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19 Ways to Use Saffron for Skin, Hair and Health Benefits

Saffron is one of the most common spices and it has been used in Ayurveda since ancient times. It is the most valuable spice in the world having around 150 volatile compounds including antioxidants, as well as essential minerals and vitamins which makes it very beneficial for our skin, hair and health in many forms. You can use Safron to treat many skin issues as a herb or use as a spice to stimulate the immune systems and add fragrance and flavour in the meals.

Saffron is being used since ancient times to enhance the beauty and get rid of many common skin and hair issues like acne, dull complexion and dandruff. (1, 3)

How to Check Whether The Saffron You Are Using is Real or Fake?

Due to the usefulness of saffron in many beauty treatments and dietary purpose, it is very important to identify whether the saffron being used is original or fake before you use it, as it is very expensive and the usage of fake or impure saffron provides no benefit.

One of the easy methods to identify the real saffron is to put 1 or 2 saffron strands in the cold water. If it loses its colour instantly that means it is impure. Pure saffron will slowly lose its colour and that will be mild yellow. (8)

19 Ways to Use Saffron for Skin, Hair and Health Benefits:

Using Saffron for Skin Health Benefits

  1. Treating Dull Skin With Saffron:

    With this mask, you can refresh dull skin and remove dark circles. This improves blood circulation and exfoliates the skin. It makes your skin shiny and smooth.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 2-3 strands of saffron
    • 1 teaspoon of milk
    • 2-3 drops of olive/coconut oil
    • A pinch of sugar

    Add one teaspoon of water into saffron strands and keep the mixture overnight. In the morning add milk, oil and sugar in this. Apply this mask on the face with the help of cotton and leave it for 15 minutes to dry. Rinse it with cold water. (6)

  2. Saffron For Lightening The Skin Tone:

    Saffron is very well known for lightening the skin naturally. It gives you a glowing complexion. Also, saffron strands can be used in bathwater by sprinkling it in lukewarm water and soaking in it for 20 minutes.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 2 teaspoons of milk
    • 10-12 strands of saffron

    Mix saffron strands in the milk and leave as it is for two hours. Now apply this on the face. Rinse it off after 15-20 minutes. Regular usage of this will give a noticeable glow to your skin. (6, 7)

  3. Saffron For Radiant Skin:

    Saffron has proven quality to get smooth and radiant skin. You can use it once or twice in a week to get the benefits.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 5-6 strands of saffron
    • 2 teaspoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder

    Mix all the ingredients and make a paste of it. Wash your face and apply the paste on wet face. Now gently massage it on your face in a circular motion until you feel it is observed. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or until it dries. Now, rinse it off. (6)

  4. Saffron Improves Skin Texture:

    Saffron is very useful to get healthy skin. It also improves skin texture.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 5-7 saffron strands
    • Half cup of boiling water
    • 3 teaspoons of powdered milk

    Add saffron strands into the water and mix powder milk in it. Mix it well and prepare a thick paste. Leave it for some time until it reaches normal temperature. Apply this paste on your skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Wash off as it dries. Regular usage of this will help you to get smooth and soft skin. (6)

  5. Saffron To Treat Acne and Blemishes:

    The combination of saffron with basil leaves is very effective to treat acne and blackheads. The antifungal properties present in saffron help to treat blemishes and acne. One the other hand, basil leaves prevent bacteria that cause acne and blackheads due to the antibacterial properties.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 4-5 basil leaves
    • 8-10 strands of saffron

    Mix both the ingredients well. Apply this paste on the face and leave for 15 minutes. Wash the face with normal water. (5, 6)

  6. Get Rid of Pigmentation With Saffron:

    When our skin overproduces melanin, it causes pigmentation on the skin. Usage of saffron with turmeric is a useful remedy to get rid of this problem.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
    • 1 cup of water
    • Some crushed saffron strands

    Mix the saffron strands in water and add turmeric powder in it. Mix it well to form a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area and rinse with lukewarm water when it dries off. (4)

  7. Saffron is Great For Scar Healing:

    The healing properties present in saffron makes it a rich source for treating the scars and marks.

