Saffron is best known as an expensive fragrant spice versus an essential oil. Saffron essential oil has a warm, woodsy odor that has been used for centuries in skin creams, hair products, perfumes and dyes. It has anti-aging properties and is currently used in skin lightening products and beauty creams. It is said that Queen Cleopatra took baths in milk and saffron oil and used the oil as an aphrodisiac and as incense during sacred ceremonies. Saffron is expensive due to the labor involved to produce the crocus sativa flower. Each flower has 3 stigmas that are hand-picked and used to make saffron spice and oil.
The health benefits of saffron oil include weight loss, stimulation of hair growth, menstrual cramp relief, male fertility enhancement, lowers blood pressure, cures acne, and heals scars and wounds. A 2010 study in Nutrition Research found that women who took a supplement with saffron essential oil snacked less and lost more weight than the control group.
Saffron oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, sedative, diaphoretic and expectorant properties. Saffron has been used for joint pain, insomnia, asthma, sore gums, colds, kidney stones, depression and alcoholism. Try mixing ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) of almond oil with 2 or 3 drops of saffron oil and apply to the joints to relieve inflammation and pain.
Crocetin a compound of safflower essential oil has been shown in research studies to help mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, to decrease tumors and to reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The oil of safflower blends well with other exotic flower oils.
Magical Sun Oil Blend- For healing, promotions, strength and vitality. Blend together:
1/8 Cup of Carrier Oil
7 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
7 drops Juniper Essential Oil
1 drop Bay Essential Oil
1 drops Saffron Essential Oil
Juniper Wyndfyre RN, MSN, MA is a contributing writer for Ravenhawks Magazine on natural health topics. She is the founder of Juniper Healing Arts, a business specializing in energy healing, soul retrieval, soul-life coaching, intuitive readings and laughter yoga. Her passion is to help individuals discover and live the life of the true self and to remove the blocks and obstacles in the way. She enjoys laughing for no reason, dancing, hiking, reading, cooking and travel. Find her at www.Juniperhealingarts.net or firstname.lastname@example.org