Saffron (Kesar) (Crocus sativus)
The herb saffron (Crocus sativus) is widely grown in India and other parts of the world.(HR/1)
Saffron flowers have a thread-like red-colored stigma that is dried and used as a spice for its strong odour, as well as in Ayurvedic treatments. When combined with honey, saffron aids in the relief of cough and asthma. It can also help with issues with the reproductive system, such as erectile dysfunction in males and menstrual pain in women. Saffron with milk calms the nervous system, which aids in the reduction of anxiety and the prevention of sleeplessness. Saffron can also help with skin issues by protecting against sun damage.Saffron oil added to your regular cream may help prevent pigmentation and improve skin lightening.
Saffron (Kesar) is also known as :- Crocus sativus, Kesar, Zaffran, Kashmirajaman, Kunkuma, Kashmiram, Avarakta
Saffron (Kesar) is obtained from :- Plant
Uses and benefits of Saffron (Kesar):-
As per several scientific studies, uses and benefits of Saffron (Kesar) (Crocus sativus) are mentioned as per below(HR/2)
- Cough : According to certain research, the antitussive activity of Safranal, which is found in saffron, may help manage cough.
- Asthma : Asthma sufferers may benefit from saffron. Saffron contains the compound safranal, which has a bronchodilator effect, relaxing the smooth muscles of the windpipe and widening the airway. This might make it easier for you to breathe.
Because of its Ushna virya (hot) power, saffron may help with asthma and bronchitis. Its Rasayana (rejuvenating) function also helps to increase immunity by balancing Kapha. 1. Take about 4-5 saffron threads. 2. Combine 1 teaspoon honey with it. 3. Take it twice a day, after meals. 4. Continue till you notice a change in your symptoms.
- Erectile dysfunction : Due to the presence of a pigment called crocin, saffron has aphrodisiac qualities. It has the potential to improve sexual performance by increasing testosterone secretion and sperm quality. As a result, it may be useful in treating male infertility and other sexual diseases such as erectile dysfunction.
Saffron (Kesar) acts as an aphrodisiac and aids in the enhancement of sexual desire. 1. In 1 cup of warm milk, dissolve 5-6 saffron threads. 2. Set aside for ten minutes. 3. Take it before going to bed at night. 4. Do not cook saffron since it will lose valuable volatile oils.
- Insomnia : Safranal, a component of saffron, has a hypnotic effect and boosts the brain’s sleep-promoting neurons. According to a study, saffron soothes the nervous system and may help people overcome anxiety. This could help you avoid restless or sleepless nights.
Due to its Vata balancing properties, saffron aids in stress-induced insomnia. 1. In 1 cup of warm milk, dissolve 5-6 saffron threads. 2. Set aside for ten minutes. 3. Take it before going to bed at night.
- Depression : The imbalance in the level of serotonin hormone is one of the causes of depression. Saffron works as a natural antidepressant by regulating serotonin levels and alleviating depression symptoms.
Saffron balances the Vata dosha, which helps with depression. 1. In 1 cup of warm milk, dissolve 4-5 saffron (Kesar) threads. 2. Consume it twice a day, two hours after eating. 3. Stick with it for at least 3-4 months to see the best effects.
- Menstrual pain : According to studies, saffron contains antispasmodic properties and aids in pain relief during periods.
Due to its Vata balancing properties, saffron helps to ease menstrual flow and manage discomfort. Tip 1: In 1 cup of heated milk, dissolve 4-5 saffron (Kesar) threads. 2. Consume it twice a day, two hours after eating. 3. Stick with it for at least 3-4 months to see the best effects.
- Premenstrual syndrome : Saffron may aid in the management of PMS symptoms such as depression and painful periods. Saffron works as a natural antidepressant by regulating serotonin levels and so alleviating depressive symptoms. It also has antispasmodic properties, which aid in pain relief during periods.
Due to its Vata balancing and Rasayana characteristics, saffron aids in the management of premenstrual syndrome. Tip 1: Take 4-5 saffron threads. 2. Add 1-2 teaspoon honey to the mixture. 3. Take it after meals once or twice a day.
- Alzheimer’s disease : The production of a molecule called amyloid beta protein increases in Alzheimer’s patients, resulting in the creation of amyloid plaques or clusters in the brain. According to a study, saffron can help Alzheimer’s sufferers improve their memory by reducing the production of amyloid plaques in the brain.
Saffron (Kesar) has a Katu (pungent) and Tikta (bitter) flavour, as well as Ushna Virya (hot) potency, and balances the three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. As a result, the risk of nervous system problems is reduced.
- Cancer : Saffron could be utilised in cancer treatment as a supplementary therapy. Saffron phytochemicals have apoptogenic characteristics, inducing apoptosis or cell death in malignant cells while leaving non-cancerous cells unscathed. It also has anti-proliferative properties and inhibits cancer cell proliferation.
