The Sanskrit name for Saffron is Bhagva,
derived from the word ‘Bhagvan’,
meaning God, or from ‘Bhagya’, meaning good fortune.
Saffron is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, diuretic, immune stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, emmenagogue and diaphoretic and can lower cholesterol. At present there are ninety known medical indications for Saffron, including; heart stimulant, clearing clots, headaches, arthritis, abortion or easing of labour and delivery of placenta, asthma, eczema and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. There is currently a great deal of investigation into how best to utilise the properties of Saffron in the arsenals of modern medicine.
Saffron was also used in religious rites and spiritual practices, and by mystics. It is a mood elevator and has antidepressant and hallucinogenic properties. It was and still is, used to achieve various altered states ranging from heightened sensitivity to states of trance.
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