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Saffron Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Crocus Sativus, Iridaceae Family
Hindi Name
Chinese Name
Fan Hong Hua
Homeopathic Name
Crocus Sativus   -   Mother Tincture

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Saffron Cures


Action of Saffron

Most Effective

Nutrients in Saffron

Most Effective

Nature of


Parts Used

Dried Stigma, Petal

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Saffron

It may cause an allergic reactions, such as: Rash, Hives, Itching Swelling of the mouth or throat, Wheezing, Difficulty in breathing.
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Saffron is a flowering plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in the dry climate.
It grows up to 30 cm.
Best used for Liver Diseases and Urinary Tract Infection.

In TCM :
Saffron : Fan Hong Hua
Meridians associated : Heart and Liver.


Common Names

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Materia Medica for Saffron

Saffron General

Saffron is the long thread like spice obtained from the flower Stamen. It is an expensive spice. It is popular for its delicious flavor used in making exotic dishes.
The Homeopathic remedy, Saffron is best used to treat rapid alteration of emotional conditions like Anger with repentance, Laughter with tears etc.
Beauty benefits:
The Antibacterial quality of Saffron helps in curing Acne. It is exfoliating in nature that removes the dead skin cells and brightens the complexion. It is acts as a Skin lightening agent and tones your skin.
Saffron tea is best in relieving Gas and Acidity. It's carminative property reduces Flatulence and Stomach Cramps. It helps in easy digestion.
Sleep Disorders:
It is sedative in nature. It provides a relaxing and calming effect to the Body. It cures Insomnia and enhances sound sleep.
Eye Benefits:
It regulates the vision cells and protect them from damage. Saffron prevents age related eye disorders mainly Macular Degeneration and Kearns Sayre Syndrome.
It improves vision and strengthens the Eye muscles.
Memory Enhancer:
It suppresses the deposition of Amyloid Beta in the Brain that causes Alzhemier. It is a good herbal remedy to treat Alzheimer. It enhances the learning power and helps in conserving the past memory.
Heart Problems:
Saffron is good for heart. It reduces the Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure. It prevents the blockage in the arteries and clears the blood vessels.
Saffron helps the person to fight with Cancer. It stops the cancer cells from spreading and signals them to commit suicide.
It is good for patients having Asthma. It broadens the air passage and make breathing easy. Saffron reduces the lungs inflammation and treats other respiratory problems.
Menstrual Relief:
It relieves the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome. It reduces the abdominal pain and heavy bleeding.
Saffron contains carotenoids and Vitamin B that increases the effect of serotonin in the brain. This helps in reducing Depression and Stress. It calms the mind and brain.
Caution: Consult a doctor before consuming it
Keywords: Acne, Gas, Acidity, Flatulence, Stomach Cramps, Insomnia, Macular Degeneration, Kearns Sayre Syndrome, Alzheimer, High Blood Pressure, Asthma, Premenstrual Syndrome, Depression, Stress, Cancer.
Single Herb

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Menstrual Disorders

Take Saffron with a glass of milk.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Skin Diseases

Make a paste of saffron by adding milk in it. Apply on the affected areas.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Fever

Add half tsp of Saffron in a cup of boiled water. Drink 1 tsp of it after a gap of an hour.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Dull Skin

Saffron ( Kesar ) is considered to be an ideal ingredient to upgrade your beauty. It gives glow and fair tone to your skin.
Dip 2 strands of Saffron in 20 ml Milk. Leave it overnight. Apply it using Cotton bud on your Face and Neck.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Insomnia

Add 2 threads of Saffron ( Kesar ) in a cup of warm Milk. Drink it during bedtime.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Eyes

Boil 3-4 threads of Saffron ( Kesar ) in a cup of water. Use it as an Eye Wash when bearable hot.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Spermatorrhea

Add 2 to 3 strands Saffron ( Kesar ) in a cup of boiling milk. Drink it daily.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Dark Lips

Saffron ( Kesar ) gives pinkish colour to lips. Add 3 to 4 strands of Saffron ( Kesar ) with little butter. Mix it well. Massage your lips with this mixture once or twice a day. This will definitely improve our lips colour and make it soft.

Saffron for Erectile Dysfunction

Mix half teaspoon of Saffron in one glass of warm milk. Have it daily.

Saffron as an Aphrodisiac

Saffron enhances the sexual potency. It strengthens the Uterus and also treats Menstrual Disorders.
Boil 3-4 threads of Saffron in one glass of Milk. Drink it lukewarm.

