Saffron - exotic spice with medicinal properties

Since ancient times, saffron was regarded as one of the highly praised spices, known for its orange color, taste and medicinal properties. Rich in vitamins and minerals, but also because of its therapeutic effect, is still used in Eastern medicine today.

 This exotic spice originates from southern Europe and is now being cultivated all over the world in many countries, especially in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Iran, and in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir. Crocus sativus plant grows to about 15-20 cm high. Saffron requires cold and dry climate with well-drained and rich soil. The flowers are usually picked in the early morning hours.

Saffron

Saffron has a special taste that comes from chemical compounds in it, such as picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains the natural carotenoid chemical compound crocin, which gives the saffron its golden-yellow color. These properties together with other medicinal properties make it a valuable ingredient in many kitchens around the world.

Nutritive content of Saffron

Saffron contains several chemical compounds derived from plants that are known to have anti-oxidant properties. Saffron is rich in oils, of which the most efficient is safranal that gives the saffron a characteristic flavor. Other volatile oils are cineol, phenethenol, pinen, borneol, geraniol, limonene, p-cinnamon, linalol, terpinen oil.

This vivid spice has many non-volatile active ingredients. The most important of them is crocin. It also contains other carotenoids, including Zea-kanthin, lycopene, A and SS carotene. These are important antioxidants that help protect the human body from cancer, infections and act as an immunomodulatory agent. Active ingredients of saffron have many therapeutic uses in traditional drugs as an antiseptic, antidepressant, antioxidant.

Saffron is a good source of minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cells and body fluids that help control heart and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the human body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells.

In addition, it is also rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, which are essential for optimal health.

Health benefits of saffron

Saffron is mainly known for its inclusion in other foods. But it has very important nutrients and chemical compounds that are useful in providing medicinal properties.

Therapeutic applications In many religions, saffron is not just a spice. It is used in various types of therapy such as body healing, detoxification, as well as in spa for different aroma therapies.
 
Antidepressant Active ingredients of saffron can act as antidepressants that soothe the body and heal the spirit.

It promotes digestion Saffron is one of the favorite spices for a reason. In addition to improving the taste of foods, it has ingredients that regulate the digestion process.

Heart diseases, blood pressure Potassium that is in high can be found in high amounts in this spice helps maintain blood pressure and protects against various cardiovascular diseases.

Production of blood cells Iron is a very useful component in the body that blood requires to form hemoglobin and red blood cells. Since saffron has a large amount of iron, this makes it an ideal anti-anemia medicine.

Skin Care Saffron is used in the cosmetics industry in a number of preparations. We will highlight some recipes for face mask that will make your skin shine.

Mix 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, 2 to 3 spoons of saffron and 2 teaspoons of milk. Wash your face and wipe with a towel before applying the face mask. Apply the mixture on the face and massage the skin thoroughly in circular motion. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes and then rinse. This mask is applied once a week for maximum results.

If you have dry skin, you can prepare a mask with lemon and saffron. The lemon cleanses the skin and the saffron gives it shine. Mix a few drops of lemon juice with a spoon of powdered saffron. If you have very dry skin, you can add several drops of milk. Apply a mask on the whole face. Leave it to stand for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Treatment of acne and pimples Antifungal content of saffron makes it effective for the treatment of acne, stains and blackheads. Apply saffron soaked on your face twice a day and this can help you to clean stains and pimples.

Add honey to saffron and massage your face with this mixture. This will stimulate blood circulation by providing oxygen to your skin. Regularly use this face mask and it will give you a glittering skin.

Against hair loss Saffron can be mixed with licorice and milk and applied to the bald spots on the skin of the head. This will speed up the fight against hair loss and promote its growth.

How to choose it in the store?

Saffron is the most expensive of all spices, and the right choice is vital in order to gain quality for money spent. Saffron is available all year round in supermarkets and specialized stores. It is available in three shapes: stigma, powder or dried.

When shopping, pay attention to color. There should be no traces of yellow, the redder the color, the better the quality of the saffron. The next step is a flavor test. It should have a strong and fresh smell. Saffron is an expensive spice so, if it's available at lower prices, it's probably of poor quality or maybe even fake.

The saffron should be stored in a hermetically sealed container, preferably in a jar in a cool, dark and dry place. Like other herbs and spices, the saffron is sensitive to light so it should be wrapped in a foil or in an opaque container. It is advisable to use it within 2 years as it will gradually lose taste. Saffron is a versatile spice that can give a new dimension to salty and sweet dishes. You can also prepare tea with the addition of 5 to 10 strands of saffron in boiling water. This tea will have a clear aromatic aroma of saffron.

