Saffron has long been celebrated for a variety of purposes, including culinary, medicinal, and safe, natural skincare. There are so many ways to reap the benefits of pure premium saffron, just a few of which we will suggest here...
This spice has a storied history among many world cultures as the source of medicinal, culinary, and skincare remedies. Between its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, the skinny strands of saffron, more precisely known as stigmas, each actually represent a powerhouse of possibility. These tiny stalks, or stigmas, are found inside the saffron or Crocus sativus flower itself, which is a member of the lily family. According to the Financial Tribune, Iran is the world’s top saffron producer, accounting for an estimated 90% of all saffron produced worldwide.
A Shot of Saffron for Your Health
A recent article published by the popular certified doctor of natural medicine, Josh Axe, What is Saffron? Saffron Benefits & Recipes to Try, lists the top six medicinal values associated with consuming saffron, specifically:
Enhances cardiovascular health
Relieves erectile dysfunction
Soothes symptoms of PMS
Supports healthy weight loss
Provides defense against depression and anxiety
Integrating this ingredient into your recipes gives your finished creations an added boost for your optimal health and wellness.
Used for centuries to alleviate symptoms of more common conditions like asthma, seasonal colds and coughs, heartburn, insomnia, and intestinal distress, simply adding a pinch of dried saffron to soups, stews, and even seafood dishes like paella and bouillabaisse, is an easy way to reap saffron’s benefits in a single serving of a delicious dish.
As most of us know, what we put into our bodies -- the foods we eat and ingredients we rely upon -- reflects in our our overall appearance. Not surprisingly, it’s easy to see how consuming saffron creates a healthy glow, by providing us with beaming, radiant skin.
Slipping Saffron into your Skincare Routine
When you consider the impressive benefits that saffron delivers you, internally, it’s no wonder that many women turn to this strong spice to help soothe their skincare woes. Just a simple search online returns site upon site, rich with ideas for how to incorporate saffron into your skincare routine.
A few popular claims include that saffron is great for skin which appears dull or dehydrated, especially due to the drying winter months. A natural brightener, saffron strands can even be soaked in water or milk and applied to the skin to brighten your overall complexion. Adding a few strands of saffron to rose water is a simple, but effective, way to make your own toner.
Ultimately, the six primary skincare benefits and uses of saffron most often cited include:
- Acne treatment
- Wound and scar healing
- Delivers an overall healthy glow
- Enhances complexion
- Diminishes tans
- Tones the skin
Just imagine how both consuming saffron and applying it topically to your skin can deliver an impressive dual-dose of the powerful properties that make saffron so highly valued.
Safety First -- Always Consider the Source of Your Skincare
Even the powerhouse properties of saffron can be compromised, depending on where the saffron is sourced and how it is treated and packaged. At Blue Monarch, we use only all-natural, organic pure premium saffron so you know you’re choosing the safest ingredient, whether for medicinal, culinary, or skincare purposes.
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