Saffron ( Kesar ) for Excessive Masturbation

Saffron ( Kesar ) is known to reverse the Masturbation Addiction.
Add 2-3 strands of Saffron to a glass of warm milk. Drink it every night before going to sleep. Continue until you see the results.
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Herbal Treatment For Swelling 1

Take 4 cups of broken Agarwood chips. Soak in 2 litre water over night. Next day boil it till the water is reduced to half litre. Now grind the chips separately and again boil with the decoction for 10 Minutes. Filter. Heat with half litre each of Coconut Oil and Cow's Milk. Add One cup each of Wild Turmeric, Rinds of Terminalia Bellirica and 2 cups each of Cassia Auriculata and Southernwood flower. Add a pinch of Saffron. Boil for 10 Minutes. Cool, strain and store. Massage the scalp with this oil twice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Baldness 2

Dip 5 cups of broken Agarwood chips in 2 liter water overnight. - Boil untill the water reduces to one fourth. Add half liter of Coconut Oil and Cow's Milk, one cup each of Wild Turmeric, Rinds of Terminalia Bellirica and 2 cups each of Cassia Auriculata ( Tarwar ) and Southernwood flower. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain. Apply on the scalp twice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Debility 2

Take a glass of Milk. Add 4 Dates, a pinch of Saffron ( Kesar in India ), Cardamom ( Choti Ilaichi in India ) Powder and One tablespoon Honey ( Shehad in India ). Mix and drink daily before retiring.

Herbal Treatment For Premature Ejaculation Massage 1

Mix the following essential oils in a carrier oil.
Carrier oil : Jasmine suggested (100 ml)
Essential Oils : 5 drops each : Clove oil. Black Pepper. Asafoetida. Acmella Oleracea . Withania Somnifera . Saffron. Musk.
Massage the penis with this oil once a day, for two months. Do not wipe off the residue oil.
Method of massage : Apply oil liberally. Massage from the root of the penis to the glans. Glans must be included in the massage. Penis should be in semi erect condition. Massage for at least 15 minutes every day.
If essential oils are not available. This oil can be infused with the herbs at home.
Take 200 ml sesame oil in a small bowl. Place it in another pan with water. Put on low heat. Take a large pinch of all the above herbs. Semi powder them in a small grinder. Add to the oil. Leave on very low heat for about two hours or till all the ingredients have changed colour. . Monitor the heat. Do not overheat. Oil must not smoke. Add 200 ml Jasmine oil. Store. Use every day. It will have the same effect as the essential oils.

Herbal Treatment For Acne 8

Take equal quantity of Saffron, Turmeric, Azadirachta Indica ( Neem ), Red Sandalwood, Basil and Fuller's Earth ( Multaani Mitti ). Mix them in Butter Milk or Milk. Apply on the affected part twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Libido Loss Male 1

Take the following herbs :
Withania Somnifera : 5 tablespoons
Asparagus Racemosus : 5 tablespoons
Dodder : 1.5 tablespoons
Saffron : 2 pinches
Anacyclus Pyrethrum : 1 tablespoon
Nutmeg : 1 tablespoon
Marsh Orchid : 1/2 tablespoon
Grind all ingredients together. Have half teaspoon with milk daily.

Herbal Treatment For Libido Loss Male 3

Take the following herbs :
Asphaltum : Shilajit : 2 tablespoons
Indian Spider Plant : Safed Musli : 2 tablespoons
Saffron : Kesar : 1/4 teaspoon
Asparagus : Shatavari : 2 tablespoons
Powder them together. Take 1/4 teaspoon twice a day with milk for 2 months.
Note : You may continue this medicine after a gap of 3 months, if problem persists.

Herbal Treatment For Impotence 6

Take 50 grams Asphaltum, 50 grams Indian Spider Plant, 50 grams Asparagus Racemosus and 4 to 5 grams Saffron. Grind them together. Take half teaspoon with milk once a day for 2 months.
Note : You may continue this medicine after a break of 2 or 3 months, if needed.

Herbal Treatment For Oligospermia 4

Mix 5 tablespoons Asphaltum (powdered), 5 tablespoons Indian Spider Plant (powdered), 5 tablespoons Asparagus Racemosus (powdered) and 5 pinches Saffron. Take half teaspoon with milk twice a day for 3 months.
Note : If problem persists, you may continue after 3 months.

Herbal Treatment For Body Odour 3

Take the following herbs in equal quantity :
Agarwood : Agar
Vetiver : Khas Khas
Saffron : Kesar
Benzoin : Loban
Camphor : Kapur
Symplocos Racemosa : Lodhra
Nut Grass : Nagarmotha
Grind them together. Rub for 20 minutes over body daily.

