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Page 13 of 16 13 Brain Health: Saffron oil's aroma is so soothing and pleasant that it can naturally relieve stress. It stimulates the production of serotonin in the body, which fights stress and depression naturally. Crocin, the active ingredient of saffron, can inhibit the deposit of amyloid-beta proteins, a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Saffron oil can also be a natural sleep- inducer, reducing interrupted sleep patterns that can affect mind and body health, as well as slow signs of disturbance on the skin's health. Diabetes: Saffron oil has the ability to help control elevating blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that including this essential oil in the diet of diabetic patients can keep their blood sugar levels under control naturally. Respiratory Issues: If a person has respiratory ailments like congestion, asthma, or even whooping cough, inhaling small amounts of saffron oil or ingesting it in small doses can be helpful in aiding respiratory congestion or to help loosen mucus and phlegm. Weight Loss: Saffron can reduce cholesterol levels, which decreases the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. It also helps with digestion, reduces fat absorption, suppresses appetite, and shows promise with improving glucose levels and fat utilization. SKIN & HAIR BENEFITS Acne/Oily Skin: The antifungal content of saffron makes it effective for the treatment of acne, blemishes, and blackheads. Brightening: Saffron is jam-packed with various vitamins such as A, B, and C, making it possess skin-lightening properties. Because it is rich in manganese, it regulates blood sugar and in turn gives you glowing skin. Hair Loss: The antioxidants in saffron can also help prevent hair loss. The spice repairs hair follicles and promotes hair growth. It has been found to be one of the best treatments for alopecia. Inflammation and Immunity: The anti-inflammatory nature of saffron enables it to be used as a potent tool against various skin conditions caused by inflamed skin, like acne and rosacea. Saffron has also been shown to increase white blood cell count without affecting the levels of other blood cells. It can selectively enhance immunity without increasing the risk of other blood-related complications. Toning: Saffron also scavenges free radicals and promotes better circulation to the face, ensuring that the skin looks toned and firm. PRECAUTIONS The issues that may arise with ingesting too much saffron may include dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness/drowsiness, nausea, appetite changes, or headaches. Just like other natural foods and spices, intake should be limited to the directed amount. The levels of saffron in recent products in the beauty industry are not at high enough levels to cause these side effects. THE BOTTOM LINE Saffron is a wonderful natural ingredient for skin care. The natural anti-inflammatory, brightening, antibacterial, and toning benefits are a great option for people with sensitive skin. This ingredient can help calm inflammation in the skin as well as other organs of the body. ▪ The anti- inflammatory nature of saffron enables it to be used as a potent tool against various skin conditions caused by inflamed skin, like acne and rosacea.

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