Saffron (Scientific name – Crocus Sativus) is an Ayurvedic herb with lots of Ayurvedic benefits. It is widely grown in India and other parts of the world. Saffron flowers have a threadlike red-coloured stigma that is dried and used commercially in Ayurvedic medicines and as a spice for its powerful odour. Kumkum or Saffron is an Ayurvedic plant used to cure acne, blackheads, diarrhoea, and skin problems and strengthen immunity and memory. The following are the 5 Ayurvedic benefits of Saffron:
- Cooling Blood Purifier
Saffron is a stimulating purifier that invigorates, moves, and cools the blood. Saffron dissolves blood clots and relieves liver congestion. While most blood movers are warming, Saffron is peculiar among blood movers in that it is cooling. As a result, Saffron is beneficial for Pitta disorder caused by blood stagnation, such as inflammation, arthritis, acne, and hepatitis.
- Beneficial for Reproductive Health
Saffron has long been regarded for its potent aphrodisiac effects. A pinch of Saffron mixed with milk not only increases libido in both men and women but also aids in the treatment of infertility and age-related sexual dysfunction in both genders, making it a go-to herb for infertility and age-related sexual dysfunction.
Saffron is also beneficial to women with menstruation problems such as irregular cycles or painful periods. It helps to regulate cycles, balance hormones, and alleviate PMS symptoms. Saffron may help protect against Endometriosis, a disorder in which tissue comparable to the womb lining begins to grow in places where it does not belong, such as the fallopian tubes or the ovaries.
- Skin Health
Saffron is classified under “
” in Ayurveda, which is the category of herbs which are popular to give the skin a warm and glowing appearance. The spice is known to balance all Doshas and is thus considered Tridoshic. It is a beneficial anti-oxidant for flushing toxins out of the body and skin and a calming anti-inflammatory and blood circulation booster. The Kumkumadi oil at Birla Ayurveda is a natural combination of herbs and oil that helps in brightening the skin. The rare element of Kumkuma helps improve the texture and toning of the skin. The oil helps in lightening the dark spots on the skin.
- Balances Tridoshas and Boosts Immunity
Saffron can help to balance the body’s doshas and cleanse toxins. This hot-potency herb is high in antioxidants and helps combat cough, cold, and fever while boosting immunity also. It helps prevent seasonal ailments and fight contagious diseases like flu caused by germs like viruses. Saffron and honey can also aid with asthma attacks by clearing inflamed airways and restoring breathing.
Saffron is an analgesic with anti-inflammatory qualities that can aid with pain, swelling, and stiffness. Saffron’s immunomodulatory and anti-microbial properties make it an effective treatment for painful auto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Crocin effectively reduces the level of pro-inflammatory markers and revitalises damaged cartilage and bone, making it beneficial for individuals suffering from joint problems like osteoarthritis.
These 5 Ayurvedic benefits of Saffron are some of the many reasons to include Saffron in your daily routine to benefit your health and body.