The botanical name for saffron is Crocus Sativus and saffron is the stamen parts of the crocus. It is probably the world’s most expensive spice: it takes around 70000 flowers to make one pound of saffron. Saffron is a spice which can be added to food and is available in grocery stores. It is a dark red color but when added to food – and only a pinch or two is necessary – it gives a rich, golden sunny color and plenty of flavoring.
The crocus is a perennial which flowers in the autumn. It grows to around 15-20 cm high with purple colored flowers. The crocus likes loose soil which is well-watered with ample drainage and enjoys plenty of sunlight. Whilst it is usually grown outdoors it is possible to grow indoors in pots.
Saffron has a long history, having been used medicinally since many many years BC. It has active chemical compounds that prevent disease and promote health and well-being. It has anti-oxidant, antiseptic and anti-convulsant properties and can help as an anti-depressant. Saffron contains a variety of minerals such as potassium, zinc and magnesium as well as vitamins including vitamins A and C. Saffron is used for asthma, cough, whooping cough (pertussis), and to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant). It is also used for sleep problems (insomnia), cancer, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), intestinal gas (flatulence), depression,Alzheimer’s disease, fright, shock, spitting up blood (hemoptysis), pain, heartburn, and dry skin.
Saffron can be used in magick and is associated with fire and the god Hermes. It is best used on a Friday and for spells associated with love, sexual energy, passion and fertility. It can also be used to help with healing, psychic ability and to bring joy into your life. Why not do a spell using a pinch of saffron added to rice or other dishes?
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