Saffron, binomial name Crocus Sativus. It is a medicinal spice which is obtained from the dried stigma of saffron flower and it contains several carotenoid compounds. Carotenoids is the one which give saffron its rich golden red colour, which have potential anti-depressant, anti-oxidant, and anti-cancer properties. Saffron is the world’s most expensive herb and it is used in Siddha and Ayurveda Medical System for more than 2000 years.
In Tamil language, it is called Kumkumapoo . It is an expensive herb with several health benefits, so it is also known as golden spice. Saffron is rich in vitamins that are vital for prime wellbeing including: vitamin A, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin and vitamin C. It has a good source of magnesium, manganese, selenium, calcium, zinc and phosphorus, which are essential for muscle relaxation, memory, building of new cells, heart function and much more.
Saffron is used in many recipes to improve taste and smell around the world. In India, it is used in many sweets and also as an important ingredient of Badham Kheer. Saffron is also used in the cosmetic and perfume industry and in India, it is a part of religious and marriage festivities.
Some of the many benefits of Saffron include:
Massaging saffron on gums reduce soreness and inflammation in the mouth.
Reduces inflammation and clearing airways in lungs, thereby easing the symptoms of asthma
Increases the secretion of insulin, helps in reducing excessive blood glucose levels
Increases glucose absorption and fatty acid oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity
Crocetin in saffron is helpful in lowering the blood pressure
Effective in relieving depression
Hepatoprotective - Activates the liver and spleen
It eases childbirth and in post-delivery women, it can increase strength and wellbeing faster
It purifies the blood and increase the oxygen content of blood.
It stimulates and regulates thyroid
It has ability to increase the level of serotonin (a chemical in the brain) which reduces chances of becoming obese. (Suppress appetite to control weight)
Helps in treating menstrual problems ( Effective for Irregular Periods)
Reduces bleeding in the uterus, it alleviates the pain caused by menstruation
Used as a sedative and anticonvulsant in Siddha Systems of medicine
Very effective remedy for acne and other similar skin conditions
When you buy saffron threads, you must check whether they are red in colour with orange tips, else they may be dyed, and therefore, must be avoided.
Store saffron in an airtight container away from bright light and moisture.
Good quality saffron can be stored for 2-3 years, but inferior quality saffron deteriorates rapidly.
The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice.