Saffron & Orange Tea
I don’t know about you, but menopausal symptoms suck. For the last month I have been having intense hot flushes and night sweats that are lasting all night long. I haven’t slept much, and I feel exhausted and constantly dehydrated.
The other issue I am not enjoying are the mood swings, which seem to fluctuate as quickly as my temperature is, which is a lot!
I have been putting of going to the GP as I know what the answer is going to be, and to be honest I would rather not go down the medical route until I feel it absolutely necessary.
I don’t think I am there yet as I am finding natural ways to ease some of the symptoms, and ‘easing’ is good enough for now.
Some of my natural interventions include:
Stretching and relaxation techniques
Time in nature
Taking the pressure off myself and reducing my daily to do list
Giving up alcohol (more about my journey with that another time)
Making sugar free cakes and snacks
Prayer and meditation
Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
Doing fun things and being creative
Giving myself permission to rest
Being creative has a calming effect on me. I really enjoy baking or spending time in my formulation lab, researching and developing my skincare line, which includes a new product for my Saffron range (more about that another time!).
What I love about Saffron is that not only has it some awesome skin benefits, but according to research has major health and emotional benefits too.
Saffron – A Powerful Anti-Oxidant
The role of anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants are very important to human health. Antioxidants are substances that protect our cells against the effects of free radicals, which are produced when our bodies break down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation.
We need to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs high in antioxidants to help clean up the body of free radicals and to help brain cells from oxidative stress, which is a major problem for people with low moods.
When there is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and getting anti-oxidants to neutralise them, oxidative stress occurs. Oxidative stress causes all sorts of health problems such as premature aging, cancer, arthritis and heart disease.
Saffron contains a very high amount of plant compounds that act as anti-oxidants, which help counteract and neutralise the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.
Further studies suggest that anti-oxidants safranal and crocin, found in saffron, may exert an anti-depressant effect by keeping balanced levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.
Before you rush out to make a yummy Saffron rice dish, it’s worth mentioning that it would not be enough to make a difference. However, two studies showed that *30mg) per day was sufficient to reduce symptoms of depression, and women who took 2 x 15mg per day, reduced or eliminated symptoms of physical and emotional PMS compared to women on placebo (these were controlled experiments so please, if you are suffering with PMS, depression or anxiety, consult your GP and do not stop taking any medication without seeking medical advice first).
**Research into the emotional and physical benefits of Saffron look very promising, and as a result it deserves a spot on my list of midlife beauty ingredients.
Saffron & Orange Tea
Using Saffron to make a tea is a quick and easy way to reap more of it’s amazing benefits. For this tea I used award winning Norfolk Saffron, which has a very bold flavour and so I found 0.03g was enough to make a tasty cuppa.
I use Jewellery scales when formulating with Saffron so it was easy for me to weigh out how much I needed. If you do not have scales that measure under 1g I would suggest using 3-4 threads. If you purchase a small jar of Saffron weighing 0.4g’s that’s just under 14 servings.
Over the weekend I had family visiting and was feeling a bit bloated. I didn’t want to add milk or sugar so I opted for a Vitamin C boost in the shape of an Orange. It turned out to be surprisingly refreshing and more flavourful than your average fruit tea.
0.03g Saffron Threads
1 medium size Orange
Freshly boiled Water
You will also need:
Pestal & Mortar to grind Saffron
Break up the threads and place in Mortar. Use the pestal to crush the threads into tiny pieces.
Now add 1-2 tsp of freshly boiled water to the mortar and grind the spices down even further.
Place infused Saffron water into a teacup.
Next juice 1 medium size orange and add to Saffron infusion.
Top up with freshly boiled water.
Drink and enjoy!
Notes: You can add more Saffron threads to create a stronger infusion I have been weaning myself off sugar, so I felt the freshly squeezed orange juice was enough. You can add more orange juice or sugar to taste.
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