Saffron or kesar is one of the most expensive spices in the world. The name is derived from the Arabic word, Zafran. Saffron has multitude of health benefits and hence is termed as a golden spice.

It can take more than 1,00,000 saffron blossoms to make a kg of saffron spice. Moreover the saffron stems are very delicate and hence require delicate hand picking. All these reasons make saffron an expensive spice.

In cooking, it is used to add an exotic aroma to the cusine, making it into a really special dish. Saffron can be purchases as threads or as powder. If you want to buy saffron threads, makes sure that they have orange tips, as, those without are generally dyed ones. The powder is comparatively easier to use as it can be directly added to the recipe whereas the threads need to be immersed in hot water first.

Apart from its culinary use, saffron has numerous health benefits:

  • improves digestion and appetite.

  • Used to treat cough.

  • Provides relief from gas and acidity related problems.

  • Helps in curing Insomnia.

  • It is used to cure spitting up of blood.

  • A solution to many skin problems, like dry skin, enhancing and lightening the skin tone etc.

  • It is used for the treatment of kidney, bladder and liver disorders. It helps in improving circulation to the organs of digestion.

  • Helpful in treating of various disorders like asthma, atherosclerosis and even depression.

  • Saffron is considered as a blood purifier and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Relieves inflammation of arthritis with providing relief from joint pains.

  • Massaging the gums with saffron helps in reducing soreness and inflammation of the mouth and the tongue.

  • It is recommend to use of saffron during pregnancy as the herb possess the property of raising the body temperature.

  • Provides relief from low back pain.

  • It is an antioxidant and has anti-cancerous properties.