As we delve into the Secret Garden of Ranavat Botanics to dig deep into the science that has powered our ancient formulations over the past 5,000 years, we’d be remiss not to spotlight one particular ingredient that’s worth more than its weight in gold—literally. Saffron, a revered spice more expensive per ounce than gold, boasts a rich history that can be traced back over three millennia. In Ancient Egypt, healers kept saffron in their medicinal arsenals to help relieve gastrointestinal ailments. It is said that even Cleopatra incorporated the sought-after spice into her bathing rituals. In Ancient Rome, saffron was used as a deodorizer. Today, the expensive spice may be best known for its culinary use as a popular seasoning, but its beauty benefits and medicinal properties are still tapped into by many. Below, we highlight just a handful of the ways this magical botanical can help enhance your wellbeing, from the inside out.
It soothes irritated skin and keeps blemishes at bay
Saffron serves as a game-changing skincare ingredient for several reasons. Its antifungal properties make it effective in treating acne, blemishes, and pesky blackheads. The hardworking spice is also an anti-inflammatory, soothing irritated skin and reducing redness. It’s because of these benefits that saffron is a key ingredient in our Radiant Rani Illuminating Botanical Serum as well as Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque to bring out your natural glow. It brightens the complexion
For thousands of years, saffron has been used to brighten the skin. The spice is an excellent natural skin-lightening agent that can ameliorate hyperpigmentation to reveal a more flawless complexion. The potassium found in saffron encourages cell repair, restoring damaged skin and slowing signs of aging.It aids digestive health
Saffron’s anti-inflammatory properties also benefit the body internally. Incorporating saffron into your diet can improve digestive health by alleviating stomach cramps, bloating, and constipation.It boosts the immune system
The ayurvedic herb has been used medicinally for millennia. While there are many claims it can cure a long list of diseases, it is proven to give the immune system a boost. Rich in vitamin C, saffron can help stimulate the immune system’s production of white blood cells and supports the growth and repair of tissue throughout the body.It improves sleep quality
Saffron is believed to calm the mind, thereby reducing stress and restlessness. Some use saffron mixed with milk or tea before bed to act as a mild sedative and help induce sleep. Radiant Rani proves to be the perfect way to end your night time skincare ritual.