The Secret to Discovering Your Self Worth!
I thought it rather strange.
Why should I think of this word in particular? It wasn't as if I had used it in my cooking lately.
In fact it has been years since I last used saffron.
Could it possibly be a message from Mother Nature, a Secret Pearl to share with the world? Eager to find out more, I decided to search for as much information as possible about this magical ingredient.
Since ancient times, saffron has been used for a variety of reasons.
Sumerians used it in their remedies and magical potions while ancient Persians wove threads of saffron into textiles; offered it to their gods; used it in dyes, perfumes, medicines and body washes.
They used it as a drugging agent and aphrodisiac and even brewed it in tea as a curative for bouts of melancholy.
In Tamil saffron was used to cure a headache and to reduce labour pains, while 252 medical treatments for various disorders using saffron, have been recorded in Chinese medical texts.
Cleopatra used saffron in her bath to make lovemaking more pleasurable while Egyptian healers used it as a treatment for many medical conditions including cough, colic and scabies.
Even though modern medicine has also discovered the healing properties of saffron, it is more commonly known for its use in adding colour and flavour to foods.
Saffron is not cheap; in fact it is the world's most expensive spice.
It is derived from a flower, saffron crocus, which bears three red stigmas.
It takes between 20 000 to 70 000 threads of stigmas to make one pound of dry saffron.
This equates to 50 000 to 75 000 flowers.
No wonder the price for a pound of saffron costs between US$500 - US$5000.
I was thinking how amazing it was that such a small part of a plant could have such a huge impact on humanity, but then realised that we, as humans, could do the same.
Just like the saffron crocus, each one of us has something of worth to share.
We may think that what we have to offer is insignificant or not good enough, but collectively we can make just as big an impact on humanity as saffron does.
Have you identified the areas where you can contribute something of worth to humanity? Even if you think that what you have is not enough, collectively, we can make a difference.
Remember that it only takes...