This is the third in a series of articles on how you can use the herbs and spices in your kitchen as part of your skincare routine.
Cultivated for over 3500 years, saffron has been used to treat colds, coughs, stomach issues, urinary problems, insomnia, flatulence, and even heart trouble. The Greeks sailed all over the world to get it, Cleopatra bathed in it and the Romans used it as a deodorizer. It is also the world’s most expensive spice.
Saffron originated near Persia (Iran) but is native to India and the Eastern Mediterranian. During the dry season, Indonesians eat saffron to cool down as it is believed to balance the body from within.
Why is saffron good for you?
Saffron is full of nutrients including various vitamins (A, C, D, B6), manganese, calcium, potassium and iron. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight acne and was widely used by ancient warriors to heal wounds. Saffron is full of volatile compounds that fight free radicals and prevent cell damage which makes it a wonderful anti-ageing ingredient in skincare.
For Radiance & Even Skintone
Saffron is widely known to brighten skin tone and lighten dark spots. This milk mask will leave you with soft, glowing skin!
1 tablespoon milk
3 saffron strands
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
Add the saffron to the milk and leave for 20 minutes to infuse. Add the honey and olive oil. Apply to your skin and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
3 strands saffron
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
Warm the olive oil slightly by filling a bowl with about 1cm of boiling water. Pour the olive oil in a smaller bowl and place in the hot water to warm. Add the saffron strands to the warm oil to infuse. After about 5 minutes, remove the smaller bowl from the water and add the soft brown sugar. Use the mixture to exfoliate your skin gently. Rinse with warm water.
Saffron is FULL of vitamin C which is antibacterial and potassium which is anti-inflammatory, so it treats the bacterial infection AND the swelling.
5-6 basil leaves
10 saffron strands
A little water to mix
Grind the ingredients together until it forms a paste. You can add a little water if it’s too dry. Apply the mixture to the spots individually or to acne prone areas. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
Note: Basil also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used on its own to treat spots.
Saffron is full of antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and ageing. It also helps to brighten the skin and even out dark areas. This is a refreshing toner to brighten the skin and fight wrinkles!
10 saffron strands
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup rose water
Bring half a cup of water to the boil. Remove from heat and add 10 strands of saffron. Leave the mixture to cool while the saffron infuses. When the water is at room temperature add the rose water. Put the mixture in a glass bottle and use as a toner after cleansing.
Note: Be sure to disinfect the container before adding the mixture.
There you go! Saffron is expensive but it does a lot more than just flavour or colour rice!
Let me know if you try any of these!