What is Saffron:
Saffron, scientifically known as Crocus Sativus, is the most expensive spice globally, costing around the US $5000/kg and more. It is derived from a flower commonly known as ‘’Saffron Crocus’’. It is believed that saffron originally came from Iran, however, some evidence also proves that it originated in Greece and Mesopotamia. Its harvesting requires a lot of labor, time, and handpicking, making it the world’s costliest spice. From ancient times, the dried stigmas of the saffron flowers have been used as a food coloring agent, as a spice, and for medical purposes.
Kashmiri saffron is commonly known as ‘ Lacha’ or ‘Mongra’ recognized for its purplish dark maroon color. The Kashmiri saffron is popularly known as ‘’kong posh’’.
There is a separate department in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir that deals with the production of saffron called IIC STC (India International Kashmir saffron trading center) and a scheme is developed by the government of India in order to boost the production of Kashmiri saffron called National Saffron Mission. Under this scheme, the previous traditional methods are replaced by modern techniques.NSM was launched in 2010-2011 and is exclusively used for the cultivation of saffron in the UT of J & K.The main contributor of saffron in J & K is Pampore and other districts including Srinagar, Budgam, and Kishtwar.
9 Top Magical Benefits of Saffron for Hair and Skin:
Acne Reduction :
When the hair follicles on our skin become clogged with dead skin cells and oil, it causes acne. Acne includes blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, etc. There are many treatments for acne but it can come and go, saffron has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can clear acne on the skin to a large extent.
Hyperpigmentation is a condition where the skin becomes discolored and it can happen to males as well as females resulting in an uneven tone of the skin. There can be many reasons for hyperpigmentation including exposure to the sun for a long time, pregnancy, etc. If we soak one or two saffron strands in water for a few minutes and then mix it with turmeric powder, the formed paste should be kept on those areas where skin pigmentation is there for ten to fifteen minutes, doing this once or twice a week dramatically reduces pigmentation.
If you are someone who follows an anti-aging skincare routine, then the saffron is a must-have in your routine. It is loaded with antioxidants and promotes deep hydration of skin giving you younger-looking youthful skin. Saffron is used in many cosmetics and skin care products because of the same reason and works wonders on each skin type.
Anti Solar Uses:
A study was conducted in 2010 by Shiva Golmohammadzadeh and others on ‘’ Do saffron have antisolar and moisturizing effects?’’ and as per the results, saffron can be used as a natural ultraviolet absorbing agent. The production of free radicals is promoted by ultraviolet radiation, which causes oxidative stress leading to skin damage since saffron is rich in antioxidants that can protect our skin from the damage caused by UV radiation.
Face toner is a part of everyone’s skincare regime, it refreshes your skin gently while maintaining its natural moisture. There are many good toners available on the market but they have chemical ingredients, saffron is a natural alternative for skin toning. Mix a few strands of saffron with rose water, and wait until it leaves color. Using a cotton ball, gently dab this solution on your skin to get instant freshness.
Glowing skin :
If we mix a few strands of saffron with honey and apply this face pack to our skin, it gives a shiny and bright texture to our skin. This face pack improves blood circulation and rejuvenates the skin from within thus leaving a glow.
Scar Healing :
When a wound or an injury is healed, a mark is left on the skin called a scar. Scars can remain on the skin forever or some can fade over time. Saffron is known for boosting healthy skin, a study was conducted in 2008 by Ghasemali and others on ‘’ The effect of Saffron extract for healing of second degree burn wounds in rats ‘’ and the results of the study revealed that saffron can speed up the healing of the injuries caused by burning.
Skin Brightening :
Saffron contains vitamin C which enhances its skin-lightening abilities, it is believed that if we mix sandalwood powder with saffron milk, it results in a great face pack for skin brightening. Apply this face pack and wash it after 15-20 minutes to get desired results.
Saffron Benefits for Hair :
Saffron is known for its benefits related to good hair health. Hair Fall is a major problem these days and it is present in both males and females. Our hair gets damaged due to many factors externally like radiation from the sun, pollution due to traffic, chlorinated water, etc. The antioxidants present in saffron help in the reduction of hair fall and nourishes the scalp from within and make roots strong. Saffron can be taken with water or milk daily or saffron oil can be massaged on the scalp to reduce hair fall, promote healthy hair growth, reduction of dandruff, and many other benefits.
Saffron has countless benefits for hair and skin. It helps in acne reduction, decreases pigmentation, has anti-aging properties, protects your skin from damage caused by UV radiations, it can be used as a face toner, has scar healing properties, and gives us a radiant and glowing skin. You can purchase 100 % original Kashmiri saffron from Kashmir Basket.