WARNING: High doses of saffron can act as a stimulant to the uterus and in severe cases can cause an abortion. It is therefore advised that pregnant women avoid consuming it.

The benefits of baby oil

The oldest and the easiest way to care for the skin is to use various oils. However, first and foremost we need to learn the difference between all kinds of oils that exist in order to find an adequate application. Two basic types of oils are: herbal oils and mineral oils. Herbal oils, as their name implies, originate from plants and they get, most often, the name of the plant from which they originate. Herbal oils contain fine molecules that easily penetrate into the skin, and because of this, they are more suitable for skin care. Mineral oils (petroleum jelly, paraffin) are synthetic oils obtained by chemically treating oils. They are famous because they consist of large molecules that that clog the pores and poorly transmit the active ingredients that are necessary for the skin. Therefore, we should be careful when choosing oil and for what purpose we want to use it for.

baby oil

Synthetic oil: known to everyone as a baby oil

For babies

As the name itself says, it is intended for babies. We can now wonder how a synthetic oil can be good especially for babies, but the answer exists. Since skin has a difficult time to absorb it, it is almost as if it was created just for small children wearing nappies. You have certainly heard about a baby's nappy rash, which is why a baby's oil is placed in order to create a protective layer between children's skin and diaper. In the same way we can alleviate the pain in older people who are forced to wear adult diaper for health reasons. If you have any other baby oil at home you did not use, there is no reason to throw it away since it can be useful to you in many ways you probably have not heard before.
Removes soap stains

If you have stubborn soap stains in your bathroom, you can simply remove them with the help of a small amount of baby oil. Put a little oil on the stain and let it work for a few seconds, and then just wipe it.

Do you have problems with zipper slider?

It must have happened sometimes that your zipper slider is stuck. To fix this, lubricate it with baby oil. Wait a few minutes, then drag it up and down. You will see that it will work like a new one.

You can use it for cleaning

Baby’s oil is suitable for cleaning wooden and chrome surfaces. Apply oil on cloth and rub the furniture or tables with circular movements, which will make them shine.

Wet wipes with baby oil

If you run out of wet wipes, you can make them using kitchen cloths and baby oil. Cut a few pieces of kitchen cloths, fold them in half and put in a plastic box in which you have half a cup of water, one teaspoon of baby shampoo and one teaspoon of baby oil. Let the cloths get soaked.

Removes bubble gum from surfaces 

When you find glued bubble gum bellow table, on the floor or even in the hair, do not despair. Beat it with baby-oil, apply it and wait a few minutes, then lightly remove it.

Baby oil and shaving 

Baby oil for shaving legs is a much better choice than shaving foam. It nourishes the skin, makes it smooth, and the greasy layer allows the razor to slip over the skin and better remove unwanted hair. You will not irritate the skin and it will improve the removal of hair from any part of the body.

Remove excess wax from ears 

It often happens that more wax is accumulated in the ear canal than is needed to protect our ear. We most often use cotton swabs to clean our ears. However using a dry cotton swab we can make our problem even worse since instead of cleaning it we compact it further down the ear canal and then doctor’s help is needed. To prevent this, it is enough for you to put very little oil on the cotton swab. You will be pretty surprised by the effect. Hydrogen can help you in the same way.

Removing all kinds of makeup

You must have had a problem with removing a waterproof mascara. Women know best that a high-quality mascara always needs a high quality make up removal. If you happen to have no adequate means to remove waterproof mascara, please use baby oil. Apply it on a swab and lightly remove the mascara. In return, you will also have a protective layer on them, which will give them a shine. You can also remove the rest of the makeup in the same way, but after that, wash the face and remove the rest of the oil from the face so that it does not clog up the pores on your face.

After depilation

If you use wax for depilation is known that the skin in certain places remains sticky. To remove this surplus, feel free to soak a tissue paper with baby oil and solve the problem.

Baby oil and stretch marks

During pregnancy, the skin is forced to grow at high speed, which leads to cracking. Bodybuilders also face the same problem. By using baby oil, you will increase the elasticity of the skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks to a minimum.

Dry and split hair ends

All the ladies struggle with this problem. For this phenomenon, in addition to genetics, atmospheric conditions are also responsible. Especially when we are on vacation, we expose the hair to the sun more than usual. To protect hair lines, it is enough that you apply very little oil to the tips of still moist hair. This will create a protective layer that will protect the ends of your hair from damage.

