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Uses & Benefits

Saffron has occupied a special place in the culture and tradition of our life's. This exotic herb is famous for its medicinal, colouring and flavouring properties which is valued all over the world, especially by culinary and medical experts. Saffron is very popular as a spice in all national and international cuisines. In India, to serve dishes decorated with saffron is regarded as a mark of honour to the guest. On account of its Colouring and aromatic properties, saffron has many benefits which is as follows,

Saffron in food :

  • A pinch of fresh saffron is enough to enhance the flavour and color the entire recipe.
  • Saffron also contributes a luminous yellow - orange colouring to foods.
  • Saffron has been in use in the preparation of sweet dishes in many Indian, Pakistani and Central Asian countries.
  • Saffron is also used as a color and flavouring base in the preparation of ice - creams, cakes and drinks.
  • Saffron is gently sprinkled over the dishes prepared. It increases the flavor and fragrance of the dishes.

Saffron as Dye :

  • It is an old thought that, Saffron dyed clothes would last hundreds of years, as can be seen in the museums where wardrobes of ancient kings and queens are kept alive, because saffron dye does not allow the insecticides to cause their effect on the clothes.
  • Saffron is also used in manufacturing of oil based perfume i.e. (zaffrani attar) which is a blend of saffron and sandalwood.


Saffron as a medicine :

There are unlimited and countless medicinal benefits of saffron, we do hereby focus on a few of them.

  • Saffron blend tea is known to cause wonders for people having cold.
  • Saffron paste and oil gives facial purification and beauty.
  • Saffron oil and pastes is also helpful in curing all skin problems, including acne treatment and bug bites and stings.
  • Saffron has very important place in manufacturing of some vital drugs, cosmetic and beauty creams etc.
  • Saffron Increases mental activities and learning capacities.
  • Saffron is helpful in decreasing blood pressure.
  • Saffron controls blood cholesterol.
  • Saffron is also extensively used in the Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani and sidha.
  • Saffron can also be used to treat toothache.
  • Saffron is also recommended to some extent to treat cancer and heart diseases because of some vital anti - oxidant properties.
  • In Indian tradition, pregnant women even drank saffron infused in milk in the hopes that their unborn infants would acquire fairer complexion.

Saffron in Religious Use :

As of our Indian Tradition, saffron is used in several pilgrimage Places and Temples etc.

  • Even today while offering prayer at many temples, we receive a paste of saffron on our foreheads (Tikka) as a symbol of blessings and good luck.
  • Saffron is offered as a sacrifice in many temples.
  • Certain holy texts have been known to be written with saffron ink.

 
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