overall mineral content including calcium, vitamins, proteins, etc. present in saffron ensure the maintenance of optimum health.
Weight Loss And Diet Control
It’s time to usher in the new diet plan that actually works, and it’s as simple as incorporating saffron oil into your food. Proven results show that saffron oil controls the appetite and is working all over the world to help people control obesity and get back into shape. Studies show that saffron intake effectively enhances the serotonin levels in our body.
High serotonin levels suppress the appetite or the impulse to eat and heightens the mood at the same time whereas low levels of serotonin invariably have an opposite and adverse effect leading to overeating. Dr.Oz, a world famous nutritionist and a regular on the Oprah Winfrey Show, vouches for and promotes saffron extracts as a healthy and viable tool to combat obesity which has taken on frightening proportions as a serious health hazard that just can’t be ignored.
Saffron is commonly used to treat asthma and other respiratory ailments such as cough, whooping cough, and to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant).
Saffron extract is known to help treat depression, reduce stress, and to be a mood enhancer. It is also widely used as an aphrodisiac. It is widely used to combat Alzheimer’s disease and used in the fight against the growing menace of insomnia, common to today’s highly stressed lifestyle habits.
Women use saffron for menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and men use it to promote fertility and to deal with premature ejaculation. Overall, saffron has done much to help treat complex sexual health ailments.
Saffron has proven to be a handy tool combating the menace of diabetes and it is for this mean feat that patients and doctors all over the world swear by it.
Saffron Benefits For Skin
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:
Saffron For Radiant Skin
To get radiant and smooth skin, prepare the following face pack
Saffron For Fairer Skin
To get naturally fair 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.
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.
Treatment Of Acne And Blemishes
The antifungal content of saffron makes it effective for the treatment of acne, blemishes, and blackheads.
Treatment Of Dull Skin
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.
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.
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.
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:
Heals Wounds And Scars
Warriors in the past have been known to use saffron extracts to treat wounds suffered in battle. Saffron holds amazing healing properties that go a long way in healing wounds and removing scars and spots for a blemish free skin tone.
Saffron Benefits For Hair
Saffron is beneficial for your hair and helps in stimulating hair growth.
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.