Painless Band-Aid removal from the skin

Removing the Band-Aid from the skin can be very unpleasant, especially in small children. In order to make the entire procedure completely painless, it is enough to soak the ends of the Band-Aid with baby oil and when they are soaked, simply remove it.

Remove the most resistant stickers

How long have you been trying to remove the stickers from the jar or bottle? Probably a long time. You used everything most commonly the dishwasher. This is the end of it. Now, take the baby's oil, lubricate that resistant sticker, wait for the stick to absorb the oil and just take it off. Easy, is not it?

Remove marker stains from the skin 

It happens that all of us had marker stains on the skin as children who often use them to show their creativity. Now that we have baby oil we can will solve this problem easily. Soak a cloth with baby oil and remove all marker stains from your skin.

Polish items made from leather 

All leather bags, shoes or some other leather items will get a new glow if you treat them with baby oil and then a dry cloth. The baby's oil will nourish the leather and make it more durable and better.

Your doors or windows make a squeaking sound?  

You can guess that baby oil can help you with this problem. Lubricate the hinges with a few drops of oil, and open and close door couple of times in order for the oil to lubricate the mechanism completely nicely and then the persistent sound will disappear.

The benefits of rose hip tea

Preparation and healthy recipes for rose hip tea

Did you know that rose hip tea has more vitamin C than orange? Interestingly, when cooking this tea, the amount of vitamin C does not decrease. On the contrary, it increases!

You must have often walked past this plant, and you did not know that you could make such a powerful drink from it. The beneficial rose hip tea is rich in organic acids, vitamins, pro-vitamins and minerals. It offers us a lot of health benefits and certainly you need to drink it.

Do you know how to make homemade tea from this plant? In this text we will give you more excellent recipes. Learn more about its medicinal properties and numerous uses for health.

How does rose hip look like? 

The root of the rose hip is wide, it extends far into depth. The tree is low and rich in branches. The branches grow up to 3 meters in height, and there are strong thorns which gently bends downwards. It has fragrant flowers that are gently white-pink or yellow. There are most commonly five flower petals. In the middle they have a large stump.
The leaves are specific and have sharp jagged edges. The fruit has an oblong form, about 2 cm in length, the shell is smooth and hard. Rose hip contains a large number of seeds that taste like blueberries. Their color varies from bright red to slightly orange.

rose hip

Interesting and useful facts

Rose hip tea has a large amount of bioflavonoids that accelerate the suppression of allergy and asthma. It helps with circulatory disorders. Used in cosmetics to removes wrinkles, tightens the skin and provides unique shine and care.

You can find rose hip on pastures, forests, among the bushes and along the roads. As a weed plant, it is very widespread throughout the Europe.

Experts say it has been used in the diet during Stone Age. The ancient Egyptians and the Romans used this plant as a cure for various problems. They also made delicious wine and other treats.

Rose hip or Latin Rosa Canina is a bushy plant. It belongs to the family of wild roses that are classified in the most valuable cultures.

The medicinal properties are numerous

Flower petals are certainly a medicinal part of the plant, rich in vitamin C. Beverage made from petals is effective in stopping bleeding from the stomach and intestines.

It is used to relieve menstrual problems and bleeding outside of regular cycles. You can also use flower petals for making jams, homemade juices, but also as a good seasoning in cooking.

Leaves are also rich in vitamins. They are used to make beverages against colds and viruses. Most often in combination with the fruit, they promote the lack of vitamin C in the body.

The fruit is rich in omega 3 and 6 healthy fats, beta carotene, organic acids, pectins, phytons, essential oils, flavonoids and vitamins B1, B2, E, K, P and A. Regular tea drinking  is advised by doctors and experts as a prevention of renal calculus, inflammation of the kidneys and urinary tract.

The seeds are rich in vitamins E, A and vanilla, which is why they have a distinctive odor. Medicinal benefits of seeds are used to make oil in cosmetics. Rose hip proved to be successful as an anti-wrinkle ointment and as a preparation for skin care.

The difference between wild and cultivated rose hip 

The very appearance of the wild rose hip is beautiful, some even sow it as an ornamental plant in their garden. There is little difference in the quality and chemical composition of the bred and wild rose hip.

Cultivated rose hip is somewhat less healing than wild one, but it is much bigger. It also gives twice as much fruits in comparison to the wild one. The taste is pleasant and sweet, while in the wild one it is slightly acidic.

When are the fruits of wild rose hip harvested?

The fruit is harvested in late autumn on a dry and sunny day. For a healthy drink, it is not necessary for the fruits to completely mature and soften. Right then they have the most vitamin C.

