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Greek’s elixir of life! Chinese’s key to medicine! Indian’s faith in its color and essence! Saffron indeed is worth to be considered the most expensive spice in the world. Not just for its color and size but for the versatile benefits of each thread of this spice of life.
Norman Douglas once said, “A man who is stingy with saffron is capable of seducing his own grandmother.” Saffron is attached to the history of many places for over 3500 years and its cultivation requires meticulous effort. The reason for saffron’s expensive status is due to various factors, such as:
- By weight saffron’s cost is the most.
- Only for half a kilogram of saffron production the making of it requires almost 250,000 stigmas. This makes it an expensive spice.
- Due to its intricacy of stigma processing and selection, saffron cultivation is handled by hand and the energy and total labor required in the whole production process makes it the most expensive spice.
زعفران (za’farān) in Arabic, saffron’s cultivation was first done in Greece in the Island of Crete during the Bronze Age. Even today it is a major spice in the Southwestern cuisine especially in Morocco. It is not just useful for adding color and flavor to food but also good curing multiple ailments.
Saffron is used for:
- Whooping cough or pertussis
- Flatulence or intestinal gastric problem
- Hemoptysis (coughing and splitting of blood)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pre Menstrual Syndrome
- Menstrual Cramps
- Dry Skin
- Arteriosclerosis or hardening of arteries
- Alopecia or baldness
- Sexual Simulation
- Premature ejaculation in men
Saffron is a host of ailment curing capability has made it a popular substance for medication. From Greece saffron was gradually propagated for cultivation to Eurasia and now it is popular in America, Africa and Oceania. History claims that saffron can cure over 90 different diseases.
Serotonin is a brain chemical that regulates our appetite and mood. With one unique capability saffron can do wonders in multiple ways. When we consume saffron it increases our serotonin level that in turn regulates our mood. Often our bad mood is a reason for excess eating and low serotonin is the cause of this. We keep getting unnecessary cravings that make us pro mindless munching habit. Hence, we often lose count of the number of calories, the sugar consumption and the resultant obesity. It is often popularly known as emotional eating.
Saffron’s unique color is used as a dying agent for clothes as well. However, due to its excessive expense, several substitutes are used to get the perfect color of saffron. Buddhist monks use saffron colored clothes and for getting the unique identical color they don’t use saffron but substitutes of it. There are three main substitutes that are famously across the world used to get the exact saffron color:
- Safflower (Dyer’s saffron)
However, maintaining brightness of a saffron colored cloth is quite tough as it has chances of fading quite often.
Saffron is considered miraculous for good skin. Source of vitamin a and C, saffron is used a key agent to rejuvenate skin tone as well. As an antibacterial and with exfoliating capability saffron is often used in herbal cosmetics to brighten skin tone also. As it can kill bacteria it is often added in anti acne and anti pimple creams and astringents. It is a rich antioxidant that helps to give back supple look to the skin. It is often recommended to be mixed with milk and to apply before bath over skin for fairer looks. Also, pregnant women are recommended to add it to milk so that it helps the baby to get fairer looks as well.
Saffron’s aroma is famous throughout the world and this makes it popular to be used even in the making of perfumes. Its aroma is often considered to be hay like, grassy and of metallic note. It was also added to certain kinds of wines that were later used as perfumes. The Persians, Greeks and Romans used it in their traditional bathing systems to add to their cleansing agents.
Saffron as a cooking spice needs no special mention. Spread across the world’s cuisine’s saffron attracts gourmets from different corners. From soups, biriyanis, confectionaries and desserts to even drinks and beverages, saffron’s uncountable usages need no special introduction. This unique plant must be preserved as an essential element of nature as it not hold several cultures together by adding color and aroma but also holds history and makes it stand in the present in same vivacious color.
From the time of Babylonia and Assyria today, saffron is a harbinger of the immemorial times of different corners of the world.