Saﬀron is the most expensive spice in the world. 1 pound of saﬀron (450 grams) costs between 500 and 5000 USD and the reason behind its strapping price is the time and labor devoted in cultivating and producing the actual produce.
Saﬀron is said to be originally cultivated in Greece but today, saﬀron is being grown in the Mediterranean, East Asia and the Irano-Turanian regions as well.
The history of saﬀron use spans more than 3,500 years, extending across cultures and continents. From the grounds of Cleopatra and old Egyptian pharaohs to the scientiﬁc complexities of the modern times, Saﬀron has been used massively to treat several illnesses such as heartaches to hemorrhoids. Aside from those, the spice is also widely used by traditional healers and people with medical background in warding oﬀ inﬂammation and treating some cardiovascular diseases.
Here are 5 more impressive health beneﬁts of saﬀron.
1. Saﬀron helps alleviate depression Saﬀron extract may support mental health partly by increasing levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. Generally, the spice’s eﬀect to people who suﬀer from depression is comparable to that of standard antidepressants (Ristic, 2020)
Also, both the saﬀron petals and thread-like stigma appear to be eﬀective against mild-tomoderate depression (Raman, 2019).
2. Saﬀron may reduce PMS symptoms Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a term that describes physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms occurring before the start of a menstrual period. Studies show that saﬀron may help treat PMS symptoms like irritability, headaches, cravings and abdominal pain (Raman, 2019).
A diﬀerent study found that simply smelling saﬀron for 20 minutes helped reduce PMS symptoms like lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol (Fujui, et. Al, 2016).
3. Saﬀron helps alleviate asthma. Children who have asthma or have diﬃculty in breathing can beneﬁt from saﬀron. The spice generally helps in clearing your child’s airways from inﬂammation. It is also a good quick ﬁx for asthma attacks.
4. Saﬀron helps in reducing acne. Saﬀron is known for its anti-fungal properties, ﬁghting germs and bacteria that cause whiteheads, blackheads and acne.
You can make a face pack by cashing basil leaves along with a few strands of saﬀron. Apply the paste on your face for about 15 minutes and then wash it oﬀ with cool water.
5. Saﬀron can help with insomnia. Saﬀron has mild sedative properties that can possibly babies and adults who have sleep disorder. You can include 2-3 strands of saﬀron in a variety of drinks or you may opt to take saffron supplements that are available in the market.
Where to buy saﬀron?
Saﬀron is available in a number of local Middle Eastern groceries and also, in some online platforms. REDSAFF SAFFR is one of the most credible sources of saﬀron spices known for its premium quality and authenticity.
Organically grown in Herat Province, West of Afghanistan, REDSAFF SAFFR is a superior spice cultivated in the rich soil and ideal climate of the Afghan region. All threads are handpicked by the Afghan women and packed in a beautiful airtight sealed jar in New York City.