Wild rose leaves are harvested while the leaf is still young. The flowers appear from May to June, then petals are harvested and dried.

When harvesting this golden bush requires a little more effort and will. Prepare yourself well, you need old clothes and unavoidable gloves. You need them because of the thorns that definitely make it difficult to harvest this plant.

What you need to know about drying rose hip

The fruits of this plant can be dried in a home-based variant, in the oven or in the sun. Dried rose hip is best kept in a dark and dry place. It should also be placed in hermetically sealed containers.

Cut the fruits in length, clean them and wash. Put them in the oven at 50 degrees. Dry until they become fragile, then blend them in the blender.

Now that you know how to dry rose hip learn how to storage it properly.

Keep the dried plant in a cotton or linen bag. Keep it in the dark and cool room.
  • Note: Use the dried plant in one year, or more precisely until the next season.

How to make rose hip tea at home 

Rose hip tea is very simple to make. The basis of the recipe is easy to do.
Put 2 teaspoons of to stand. Strain through a double cotton gauze.
Always drink warm because at that time it has the strongest effect, if possible, do not sweeten it with anything. If you must then use honey.

The prepared beverage is suitable for diarrhea, stomach and other digestive disorders. Do not overdo it with consumption, otherwise the effect will reverse.

Advice

After cooking tea, do not throw away the fruits, but use them for another cooking. It will surprise you how much of healthy ingredients is left for second preparation.

What are the benefits of rose hip tea?

Apart from sweets, this medicinal plant also helps us with many diseases. It has a very beneficial effect on the entire human body.

It also helps with stomach diseases

The health effect of this plant is multiple. It will relax you and will alleviate the pain in the stomach. Flower petals are great for nervous and painful stomach.

It is easy to prepare:
  • 1 teaspoon of dry petals,
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mint
  • 2.5 dl of water.

Tea preparation:

Pour boiled water into a cup with rose hip and mint petals, cover and let it stand. When it cools down it is ready to be used.

It is effective for colds and various seasonal flu 

Due to vitamin C and many other medicinal properties, a wild rose hip drink is advised for: colds, various viral infections and influenza. By consuming this tea, it boosts and strengthens immunity. It facilitates the ejection of mucus during coughing.

Use for dry cough

Rose hip tea with chamomile, honey and white mallow. Perfect herbal mixture for dry cough problems.

You need:
  • 2.5 dl of water,
  • 30 g of dried rose hip
  • 15 g of elder plant flowers
  • 15 g of white marshmallow root 
  • half a lemon,
  • spoon of honey.

Preparation:

Place the herbal mixture in a bowl of water and boil. After it boils leave it for another 5 minutes to cook. Cover and leave the beverage to cool. Apply it through a double gauze, then add the sprinkled lemon juice and a spoon of honey.

It is a great natural remedy against stomach problems and diarrhea

Other health benefits of rose hip

  • It cures gastritis and relieves gastric disorders.
  • It calms and restores the mucous membrane.
  • Recovers lost fluid.
  • Regulates digestion and bowel movement.
  • Removes the infections of the digestive tract that cause diarrhea.

Prepare rose hip tea for stomach if you experience stomach problems.

Recipe:
  • 2.5 dl of water,
  • 30 gr of dried rose hip
  • 15 gr of mint leaves
  • 15 gr of dried blueberry
  • 15 g of the lemon balm.

Preparation

Put the vegetable mixture in a bowl of water, leave it all together on the heat to cook. When it boils let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Cover and leave a little more so that plants leave all of their medicinal ingredients. Pour it through a clean gauze, drink preferably unsweetened and warm.

The main benefits of medicinal tea

In addition to influenza and diarrhea, rose hip tea has a rich list where it proved to be a successful drug. It is great for.
  • The treatment of anemia.
  • Successful in cleaning blood.
  • Removes infections and inflammation.
  • Detoxification of the organism.
  • In the case of inflammation of the urinary tract.
  • Cleans liver during inflammation.
  • It lowers blood cholesterol.
  • Cleans the kidneys from the formed sand and stone.
  • Strengthens immunity in adults and children.
  • It is suitable for diabetics due to low sugar content.
  • Rejuvenates the organism.
  • Cleans and nourishes the skin.
  • Suitable for easing the rheumatism.
  • Perfect for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers because of high vitamin C amount.

How to use rose hip for babies and kids

Rose hip tea for babies is a great thing. From childbirth you can freely give it to babies, as well as mint tea. We mentioned how useful it is because of the large amount of vitamin C that babies need.

It has a soothing effect in babies. It is suitable for stomach, stomach cramps and colds. It is often used to remove high temperature.