    Key Ingredients:

    Take the saffron strands and mix them in aloe vera gel in a bowl. Keep it for about 30 minutes. After applying this gel on the face, rinse off with cold water after 20 minutes or when it dries. This will not only help to remove marks but also help to improve uneven skin tone. (5)

  8. Saffron For Glowing Skin:

    Saffron is very helpful in achieving glowing skin.

    Key Ingredients

    • 5-6 saffron strands
    • 1 teaspoon of honey

    Mix saffron strands and honey in a bowl and apply it on the face. Rinse it off after 20 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water. The hydrating properties of honey and healing properties of saffron enhance the blood circulation of the skin and rejuvenate the dull skin and give you glowing skin. It can be used twice a week for best results. (6)

  9. Saffron To Remove Tan:

    Saffron is really useful in getting rid of tan.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 10-12 saffron strands
    • 2 teaspoons of milk cream

    Soak saffron strands in milk cream for overnight. In the morning, mix it well with the help of a blender and apply the paste on the affected area. Regular usage of this will remove tanning effectively. (6, 7)

  10. Saffron For Fair Skin:

    Saffron is well-known for getting fair skin.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 2-3 saffron strands
    • 4-5 sunflower seeds
    • Half cup of milk

    Soak saffron and sunflower seeds in milk overnight and grind this mixture in the morning to prepare the mask. Apply this on the face and rinse it off when it is dried, with cold water. (6)

  11. Saffron As A Toner:

    Key Ingredients:

    • 5-7 saffron strand
    • 1 cup of rose water

    Toning is an important step in our skincare routine especially to treat damaged skin and open pores. Toner is applied after cleansing the skin. Saffron with rose water act as a natural toner. To prepare this, mix rose water with saffron strands and keep this as it is till rose water gets its colour. Apply this on the face like a toner with the help of a cotton ball. This keeps the skin look young for a longer time. (6, 7)

  12. Saffron As A Moisturizer:

    Saffron is a great ingredient to get a hydrated skin and so many moisturizers and creams have saffron in them.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
    • 10-12 saffron strands

    Mix saffron strands in lemon juice and apply the mixture on the face and leave it for 15 minutes. The cleansing agents in the lemon help to get clear skin and saffron hydrates the skin. (1, 6)

    Apart from these skin benefit of saffron, there are many other hair and health benefits of this superb ingredient. Some of these are:

    Using Saffron for Hair Health Benefits

  13. Saffron Works Well To Reduce Hair Fall :

    Saffron mixed with oil is a great remedy to treat hair fall.

    Key Ingredients:

    Add saffron strands in the oil and keep it in sunlight. Massage gently on the scalp with this oil for 10-15 minutes before going to bed in the night. Regular use of this remedy will help get rid of hair fall problem. It can be used two or three times a week. (7)

  14. Benefits of Saffron in Dealing With Baldness and Dandruff:

    Dandruff is a common problem people face while some also suffer from baldness. Saffron helps treat both problems.

    Key Ingredients:

    • 2 teaspoons of mulethi powder
    • A pinch of crushed saffron strands
    • 3 teaspoons of raw milk

    Add mulethi powder in raw milk and make a paste of it. Now add saffron and apply this paste on the bald area before going to bed. Wash your hair in the morning with a mild shampoo. Regular use of this will reduce baldness effectively. The same remedy can be used for treating dandruff by applying this mask to your hair. (7)

    Some of the Health Benefits of Saffron:

  15. Saffron Helps Reduces Stress Level:

    Drinking milk with saffron reduces stress and improves the quality of sleep. (2)

  16. Benefits of Saffron in Relieving Migraine:

    Roast some saffron strands in ghee. Add some sugar and smell it that helps in getting some relief from the pain of migraine. (2)

  17. Saffron For Constipation:

    Roast 0.5 gram of saffron in one teaspoon of ghee and consume it before bed. It will help to treat constipation. (2, 7)

  18. Saffron Tea As Antioxidant:

    Saffron tea acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory drink. To prepare saffron tea, boil some saffron strands in two cups of water, add some mint leaves and ginger in it. Strain the tea and enjoy it. (2, 7)

  19. Benefits of Saffron in Treating Cold:

    When saffron mixed with milk is applied on the forehead, it gives quick relief from cold. (7)

    So, now you know the beauty and health benefits of the superb ingredient saffron. Give it a try and enjoy the benefits!


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Last Modified On:October 22, 2021

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