Everyone knows saffron for its exorbitant price and unique taste. But what is often ignored are their exceptional therapeutic virtues.
Not only have they been recognized for a long time, but they are more than ever the subject of serious study.
Therefore, besides being a famous aphrodisiac, saffron is now under the watchful eye of specialists for its anti-cancer properties.
Saffron, a rare and expensive spice
What is called saffron are the dried stigmas of Crocus sativus, which have been cultivated for several millennia.
For a kilo of saffron, count 150,000 to 300,000 saffron flowers, which is 75 to 200 hours of harvest. It is this cost of labour that makes it the most expensive spice in the world, with a price per kilo between 3000 and 4000 €.
Although it grows easily in Europe, 90% of the saffron consumed in the world is produced in Iran…
Too expensive, the saffron has always had its swindlers, once threatened with heavy fines or even the death penalty.
In this field, everything has been tried: dyeing other flowers to make them look like him, inflating them to increase their weight with water or syrup, extracting the dye with alcohol and selling the exhausted stigmata… Dust, all the subterfuges, through the turmeric and the brick, were used to cut it or imitate it! But it was never equaled.
Saffron Known since ancient times
Already 50,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, prehistoric men used saffron for their cave paintings.
For their part, the Sumerians, our ancestors at all, used it for their magic potions… However, they did not cultivate saffron and preferred to collect saffron in the wildflowers, convinced that only divine intervention gave them the desired virtues.
We find saffron very early in Europe, since the beginning of civilization. Therefore, it appears in a fresco by Santorini, a Greek island known to be related to the myth of Atlantis.
Naturally, the Greeks made it a myth. Crocos, a friend of Hermes’ with whom he played the puck, would have been fatally wounded, and his blood would have croaked.
Homer sings it as a medicine and a perfume, and the Roman poets Martial and Lucain also praised it.
Dioscoride, a Greek doctor, pharmacist and botanist since the beginning of our era, had already noticed diuretic , antitussive and aphrodisiac properties.
It is also especially appreciated in Chinese medicine for improving circulation, calming abdominal pain or preventing pulmonary embolism, with a globally recognized beneficial action in the respiratory system.>
Saffron for wound healing
This rare spice is also haemostatic and vulnerable (wound and wound healing), anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant…
Its preventive effects against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are also being studied, with encouraging prospects.
Beneficial Properties of Saffron
The virtues of saffron in the genital system have been recognized by Western and Eastern medicine, especially in Ayurvedic medicine.It stimulates libido in both men and women, so it is sometimes preferable to antidepressants whose use can cause a decrease in desire in both sexes.
Regulator and menstrual analgesic .
Finally, a recent study shows that it relieves postpartum pain better than mefenamic acid, commonly used for this purpose.
Saffron against cancer
Recently, a large number of studies have closely examined the cancer powers of saffron . The antioxidant virtues of saffron could explain part of this preventive action against cancer.
But its action seems to be more extensive and profound.
It acts at different levels against gastric, colon, breast, prostate, ovarian, pancreatic, liver, lung or skin cancer. Saffron would also offer protective properties against chemotherapy .
Even if we know today that cooking and heat decrease the concentration of the active ingredients in saffron, you can still feel some of the effects of preparing a simple small infusion.
It is sufficient to mix half a gram with one gram per liter of water and infuse a quarter of an hour covering. Next, you will be able to glimpse its aphrodisiac, sedative and antidepressant capabilities.
To ease your period and relieve the pain that accompanies it, as women do since ancient Greece, you only need to double the dose and take this infusion at the rate of 2 to 3 cups per day.