Saffron

Latin:  Crocus sativus

Family:  Iridaceae

Parts Used:  Flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Warming, drying

Properties:  Anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, circulatory stimulant, anxiolytic

Actions:  So saffron is expensive- sometimes coming in at over 500 dollars a pound.  However, you don’t need much of this herb for it to be effective.  Saffron is one of the best anti-inflammatory and mild antidepressant herbs available to us.  Made from flowers it is labor intensive to grow and harvest this crop.  Grown primarily in Iran, there has been quite a bit of research into its antidepressant effects and preliminary studies show that just small daily doses of less than 50 mg in capsules perform as well as known antidepressants such as prozac.

Saffron is also useful for improving blood circulation, for regulating menstruation, for easing coughs and asthma and to bring gentle relaxation.

Dosage:  In capsules at 50-100 mg to 2 x/day.  In tincture (1:10) 10-20 drops to 2 /day.

Contraindications:    Avoid while pregnant or nursing.