It’s been ages since I touched my blog. Since I’ve been busy with my pregnancy I’ve not managed my time to type up a blog. I wanted to share this drink with all of you pregnant women out there. Know what you intake while pregnant. Don’t drink or eat blindly without knowing the purpose of each diet.
Now that I am in my sixth month of pregnancy, I drink a lot of Saffron Turmeric Milk. During pregnancy women drink Saffron Turmeric milk. I was told by my elders that this milk contains products for fairer complexion of baby’s skin. After some detail research I came to know the medical reasons behind this solution of Saffron in Turmeric milk.
I am not a big fan of drinking milk as my family members can tell you why am not a milk drinker. If I do intake milk I drink with diluted tea or hot chocolate. I was also told caffeine should not be consumed during pregnancy as this will affect the mental growth of the foetus. Hey! Coffee is not my cup of tea 😛
Benefits of Saffron:
As far as scientific research goes saffron’s relation to skin complexion is a myth. Remember your baby cannot have blue eyes and blond hair or look like Chinese if neither of the parent carried that gene – same is true with skin – you can only pass on what you have.
Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus. This is the most expensive spice I’ve bought. It is apparently a rare flower that is grown in tropical parts of the world. It is also grown in other colder parts of the world but in small quantities.
Saffron is widely used in Indian, Persian, European, Arab, and Turkish cuisines. Confectioneries and liquors also often include saffron. Saffron has also been used as a fabric dye, particularly in China and India, and in perfumery. It is used for religious purposes in India, and is widely used in cooking in many cuisines, ranging from the Milanese risotto of Italy to the bouillabaisse of France to the biryani with various curry accompaniments in South Asia.
Saffron has a long medicinal history as part of traditional healing; several modern research studies have hinted that the spice has possible anticarcinogenic (cancer-suppressing), anti-mutagenic (mutation-preventing), and antioxidant–like properties. It is also helps with blood circulation. Pumping blood from heart to the foetus without any blockages from intake of cholesterol.
Benefits of Turmeric:
Turmeric is considered highly auspicious in India and has been used extensively in various Indian ceremonies for millennia. Even today it is used in every part of India during wedding ceremonies and religious ceremonies.
Turmeric has played an important role in both Buddhist and Hindu spiritualism. The robes of the Buddhist monks were traditionally coloured with a yellow dye made of turmeric. Because of its yellow-orange colouring, turmeric was associated with the sun or the Vishnu in the mythology of Hinduism. Yellow is the colour of the solar plexus chakra, which in traditional Indian medicine is the energy centre relating to the metabolic and digestive systems. Orange is the colour of the sacral chakra, and tied to the reproductive system.
A pinch of Turmeric and two strands of Saffron in boiled milk will do the trick to a healthy drink. I drink a cup of this thrice a week just before I go to bed. I do not enjoy the spicy aroma with my milk but I know it is beneficial for my baby’s well being.
Resources of information: Indiaparenting.com and wikipedia