There’s no denying the pressure I am sometimes under while looking after the little one, caring for family members and working full-time.
So for a quick pick-me-up, I drink saffron tea as a way to boost my mood, relax and brighten up my day.
I use saffron a lot in our household. It has an intense scent and goes into nearly every Persian dish I make, but I also add a couple if threads of it to hot tea. I love its flame-red colour and the aroma that fills our kitchen as a result.
It certainly seems to have a relaxing effect on little Cyrus, who tends to drift off to sleep in his pushchair whenever I’m cooking with it.
Saffron comes from the crocus flower and most of the world’s saffron comes from Persia. Its healing properties can be traced back thousands of years as it was actually used as an antidepressant in traditional Persian medicine.
Today it is used to treat depression, mood swings, PMS, hormone imbalance, memory and circulation issues, and more recently cancer. It has also been studied and shown to be as effective as certain antidepressant drugs. The rich antioxidants and phytonutrients in saffron make it very powerful.
HOW TO MAKE SAFFRON TEA:
There are various ways of making saffron tea, you can even make it with milk. However as a busy mum, I prefer the easy option. It can be made with ease by simply popping two to three red filaments to any cup of hot tea and adding a 1/4 tsp honey and a little cinnamon if desired.
TIP: Saffron does have a shelf life and loses its potency over time. If yours is more than two years old, get yourself some fresh saffron. It should always be kept out of the light, so don’t buy it in a clear container unless the strands are wrapped in cellophane that is coloured. Pregnant women and patients that have bipolar disorder should not consume saffron supplements.