Scientific name: Crocus sativus

Tamil : Kumkumam

Arab : Zipharana

Saffron is a plant resembling onion, 45cm high. It is one of the world’s costliest herbs. It has a peculiar aromatic odor and a bitter taste. It is a stimulant and aphrodisiac.

Medicinally, it is used in small doses in fevers, melancholia, enlargement of liver and in spasmodic cough of asthma and in catarrhal affections of children.

it also relieves flatulent colic, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, leucorrhoea etc. Externally, saffron is used in headache in the fom of paste, also applied in bruisses and superficial sores. It is also used in snake bite.

For pregnant women:

Take little saffron with betel leaves or mixed with boiled milk to ease the delivery process and the baby born will have good colour. After delivery, if the mother is given 3 grams of saffron for occasions, she will be relieved of the blood discharge.