Saffron - the king of spices and spice of the Kings
 Early sun shone.
Quite often studded with pearls,
Garden stained with saffron,
Celebrating the start of the day.
Ibn Khafaji

Saffron - a purple saffron crocus stigmas. Each flower only three of them, and crocuses bloom only once a year for 2-3 weeks. The flower opens just 2 hours. To get a flavor saffron full strength, the flowers should be collected for a few hours before the opening. All work is done manually, and crocuses break before sunrise. It is this time-consuming work is due to the high price of saffron, it is even called red gold. To get a kilo of saffron, you need to collect 300 000 colors! The advantage to such a high cost of saffron requires a fairly economical use -only a few nerves enough to give the dish a subtle aroma and a deep orange-yellow color. The name of saffron in almost all the languages ​​derived from the Arabic word «za'faran», which means "yellow", indicating that the saffron valued primarily as a dye.

Saffron as spice known to mankind over 4000 years, although saffron-based paint used in the cave paintings of the Neolithic. The first traces of its use in food found in Mesopotamia, and the first written reference to the Sumerian civilization. Persians in the 10th century. BC. saffron threads in the weave fabric and sacrifices made by saffron perfumes and aromatic oils are used as a powerful aphrodisiac. In the army of Alexander the Great used saffron to treat wounds. In the Old Testament it is referred to as an element of sacrifice, a dye and fragrance. In ancient Chinese sources - as a medicine. In the east, the color of saffron was the color of the clothes of Buddhist monks, and in Europe - a sign of wealth and high social status. Roman nobility used saffron as a medicine, dye for fabric and leather and as an aromatic seasoning.

Saffron - a wonderful plant that is used in the treatment of burns, even in times of Avicenna. This is a very strong antioxidant that destroys produced in the human body with age harmful substances. Freshly harvested saffron contains carotenoid glycosides Nature (protokrotsin), when dried forms a more simple glycosides: crocin and pikrokrotsin. Crocin is a carrier of a specific yellow colorant of saffron. Pikrokrotsin - bitter substance, glycoside aldehyde cleaving safronal - the main component of essential oil, which is contained in saffron 0, 4-1, 3%. The composition of the essential oil is also pinene and cineole. Additionally, the stigma contain carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamins BI, B; fatty oil, nitrogenous substances, sugar, water, potassium and calcium.

  Saffron Cosmetics

 Saffron - the king of spices and spice of the Kings
   Cream with extracts of papaya and saffron from Lotus Herbals.   Ideal for oily skin. Active components - papaya extract, saffron extract, lemon peel oil, almond oil, apricot oil, clove oil. The combination of papaya, saffron, almond and apricot not only eliminates the disadvantages of stains and scars on the face, but also gives the skin a beautiful color.

 Saffron - the king of spices and spice of the Kings
   Bio Saffron from BIOTIQUE . It nourishes and moisturizes dry, dehydrated skin, making it supple and healthy. It has a rejuvenating effect, stimulating the metabolism of the cells. Enriched with natural saffron, butter, almonds and pistachios. It contains extracts of turmeric and wild turmeric, has protective and anti-inflammatory properties. This cream - natural source of vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin. It protects skin from stains and defects.

 Saffron - the king of spices and spice of the Kings
 Bath salt "Saffron and grape seed oil" from the "Home Recipes" . Salt bath will help relieve the stress of labor day and feel confident and rejuvenated. The essential oil of saffron is used against overstimulation and insomnia, and as an antispasmodic. Grape seed oil allows to protect the skin against age-related changes, improves skin elasticity.

 Saffron - the king of spices and spice of the Kings
 Purifying exfoliating gel from Collistar.   Aligns the complexion, nourishes and purifies the energy, reduces dull complexion and tightens pores. Normalizes and regulates sebum, thanks to vitamins F and B6. Betaine, an extract of saffron and mlechnika regulate moisture level and clean. Differentiated exfoliation provide silicone microspheres and jojoba.

 Saffron - the king of spices and spice of the Kings
 Gel liquid balancing energy from Collistar.   It restores balance. Matting and makes the structure of the skin tighter. Betaine, an extract of saffron and mlechnika regulate moisture level and clean.
Normalizes and regulates sebum, thanks to vitamins F and B6.

Golden Mask to improve complexion - Crystal Bio-Gold Mask - from Super Growth (Tianjin) Cosmetics Co., Ltd. The mask is made by American technology with traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions. Consisting of herbal extracts (25 mL each mask) used for cell regeneration, active gold helps to speed up the metabolic processes in the skin, while nourishing and ulazhnyaya it, and amino acids to remove age spots, stearic acid, seaweed, vitamins A C and E. The extract of saffron Tibetan helps to eliminate toxins. Ginseng - a major component of traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions. In conjunction with other components of the mask restores skin elasticity and velvety, accelerates regeneration.

The essential oil of saffron

Saffron oil, obtained by steam distillation - one of the most expensive essential oils, and in the free market, it is rare. Fragrance oils are very kind, very sweet, spicy, floral-aldehyde odor; Lower Tone zhirnovat, tryavyanisty.

The main component of saffron oil - safranal (2, 6, 6-trimethyl-1, 3-dien-1-carboxaldehyde), which is of 70% Volatile essential oil compounds. Another important aromatic component is 2-hydroxy-4, 4, 6-trimethyl-2, 5-cyclohexadiene-1-one. Its content is not enough, but he has a strong characteristic odor of dried herbs and saffron. Also found α-pinene and 1, 8-cineole.

The essential oil of saffron at harmonizing effect on the nervous system similar to the sandals. In addition, it stimulates digestion, calms the mind and rejuvenates all body tissues. The oil improves metabolism, regulate the monthly cycle, rejuvenating, stimulating, carminative, antispasmodic; aphrodisiac, choleretic, antiseptic, expectorant, diuretic, analgesic, disinfectant, improves metabolism, detoxifying.

Important! Do not use during pregnancy (may cause miscarriage); in high doses may cause narcosis (not ingest more than 3 drops per day).
Author: Inna Sedykh