1- saffron’s properties for skin:
Notice (insensitivity test): make sure to test the sensitivity by applying small amount on your hand and wait for 20 minutes before applying any type of masks on your face or sensitive parts of body.
1-1 lightening the skin:
Since saffron has a large proportion of anti-oxidants it causes lightening of the skin and dissolving dark flecks.
Saffron and milk mask for skin flecks
Add some saffron powder to 3 spoon of milk and apply it on your skin and then massage it for 15 minutes and after that wash it with cold water.
1-2 face rashes and acnes:
Since saffron has strong bactericidal properties is helpful to prevent acnes and rashes on the face and healing the stigmas.
Saffron mask for rashes and stigmas:
Combine some saffron powder with 6-7 fresh basil leaves and batter it until it’s pasty, then apply it on your skin and wait for 10 minutes and finally wash it with hot water.
1-3 healing sun burn:
If you’ve been out under the sun for a long period of time or tanned yourself too much, you can use this method to heal the sunburn marks effectively, let some saffron powder set in full-fat milk over a night and then apply it on your skin with your fingers this way you can bring back brightness to your skin.
2- hair-loss therapy:
Since saffron has lots of anti-oxidants and nutrients it can strengthen hair follicles and be beneficial in the therapy of hair-loss and bald-ness.
Combine some saffron powder and milk and scrub it on your head skin and hairs then let it set for 30 minutes, finally wash it with water and shampoo.
In traditional medicine saffron is used as a treatment for erection disorders, infertility and men impotence. The herb-tea of saffron is used as an erogenous substance that increases the reproduction ability.
4- infants and kids:
Using small amount of saffron is useful for kids and infants. Saffron has high amount of Calcium and magnesium that can strengthen the bones’ structures and also the anti-bacterial properties of saffron is beneficial for kids and infants oral and dental health.
5- anti-depression tranquilizer:
In traditional medicine saffron herb-tea is used as one of the best natural methods for treatment of depression, stress and anxiety, a small amount of saffron can calm infants and kids and reduce their uneasiness.
In fact, Kerosene, Safranal and Comprofol are 3 material substantial in saffron and they have comforting effects that can help with the treatment of these disorders.
Studies indicate that Kerosene and Crocetin existing in saffron is helpful for well-being of eyes and for treating the eye related disorders such as Macular degeneration.
Almost 85% of women experience premenstrual syndrome. Saffron is a natural antispasmodic substance, recent studies in Medical Science University of Tehran shows that using saffron herb-tea two time a day can help with the treatment of premenstrual syndrome and reduce the back pain and stomachache caused by menses.
8- fatty liver:
Since saffron has high amount of anti-oxidant it caused saffron to have anti-inflammatory properties too that can help with the detoxification and cleansing of the liver and reduces the risk of suffering from fatty liver and lumping liver.
9- kidney stone:
Saffron has diuretic qualities that causes escalation in urine amount that could help with the cleansing and detoxification of the kidney and heal the kidney stone.
10- cold and influenza:
You can find high amount of C vitamin in saffron that can empower immune system and reduce the risk of infection of the cold and influenza.
Mix saffron powder with hot water and drink it to cure cold and coughing.
11- venter in the alimentary canal:
One of the oldest and also known applications of saffron in traditional medicine is the natural treatment of venter pains, heartburn, dyspepsia, peptic ulcer diseases and improvement of alimentary canal.
Saffron also has high volume of iron that can help blood circulation with escalation of red blood cells and improve anemia and its symptoms.
13- Diabetes and Blood Glucose Level:
The substantial manganese in saffron can lower the blood glucose level in people with type 2 diabetes. Also the existing Crocetin in saffron improves insulin tolerance and helps lowering the blood glucose level too.
14- Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer:
The Crocetin available in saffron is useful to prevent diseases like Parkinson, and studies show that saffron can improve memory and the existing Crocetin and Crocein in saffron can be helpful to cure Alzheimer and dementia.
15- Blood pressure:
The high amount of potassium and magnesium existing in saffron could help with the reduction of blood pressure.
16- Curing insomnia:
Saffron has a lot of natural sedative properties, it has been told that using one glass of saffron beverage before sleep can help increasing your sleep quality and cure insomnia.
Recent researches on saffron indicate that saffron is one of the best medical herbs containing high amount of anti-oxidants that can lower free radicals of the body and reduce any type of risks related to cancers and cancer cells’ metastasis.
18- Heart Health:
Several studies show that the substantial anti-oxidant in saffron can help the heart stay healthy and reduce the risk of getting heart related diseases and atherosclerosis.
19- Thinness and losing weight:
Some primal researches indicate that saffron has appetite lowering qualities and prevents avidity that could cause thinness and losing weight in fat people.
Conditions and Disadvantages of saffron:
Miscarriage in pregnancy:
Using high amount of saffron is dangerous for pregnant woman, it can cause a miscarriage with contracting the womb.
Since there isn’t any precise information about the effect of saffron in lactation period yet, experts suggest that woman in that are in their lactation period avoid using high amount of saffron.
High dosage of saffron could cause poisoning, the symptoms are: the skin and eyes getting yellow, vomit, dizziness, dysentery and bleeding nose, lips and eyelid.
Using 12-20 grams of saffron in one day could cause death.
People that are suffering from palm sweating problems should avoid using saffron or reduce the usage to minimum, because saffron increases the process of palm sweating.
Saffron could interfere with drugs that reduce blood pressure, like Warfarin.
Saffron’s nature is warm and dry and is full of anti-oxidants like carotenoids, safranal, crocetin, crocin, picrocrocin, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, selenium, zinc and magnesium.
Saffron is an herb from iris family. The flower of saffron grow and blooms during autumn, it has 6 purple petals and the actual part that is used as saffron is the end of stigma and style. Saffron has fragrant and taste a little bitter.
Nowadays saffron is cultivated in Iran, Spain, Eastern Mediterranean and South East Asia but still Iran is one of the largest cultivators and manufacturers of saffron in the world.