Saffron is the most precious spice of this world and comes for a steep price; it has immense goodness in it to justify its hefty price. It has many properties that have health benefits, apart from health benefits; saffron provides a lot of beauty benefits too, from curing acne to enhancing complexions, purifying skin etc. Saffron is more of an exclusive spice that needs to be stored well.
How to store Saffron:
Even a small quantity of saffron is expensive so it is important that you store it well. Keep it in an air-tight container (preferably glass) in a cool, dark place to avoid the effect of moisture and light on it. If stored properly, you can use it saffron for a period of two – three years before it loses its color and effective properties.
How to spot real Saffron:
Saffron has many fake versions so it is very important to be a bit careful in an urge to not to get fooled. Many vendors sell low quality Saffron mixed with colored ingredients that resemble saffron. Remember, the highest quality of saffron is deep red with orange tips. It does not have any white or yellow spots.
Another way to detect real saffron is to soak it in water. See how long it takes for the color to change and the sweet aroma to spread. Real saffron will at least take 15 minutes for these to happen while fake, colored ones will give out the color as soon as they are dipped in saffron without spreading much aroma. Though saffron is also available in the powdered form, buy the strands as it gets difficult to spot the real – fake difference when saffron is in powder form.
All the benefits will compel you to use saffron on daily basis and if this not enough, let me tell you all some great beauty uses of saffron which will surely make you love saffron more as a beauty treatment than as a flavor enhancer for food recipes.
The beauty uses of saffron are as follows:
Cures Acne: Saffron and basil have high quotients of anti bacterial and anti oxidants properties which help in reducing acne. Take 5 – 6 basil leaves and a pinch of saffron strands. Now grind the two ingredients to form a paste. Apply this paste on acne prone skin and leave on skin until dry. Now wash off.
Glowing Skin: We often loose our facial glow in winters. Saffron helps in getting the glow back. Take a tablespoon of honey and add in few strands of Saffron. Mix honey and Saffron strands together. Now apply it on face. The healing properties of saffron and hydrating properties of honey improves blood circulation which helps in getting the glow back on skin.
Removes Tan: Though we have sun blocks to prevent tanning but there are times when even sun blocks fail. To get rid of tan, here comes saffron to the rescue. Soak few strands of saffron in milk cream and leave overnight. Blend this milk cream and saffron paste the next morning with the help of your fingers and apply on affected areas. This remedy will lighten tan effectively and also provides a glowy skin.
Toning:None of you must be devoid about the knowledge of toners and importance of toning on a daily basis. A natural toner always appeals to me. For a natural toner all you need to do is to mix saffron strands in rose water and let the water gain the saffron color. Now dab some in a cotton ball and apply on face. Let the pack stay on face for 15 – 20 minutes or until dry and then wash off. Regular use of this paste will brighten skin.
Improving Face’s Texture: To get that smooth face texture, boil half a cup of water for ten minutes. Now add few strands saffron and four tablespoons of milk powder to this boiled water. Apply it on face for 10 -15 minutes and now wash with cold water. Regular use of this face pack will improve skin texture.
Saffron in Bathing Water: Saffron strands can also be used in bathing water. Just sprinkle few strands 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.
Fight Hair Loss: Saffron aids in combating hair loss too. Mix saffron with licorice & milk and apply to bald spots. This will help combat hair loss and promote hair growth too.
These were few very easy and effective beauty uses of saffron. I hope you all now love this aromatic precious spice even more. Put saffron to regular use and enjoy its amazing beauty and health benefits.
Do you use saffron in your beauty routine?
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