SAF­FRON

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Saf­fron is one of the old­est and most ex­otic and ex­pen­sive spices in the world. Saf­fron, in fact, com­prises the deep red­dish-brown thread-like stig­mas of the saf­fron flow­ers. The stig­mas are hand­picked from each flower with an es­ti­mated 75,000 flow­ers be­ing re­quired to yield one pound of saf­fron! Saf­fron is val­ued as a food flavour­ing, for its medic­i­nal prop­er­ties and for top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion; it is cred­ited with pu­ri­fy­ing, an­tibac­te­rial and skin-light­en­ing prop­er­ties. Soak a couple of strands of saf­fron in a ta­ble­spoon of milk or cream of milk, add san­dal­wood pow­der, a lit­tle turmeric and honey and ap­ply. Wash this off af­ter 15-20 min­utes. A drop of saf­fron ex­tract may also be added to face mas­sage oil for a spot of in­dul­gence and glow­ing skin.

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