1. Saffron: History of the Medicinal Plant
Saffron is a rare species, of an exceptional quality, rich in antioxydants and active principles. It is a medicinal plant used extensively in medicine throughout the past 5000 years, particularly in the traditional Chinese medicine, which describes it as a legendary plant, whos qualities are truly precious and rare.
In Europe, saffron is considered highly adaptogenic, i.e. a variety of exceptional plants which allow fighting chronic fatigue, depression, the lack of vital energy (QI), chronic maladies, physical or mental imbalances and anxiety. It is safe to say that saffron is one of the top ten plants in the world which have truly incredible properties.
2. Saffron: Major Medicinal Properties
Saffron enhances the vitality and the energy available in the body. Thanks to its incredible adaptogenic qualities, saffron can support the body in chronic lack of energy, against great stress and the loss of vitality. Ideal for fighting against burnout and chronic fatigue, saffron is considered one of the best plants for sustaining the body through the difficulties of life.
Good quality saffron is an excellent antidepressant. People who take saffron regularly in the morning have confirmed the benefits it has on their overall wellbeing, an improvement in their attitude during depressive episodes. Saffron works on the adrenal glands (responsible for energy) and takes part in establishing the energetic, nervous and physical balance of the human body, by improving the production of neurotransmitters and major hormones, specifically serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, which are the main hormones responsible for wellbeing, sleep and mental balance.
Saffron enhances concentration, mental balance and the overall wellbeing. With its balancing properties, saffron improves the circulation of nervous impulses through the neurons, the productions of neurotransmitters and the overall quality of sleep. It is great at helping you find a sense of wellbeing, livelihood, as well as for progressively improving the quality of sleep.
Taken in between meals, it allows for a better absorption of the active ingredients, and multiplies its effects tenfold. When taken during the meal, it improves digestion. Saffron is particularly good for the liver, the gall bladder, the stomach, but also for the kidneys, the pancreas and the intestines, stimulating the digestive system in its entirety. Saffron is also good for cleansing and purifying the body, while re-establishing its internal balance.
Saffron is also well-known for being an excellent aphrodisiac for men, as well as a good stimulant of the libido for women. In fact, saffron is not a direct aphrodisiac, but it stimulates the function of several glands, such as the adrenal gland (energy) in particular, but equally the thyroid, pineal gland, pituitary gland and sexual glands (testicles/ovaries). Thus saffron improves the functionality of the reproductive system. It enhances strength and sexual potency, combats sexual distinction, and fights against hormonal imbalances linked with menopause and andropause.
3. Saffron: Benefits
A characteristic of saffron is that it is effective wherever there is an imbalance in the body, not only by bringing energy, but also by improving the circulation of energies inside the body. When the body perceives important obstructions, the active ingredients and the antioxidants of the saffron are used to purify and to clean in depth, in order to optimize the functioning of the organs, the glands and the blood circulation.
Saffron contains atioxydants which have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Thanks to those, saffron is an indirect remedy for flu, Angina, bronchitis, and gastroenteritis, even if this is not its primary function. It improves the bodily functions wherever there is an imbalance, by bringing in energy and the natural elements which can fight the imbalance in the body. Saffron does not directly fight the maladies in the body, but it strengthens our bodies and makes them more resistant. This plant deserves the title of one of the most adaptogenic plants in the world.
4. Saffron: Dosage and Treatment
The dosage for saffron varies from 50 to 150 mg per day, preferably taken as cold infusion of aprox. 12 hours (overnight).
Saffron is ideally taken over a few weeks or even months, depending on every body’s needs. The saffron infusion is best consumed in several doses throughout the day. Generally, the longer the treatment, the better saffron will be able to fight against chronical fatigue, against the symptoms of depression, everyday stress, the lack of self confidence and improve the energy and quality of sleep.
5. Safran in gastronomy
In culinary art, Safran has three properties;
● The coloring power: it gives a very appetizing yellow color.
● The aroma: very seductive, sweet.
● Flavor: unique, this condiment harmonizes flavors and exalts the taste of food.
The delicate and spicy aroma of the saffron grows on drying, the fresh stigmas are odorless.
Spanish paella, Italian risotto, soups, sauces, fish, tea and French bouillabaisse are well known classic dishes that contain this spice. The same is true for many Indian dishes. It is also very popular in pastry and sublime fruits. It is the saffron which gives the beautiful golden color to the chartreuse, a fine liquor.