Persian Beauty Secrets ~ Part 2
Since ancient times certain ingredients have been known to help beautify women and their skin. One of my most favorite ingredients is the delicate strands of saffron. Since I was a child I have been in awe of this precious spice. I have seen how it can make a simple rice dish go from a staple to a culinary sensation. The unusual flavor and beautiful golden red color comes from the Crocus flower. It is said that it takes 4,500 Crocus flowers to make up one ounce of saffron. Saffron has incredible healing properties that also are found in Ayurvedic traditions. It can remedy menstrual cramps, and help men with fertility issues. Saffron can alleviate depression, stress and has been known to be an aphrodisiac. For the skin using topically can help with dryness, discoloration, dullness and acne.
In Part 1 I focused on some unusual Persian beauty tips but this post is a fairly easy mask to make and find. This mask truly leaves your skin illuminated and glowing. Using yogurt (rich in zinc and b vitamins) which is a natural lactic acid, and combining it with enzyme rich honey will allow the saffron threads to really penetrate the skin. Honey is a natural humectant and will keep the skin supple and soft. Saffron can be found at all stores that specialize in Iranian items. It can also be found on line here.
How to choose real saffron: The best quality saffron is expensive but worth the cost. The truest brands are from Iran and also Spain. You can tell the quality by the potent and distinct scent.
Recipe for Saffron Mask
1/2 Cup organic yogurt (I prefer goat or sheep)
3 TBS raw honey
1 Tbs Saffron threads
Simply mix the yogurt, honey and saffron until it is a pale golden hue. Then brush onto the skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with luke warm water.
Another variation is to add a few drops of lemon, a pinch of sugar and a few drops of coconut oil. Mix all of those with the above and let sit for 10 minuets before applying.