Saffron for better skin? Yes, really!

Saffron, apart from being used as a delicate flavoring agent in dishes, it was also used in herbal medicine in some countries. It has antimutagenic, antihypertensive, antitussive, cytotoxic, anticonvulsant, and many other beneficial effects on the body when ingested. Saffron is also known to improve memory and learning skills. Its benefits for the skin were also realized and natural medicine specialists started adding it to face packs and topical creams Here are the benefits of saffron for the skin – It was shown that saffron moisturizes the skin when used as an extract in a topical cream formulation. It works as an antisolar agent, wherein, it absorbs the UV rays and protects the skin from

Recipe Alert : Saffron Infused Gin Cocktail

Like an Old-Fashioned, only better... Ingredients 2 ounces Gin (infused with saffron) 1/4 ounce Maraschino liqueur 1/4 ounce lemon juice and cardamom syrup 2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters Tonic water to top off ( optional) Lime slices to garnish Directions To Infuse the Gin Add a decent pinch of saffron threads to a bottle of Gin and let them sit for a few days (every once in while give it a shake to make sure it doesn't settle). Strain out the threads to end up with a somewhat savory and subtly aromatic gin infusion, that just happens to be a yellowish-orange color. To Make the Syrup Boil lemon peels with mashed up cardamom seeds in a simple syrup bath for about 20 minutes. To Make the Cocktai

Saffron is one of the 5 crops still hand-harvested.. and it's hard work

Mechanization has made the farming of many crops — lettuce and tomatoes among them — a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work. How do you measure the labor intensity of crops? We thought there would be an easy answer to that, but there isn't. Some agricultural economists talk about labor input in terms of hours per acre, but that may not take into account the difficulty of the labor. For Labor Day, we thought we'd round up some of those crops that still require specialized human labor. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and some of these crops are only labor intensive in certain parts of the world, because their

Saffron from Emotional Health

Delicious with seafood, rice, tomatoes and plays well with plenty of garlic, saffron hails from the traditional medicine found in Persian cultures. It has served mankind for millennia as both a culinary herb and powerful medicine. Saffron is known for its vibrant color and flavor, and also for being the world’s most expensive spice. Saffron has been traditionally used as a calmative, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory. This beautiful herb also imparts the gastrointestinal advantage of relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract to reduce spasms and help digest food, as well being an appetite enhancer (Yarnell, 2008). Studies on Saffron for Mood Support A number of studies indicate that the

7 Saffron Health Benefits for Pregnant Women

The great thing is that saffron provides a slew of benefits, including: 1) Aids in Digestion: Saffron is known to aid in digestion. Women who often suffer from stomach issues while pregnant have found that saffron helps alleviate these digestive issues. In this case saffron allows women to be far more comfortable and sleep better at night, too. 2) Stops Mood Swings: No one likes mood swings. No matter what you do, it can be difficult to go against nature and all of the hormones filling your body. Women are out of control of their mood swings when they’re pregnant, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t help ready and waiting for them. Saffron works as an antidepressant and has been shown to help

Diwali and the significance of Saffron in Indian Culture

The Festival of Lights, Diwali is celebrated all around the world and is one of the most significant festivals in the Indian culture. The festival is celebrated for a variety of reasons although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness or good over evil. To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colorful lights and huge firework displays are held while families feast and share gifts. Diwali is a 5 day festival of lights which coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings. The actual Diwali day is celebrated on the third day of the festival. The food most closely associated with this festival is Indian sweets which come in an array

RECIPE ALERT : Swedish Saffron Buns - Lussekatter

This recipe makes 12 to 14 good sized buns. You can easily double the recipe. Note the cardamom is optional. I've made these buns with and without a little cardamom and I prefer them with. I'm guessing it's more traditional without. Ingredients 3/4 cup milk (175 ml) 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup (50 g) white, granulated sugar One 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast (check the expiration date on the package to make sure it's still good!) 3 1/2 to 4 cups (490 g to 570 g) all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt The seeds from 3 cardamom pods, ground (optional) 1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 4 Tbsp, 56 g) unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup of sour cream (or quark if available) 2 larg

RECIPE ALERT : Saffron & Almond Flavored Milk

Kesar badam milk is a rejuvenating and flavorful drink which is served on various Indian occasions like weddings and festivals. Kesar badam milk is enriched in nutrients and very energetic. This is a very good recipe for kids as almonds are said to have properties to increase memory power. It is bit heavy on stomach and one glass of this drink may make you feel full so it can also help people who are dieting. You can replace the sugar with honey for healthier option during diet. As mentioned earlier Kesar badam milk there are three main ingredients kesar(saffron), badam(almonds) and milk. Saffron has many medicinal properties, it is effective at treating mild to moderate depression, it also

Recipe Alert : Traditional Spanish Paella with Saffron

Nourishing, vibrant, and served without pretension, paella has held a place of honor and practicality in Spanish homes for centuries. If mussels aren't your favorite, you can easily substitute littleneck clams in their place--just be sure to thoroughly scrub the clams' shells in cold water before using. To round out the meal, choose a good Spanish red wine from the Rioja region, grab a crusty baguette, and serve with a light salad. Ingredients Herb Blend: 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced Paella: 1 cup water 1 teaspoon saffron threads 3 (16-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 8 unpeeled jumbo shrimp (about 1

What is Saffron, anyway?

Q :So what is Saffron anyway? A :Saffron threads are the stigma of a special type of flower - Crocus sativus ( saffron flower). The saffron plant typically flowers in the fall and has tall straight leaves. The flowers are pale purple in color with bright yellowish-red stigmas. DID YOU KNOW : It takes approximately 150 flowers to produce a single gram of dried saffron threads? This makes it the most expensive spice on earth. Q : I've never used saffron before.. what do I do with it? A : Saffron has been in use as a spice ( flavoring and coloring agent) for centuries.It has other medicinal and healing properties too. Saffron can be used in many recipes and know that a few strands of quality sa

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