AYURVEDIC RECIPE – SAFFRON MILK

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saffron in wooden bowlSaffron is the most expensive spice in the world. The spice is produced from the stigma of the flowers, and only 3 can be acquired per flower. It is dried and sold, and is an important part of many ayurvedic medications. The most potent of this is kumkumadi tailam, which is an oil made with saffron for improving skin health.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Saffron has tridoshic This means it helps in balancing all 3 doshas in the body.
  • Saffron helps improve skin tone and texture.
  • It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Saffron is a potent anti-microbial.
  • Regular consumption of saffron helps improve vision and eye health.
  • It boosts cognitive and brain function.
  • Saffron milk is a great ayurvedic remedy for insomnia.
  • Saffron has analgesic properties.
  • It can be used to boost digestion and improve appetite.
  • Diarrhea can be curbed by consuming saffron.
  • Saffron is great for organ health, particularly the liver and heart.
  • It improves reproductive health in men.
  • It is antipyretic.
  • Saffron helps with skin issues such as melasma, freckles, acne and blackheads.
  • It smooths the skin and imparts an enviable glow.
  • It hastens wound healing.
  • It is used as a rasayana.
  • Saffron is also great for neuro degenerative disorders.

According to Ayurveda, the benefits of saffron are better experienced by the body when it is consumed with an anupana or carrier. Milk is a great anupana for this miracle spice. Saffron milk has various positive effects on the human body and has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. Below is a simple recipe to make Saffron milk at home.

pista and saffron with milk in dark backgroundSAFFRON MILK

INGREDIENTS

  • One cup milk
  • 10 strands of saffron
  • Raw sugar or jaggery
  • Almonds, cashews or pistachios

METHOD

  • Heat the milk until it starts to boil.
  • Add the saffron strands and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add sugar or jaggery to taste.
  • Garnish with nuts and serve.

Always consult an ayurvedic doctor to plan the best Ayurvedic diet for your needs.

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