- Heart disease : Crocetin, which is found in saffron, is an antioxidant. It aids in the reduction of blood cholesterol and the prevention of plaque accumulation in the arteries. As a result, the risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced.
- Hair loss : Saffron balances the Vata dosha and promotes hair development by preventing severe dryness.
Precautions to be taken while using Saffron (Kesar):-
As per several scientific studies, below precautions should to be taken while taking Saffron (Kesar) (Crocus sativus)(HR/3)
- Saffron should be taken in a recommended dose and for a recommended duration under an Ayurvedic doctors supervision.
Special precautions to be taken while taking Saffron (Kesar):-
As per several scientific studies, below special precautions should to be taken while taking Saffron (Kesar) (Crocus sativus)(HR/4)
- Allergy : Saffron (Kesar) has the attribute of Ushana (hot in potency) according to Ayurveda, thus take these precautions when using it: Use Saffron (kesar) with milk for external treatment if your skin is hypersensitive.
How to take Saffron (Kesar):-
As per several scientific studies, Saffron (Kesar) (Crocus sativus) can be taken into the methods mentioned as per below(HR/5)
- Saffron threads : Take five to six strings with milk one or two times a day.
- Saffron Capsule : Take one capsule two times a day with milk after taking lunch and also supper.
- Saffron Tablet : Take one tablet computer twice a day with milk after taking lunch as well as supper
- Saffron oil with Olive oil : Take two to three declines of Saffron oil. Mix it with olive oil as well as massage your face in circular movement for five to ten minutes. Repeat it once a week to minimize dry skin and get normally radiant skin.
How much Saffron (Kesar) should be taken:-
As per several scientific studies, Saffron (Kesar) (Crocus sativus) should be taken into the amounts mentioned as per below(HR/6)
- Saffron (Kesar) Capsule : One capsule once or twice a day.
- Saffron (Kesar) Tablet : One tablet once or twice a day.
- Saffron (Kesar) Oil : One to three drops or as per your requirement.
Side effects of Saffron (Kesar):-
As per several scientific studies, below side effects need to be taken into consideration while taking Saffron (Kesar) (Crocus sativus)(HR/7)
- Taking larger amounts of saffron is possibly unsafe and might cause yellow appearance of the skin, eyes and mucous membranes, vomiting, dizziness, bloody diarrhea, bleeding from the nose, lips, eyelids, numbness.
- Monitor your blood pressure while taking saffron (kesar) if you are already on antihypertensive medication because it has blood lowering tendency.
- Saffron (kesar) can be taken during pregnancy but follow the dosage and duration as recommended by the doctor and self-medication should be avoided.
Questions asked frequently Related to the Saffron (Kesar):-
Question. What is Saffron tea?
Answer. Saffron tea is simply a water infusion of saffron strands. Saffron threads are added to water and boiled, with the resulting solution being used as an infusion or tea. Saffron tea is made by mixing 1 mL of saffron water with 80 mL of water. Saffron infusion can also be added to other teas, such as green tea, Kahwa tea, or masala tea.
Question. How to store Saffron?
Answer. Saffron should be kept in an airtight container and kept in a cold, dark location, preferably at room temperature. When taken out of the refrigerator and maintained at room temperature for use, it tends to collect moisture.
Question. How to make Saffron (kesar) milk?
Answer. Kesar doodh is a simple dish that can be made at home. Milk, sugar, cardamom, and a strand or two of Saffron are all you need. Boil milk, then add sugar, cardamom powder, and kesar and continue to cook for a few minutes. When it’s lukewarm, pour it into a glass and consume it.
Saffron (kesar) should not be cooked with milk since it will lose some of its valuable volatile oils.
Question. What are common brands of Saffron in India?
Answer. Patanjali kesar, Lion brand saffron, Baby brand saffron, and other Indian saffron brands are popular.
Question. How long does Saffron last?
Answer. Saffron can be kept for a long time if carefully preserved in an airtight container and under ideal conditions. Saffron powder, on the other hand, can survive up to six months while saffron threads can last three to five years.
Question. What is the price of Saffron in India?
Answer. Saffron can cost anywhere between Rs 250 and Rs 300 per gramme in India, depending on the brand and purity level.
Question. Is Saffron good for the liver?
Answer. Because of its hepatoprotective properties, saffron may be beneficial to the liver. It also aids in healthy food digestion and reduces the amount of harmful chemicals in the liver.
Saffron flowers have a thread-like red-colored stigma that is dried and used as a spice for its strong odour, as well as in Ayurvedic treatments. When combined with honey, saffron aids in the relief of cough and asthma.