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Saffron

01 May 2013

Saffron (Crocus sativus)

Parts used: Stigma (female)

Saffron has a long history of culinary, medicinal, dyeing and ceremonial applications. It is the world’s most expensive spice (by weight) and used to be more expensive than gold. Traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine (found in Sri Lanka and India) saffron was said to support the tonic action of other herbs in a formula and when used as a spice promotes assimilation of food into deeper tissues. Saffron is prescribed to children for colds, fevers, colic and to relieve teething pain.

Clinical studies and trials have found that in people with mild to moderate depression Saffron showed similar outcomes to some common antidepressants. Saffron is also better tolerated and very safe to use. Other trials showed relief in symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and provided significant antioxidant activity.

When I tried Saffron I was first intrigued by its brilliant golden, reddish colour. I then tasted it and really enjoyed its warming sensation that seemed to travel gently through the body.

Saffron is indicated for depression, fatigue, cough, colds, poor appetite, support cognitive function, and more! I can’t wait for you to try it (if indicated of course!)

Tags: Diet, Health, Herbals, Mood, Remedies

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