Foeniculum vulgare; Crocus sativus
A colourful and delicately scented infusion that soothes the eye area.
Where do we get it?
Lush generally purchases spices, herbs and seeds through a distributor. They source products from different countries depending on seasonality and stock availability.
What are the benefits?
- Soothing and antimicrobial - fennel tea has been recommended for centuries in herbal medicine to treat inflamed and itchy eyes.
- Antioxidant - saffron’s colouring pigment, crocin, is a carotenoid believed to help the skin fight against cells’ oxidation.
- Colouring - Thanks to crocin, saffron naturally colours the products with a yellow to red hue.
‘The most expensive spice in the world’ is another name for saffron, unchanged despite the centuries. Saffron is the thin stigma of the Crocus sativus flower, a deep-red wisp that stands out against the light purple colour of the petals. With three stigmas per crocus and a flowering period that only lasts two weeks a year, it's no wonder saffron is so expensive. Many legends have surrounded the plant throughout history. To pick just one - it is said that in 15th century Nuremberg (a city in Germany that grew and traded the spice at that time) you could be burned or buried alive if you tried to sell fake or adulterated saffron.