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Saffron is also known as Crocus Sativus and is called as “Varnya gana”in the world of ayurveda. This means “one that reveals fairness and glow to skin”. It is one among the most expensive herbs used in Ayurveda, and is also used in Chinese and Unani medicinal preparations. It is hot in potency and it pacifies all three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha).
Health Benefits of Saffron:
These gorgeous red threads help to rejuvenate the body and act as “Rasayana.” They improve body’s immunity and increase the energy level.
It has been traditionally prescribed to control phlegm, improve respiratory function and as a lung tonic. Saffron has bronchodilator effects. It helps in improving pulmonary oxygenation hence it’s used in conditions like whooping cough, asthma, cold, cough, throat ailments etc.
Saffron has properties to improve vision and correct weak eyesight.
Massaging the gums with saffron helps reduce soreness and inflammation of the mouth and the tongue.
It is a cardio tonic. It helps in lowering blood cholesterol and triglycerides among heart patients. It keeps the blood pressure under control.
This spice is a powerful liver tonic and carminative. It is used for the improvement of digestion and increases appetite. It helps in ailments like indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, acidity, and spleen ailments.
Sedative action of saffron helps in curing insomnia, a pinch of saffron taken with warm milk at night helps curing insomnia.
Saffron also possesses aphrodisiac properties as per Ayurvedic texts, hence it’s used to cure impotence.
Saffron helps in the management of premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, and irregular menstruation. It has traditionally been prescribed to facilitate difficult labour.
Ayurvedic medicines containing saffron are used to treat acne, dry skin, blemishes, dark circles around eyes and several such skin ailments. It helps to beautify skin by enhancing its glow.
Saffron is considered as a blood purifier and is anti-inflammatory in nature.
It helps in pacifying urinary complaints because of its diuretic nature. Saffron benefits in easy flow of urine.
It is an antioxidant and has anti-cancerous and anti-tumor properties.
Saffron can be given to pregnant women in the beginning of the 3rd trimester. (Around the 7th month). Intake of about 2-3 threads of saffron soaked in milk can impart fair and glowing complexion to the fetus.
Saffron is also known to produce positive effects on people with neurodegenerative disorders. Saffron promotes learning, memory retention, and recalling capacity. It is useful in the treatment and management of age related mental impairment. Saffron has been known as an effective and safe treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease.