Saffron, the sunshine spice gets its name because of its anti-depressant, mood elevating properties. But those are not its only benefits. Though it is one of the world’s most expensive spice, it is also amongst the oldest and most sought after for its rich and aromatic flavour and colour.
I personally use saffron for its skin benefits. Being anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, it is great for reduction of acne, pigmentation as well as the radiance and healing for your skin. I use about 4/5 strands in a glass of warm water and have it immediately on awakening in the morning.
However, skin is not the only benefit I reap from having Kesar. It is seems to have also benefited my eye-sight. Though there isn’t much detailed medical evidence to prove that, I definitely have noticed the difference.
We have a lot of creams and beauty products in the market using the properties of saffron as their main ingredients, but I would still recommend the real thing. Since just a little goes a long way, it doesn’t hurt to invest in a small sachet to bettering your health and that of your skin.
The top benefits of saffron are :-
1. A known anti-oxidant
2. Helps in reduction of inflammation
3. Helps is elevating mood and energy level
4. Helps in improving skin pigmentation and radiance
5. Helps in improving cognitive and mental functions
It is also used as a food colorant, having a bright orange tint. It can be used to enhance the flavour of many dishes, right from the scrumptious Indian cuisines to the desserts such as ice-creams, kulfi or any milk sweets. Adding just a few threads of saffron can change the palate. As Indians, we are lucky to have the world’s best harvest in the Kashmiri Saffron, which is the highest quality.
The harvesting of saffron is extremely labour intensive. The stigmas of the flower Crocus Sativus are handpicked and dried in sun. Each flower has only 3 stigmas and blooms only during the fall, hence its high price. But think of it as a small investment to your health and do add this to your meal.