His beverage for babies is easily prepared:

You will need:
  • 1 teaspoon of dry plant or one tea bag. 
  • 2 dl of water.

The baby recipe is simple:

In boiling water put a tea bag or one spoon of dried plant in it and cover it.  When it cools down strain it. Do this if you used dried plants.

It is best to give this natural drink while it's still lukewarm to babies. It will have the best effect and it will help their little stomach.

For tea in filter bags the principle and procedure of making is the same.

Note: Tea should not be given on your own accord but always consult with your pediatrician.

Can you drink rose hip tea during pregnancy? 

In addition to honey, nuts, nettle and ginger, all things that are recommended to pregnant women can be found in our magic rose hip tea. It is even recommended because of its rich vitamin properties, which protects you against colds and improves immunity. It also helps with the ejection of excess water from the body.

It is desirable to drink a cup of this natural and medicinal drink every morning. It has a soothing effect and of course what is important it will protect your body from various influenza and viruses.

Note: in the case of babies and a pregnant women, it is preferable to consume tea from a dried bulk plant. In this way you will make sure that there are no other blends and ingredients included there.

Nursing mothers need to also drink rose hip tea. Namely, they have to put in a lot of fluids during the day to produce a lot of milk. Prepared home beverage with rose hip will compensate will provide necessary vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, like other precious ingredients, is passed through breastfeeding.

It accelerates faster weight loss

When it comes to diet tea, wild rose hip is one of the first foods to be consumed more often. It is known for its rich antioxidants and vitamins that have little calories and lots of fiber.

Due to the high content of flavonoids, it eliminates free radicals and accelerates the process of burning calories. More precisely, it is advised to drink rose hip tea every day. It regulates the hormones and reduces appetite because it creates a sense of satiety.

What is important is that it accelerates metabolism, accelerates digestion, and keeps blood sugar levels under control.

Other recipes with rose hip tea

Rose hip and hibiscus tea

This powerful drink regulates blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels and purifies the liver. It is excellent for extracting excess fluid, regulating the stool and accelerates the metabolism.

Preparation:
Mix a spoon of dried wild rose with the same amount of hibiscus. Mix the mixture with 2.5 dl of water and let it boul. As soon as it boils remove from the heat and cover. When it cools feel free to drink and enjoy the magic of this drink.

Rose hip and ginger root tea

The combination of ginger and rose hip proved to be perfect against pain in the joints. It even increases the mobility of joints that are affected by arthritis.

Preparation:
Grate ginger root add a spoon of dried rose hip and pour with 3 dl of water. Cook it and when it boils leave it for 2 to 3 minutes covered. Strain it and drink. 
Combination of rose hip and linden 

This herbal mixture helps to prevent anxiety, fatigue and muscle spasms. This has been proven in practice.

It will help you in relaxing your tense body and will improve your sleep. Beverage with linden will boost your immunity because it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.

It's easy to prepare:

Pour 1 teaspoon of teaspoon tea or linden and rose hip and pour with boiling water. Cover and leave for a while to stand. Strain through the gauze and enjoy this homemade tea.

rose hip tea


Where can we get it and what is the price? 

Rose hip tea can be bought in all pharmacies. Also in healthy foods stores, markets, over the internet where the ordering process is simple. You will find it at very reasonable prices. For 50g you will pay about 1 dollar.

Package of 20 filter bags is about 2 dollars.

Who should not drink it?

Rose hip tea is recommended to everyone but with caution. One to two cups a day is a maximum. Especially this is important for people with low-pressure problems, thrombosis and heart disease.

Contraindications and serious side effects are not known to date. Unless you are allergic to the plant.

Note: If you have not properly strained the tea do it again. Namely, if by any chance you swallow small hairs of rose hip it can irritate the mouth cavity and digestive tract.

Finally, we want to share with you a recipe that has been used since ancient times for making wine from this medicinal plant.  All precious ingredients will be preserved in it, and the wine will be drinkable and delicious! It is desirable to drink it in the morning in small glasses of brandy.

How to make wine from rose hip fruit

You need:
  • 1 kg of dried rose hip
  • 1 kg of sugar,
  • 6 l of water.

Preparation:

Mash the fruit, add sugar and stir. Then, add water and mix until the sugar melts. You need glass bottles that you washed well and corks.

Pour the wine into the bottles and close it well. It needs to stand for 6 days. Every day you should shake the bottles. After the sixth day, strain it through the double gauze and that's it. Your home-made wine from rose hip is ready for consumption.

Drink this aromatic beverage during one month since that is its shelf life.