Saffron is a plant. The dried stigmas (thread-like parts of the flower) are used to make saffron spice. It can take many saffron blossoms to produce a single pound of saffron spice. Due to the amount of labor involved in harvesting, saffron is considered one of the world's most expensive spices. The stigmas are also used to make medicine.

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.

Some early research suggests that drinking an herbal tea mixture containing saffron along with anise, black seed, caraway, cardamom, chamomile, fennel, and licorice may reduce asthma symptoms in people with allergic asthma. also Some early research shows that taking a chemical from saffron called crocetin might decrease fatigue in men during exercise.

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Saffron cultivation

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Saffron flower

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Saffron plant

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Saffron strands