Health benefits of Kumkum or Kesar: Saffron is natural remedy for hyperpigmentation
By Syed Akbar Kumkum or saffron has been hailed as a natural remedy for
hyperpigmentation. But more than its beauty enhancing properties, saffron also called kesar is a harmless painkiller and analgesic. It gives quick relief from headache, abdominal discomfort and pain caused due to injuries. Kesar finds its use in Ayurveda, Unani and homeopathy, besides in traditional Indian cuisine. Though Kesar has a number of health benefits, it should be consumed in limited quantities. The daily intake in no case should exceed 5 grams, caution practitioners of natural medicine. Ayurveda and Unani doctors prescribe kesar tea as a general health tonic and for gynaecological problems. It is also used for increasing the power of vision, for treatment of fevers and hypertension. While buying kesar one should check its purity. Kesar is used both internally and externally. Its external uses include dermatological applications for problems like blemishes, wounds, cuts and abrasions. Internally kesar is used for colouring food items, and as kesar milk and saffron tea. Ancient Indian texts regard saffron as a natural rejuvenator and appetiser. ----------------------- Home remedies ----------------------- Just a "tilak" of saffron paste, prepared by mixing kesar with milk, on the forehead provides relief from headache. For problems like hyperpigmentation, take four or five kesar pistils and soak them in a little quantity of milk. Apply it gently on the face and massage the affected portion. Saffron tea is recommended for common cold, sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections. It is also good for heart. Kesar is said to be a good natural remedy for insomnia. Drink kesar milk before going to bed for sound and peaceful sleep.