Health Benefits of Saffron

By Dr Garima Sancheti Saffron (kesar) also known as Crocus sativus, is the most expensive spice of the world. It is derived from the female part of the flower, i.e, the dried stigmas. Saffron's flavor and aroma makes it a favorite spice for culinary uses; it is used for medicinal purposes as well. Saffron is cultivated in India, Iran,Greece and Spain. Saffron is a boon for the brain as well as the entire nervous system.Its consumption improves digestion, effective against cold and is good for skin. Saffron acts as a tonic, aphrodisiac and anodyne. It can be boiled with milk and administered; can be used in puddings and sweets. Consumption of this herb in any form is said to be beneficial in treating numbness of limbs as well. Adding a pinch of saffron to milk and having at bedtime is good for health. Source: Article

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