Herbal Treatment For Hoarseness 7

Take the following herbs :
Asafoetida : Hing : Powdered : 1 tablespoon
Brown Mustard : Lal Sarson : Seeds : Powdered : 1 tablespoon
Saffron : Kesar : Powdered : 1 tablespoon
Black Pepper : Kali Mirch : Powdered : 1 tablespoon
Put all ingredients in a bottle. Add one tablespoon of Honey ( Shehad ). Have half teaspoon mixture and suck it. Do it twice or thrice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Weakness

Weakness may strike anywhere. No matter where it shows itself, it mostly starts in the brain. It may be low libido. It may be in the form of depression. The cause may be stress. Most of the time one cannot put one's finger on the cause, yet a person may simply feel low. Sometimes you may just sit there, doing nothing, listless, not wanting to even move. Come on get up! Go take a pinch of your favourite powder. What ? You haven't made it yet. Then lets make it.
Powder the following dried herbs and mix them in the measure given against each:
Withania Somnifera ( Ashwagandha ) : 2 tablespoon
Saffron ( Kesar ) : 5 to 8 strands
Asparagus Racemosus ( Shatavari ) : 1 tablespoon
Nutmeg ( Jaiphal ) : 1 tablespoon
Golden Bamboo ( Baans ) : 1 tablespoon
Indian Kudzu ( Vidari Kanda ) : 1 tablespoon
Add the extract of the following two herbs :
Indian Spider Plant ( Safed Musli ) : Extract : 1 tablespoon
Asphaltum ( Shilajit ) : Extract : 1 tablespoon
Store in a glass jar. Leave it for a week. After a week, take 2 pinches with a glass of lukewarm milk on alternate nights before going to bed.
These two pinches will relieve you of stress, enhance your mood, remove depression and lead you to a bout of healthy sex.
Note 1. This is not a classic aphrodisiac. It is not to be used like viagra or cialis. It should not be considered a love potion. This combination is to improve your overall health.
Note 2. It acts equally well for male and female. If you are a female and feeling low. This is for you.
Caution : However, females need to exercise a little caution. Do not partake of this combination 2 to 3 days before, during and 2 to 3 days after your menses.

Herbal Treatment For Baldness 28

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of Saffron ( Kesar ) and 2 tablespoon Liquorice ( Mulethi ) powder in 4-5 tablespoons of Milk ( dudh ). Apply it on the bald patches at night and wash off next morning.

Herbal Treatment For Hair Fall 6

Add a quarter to 1 teaspoon Saffron into one cup of milk with Licorice root powder. Mix it well. Apply directly to bald patches at bedtime and leave it overnight. Wash your hair next morning. Repeat this procedure thrice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction 1

Take 1 teaspoon each of Saffron, Cardamom, Dry Coconut Gratings, Raisins and Powdered Rock Sugar ( Mishri ). Mix and wrap all the herbs in a Betel leaf. Chew it after meals.

Herbal Treatment For Wrinkles 16

Take one teaspoon each of Sandalwood powder, Raw Milk, Saffron. Mix them well. Apply over the wrinkles and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with fresh water.
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Anne ( Uk )
05 Mar 2016
Hi I am not pregnant but wanted to know if I drink kumkuma puvv will that be help my skin complexion
14 Mar 2016
YES, You may have it. Or alternatively , you may take its tincture. It is known as Crocus Sativa. % drops to b taken in the morning and 5 in the evening in half glass of water.
K.praneeth ( India )
09 Dec 2016
Hello sir.
My name is praneeth. if I use the saffron as an eye vision cure.. does it give result or not and how to use it??
Manteesh ( India )
12 Dec 2016
K. Praneeth.
Yes, Saffron is quite an effective herb for improving eye vision. You can use it's tincture. Crocus Sativa is the name of the homeopathic tincture. Add 5 drops of this tincture to a glass of water and drink it twice a day, for a month.
Nirmal Kumar ( Hyderabad )
14 Feb 2017
If I consume kesar it will be helpful in relief from head ache
Vrinda Rana
16 Feb 2017
For Head ache, drink Basil tea, one cup every day.
No Saffron is not for head ache.
Eat an apple early morning, daily.
Grind the Lemon peel. And then apply it on the forehead.
Opoku ( Ghana )
23 Oct 2017
Am suffering from excessive masturbation and I don't know what to do.... Please help
Mikhil ( India )
25 Oct 2017
Opuka. you may take Staphysgaria mother tincture 5 drops every day for 20 days. Share the feedback after 20 days. This should help. Also visit the page : https://herbpathy.com/Herbal-Treatment-for-Excessive-Masturbation-Cid4544
Larry Cooper ( USA / Missouri )
08 Oct 2019
To Herbpathy :

I need to try your described Single Herb treatment for excessive masturbation -- Saffron. Your application states that I should take 2-3 strands with a glass of warm MILK ... drink every night before going to sleep.
QUERY: I quit drinking cow milk. Will unsweetened ALMOND MILK work well with Saffron also ? Thank you for your reply.
09 Oct 2019
Dear Larry, You can have Saffron with Almond milk as well. Take it for 15-20 days.
Share your feedback for further assistance.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Shafaqat ( Pakistan )
24 Dec 2020
I am 18 years old and I am suffering from the spermatorrhoea and nocturnal emission for last 3 years .can I take safed musli ,water chestnuts,and zafran to cure it
2Err Is Patient
15 Jan 2022
I like the side effect well explained easy to understand.
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