venerdì 18 marzo 2011

Saffron: Aphrodisiac and Therapeutic Treatments

Its scientific name is Crocus Sativus Linnaeus while its name "saffron" derives from Arabian "za'faran" which means yellow. The plant is a perennial bulbous of the Iridacee family. The beautiful purple flower gives the three red stigmas in the middle, which once dried according to technical specifications, they are called "saffron". It takes about 150,000 flowers to obtain one kilogram of product.

Considered precious since ancient times, saffron was used in Persia as an aphrodisiac. In Greek mythology, Hermes, the patron god of love, awaken his sexual desire with saffron.

Actually it has been proved effective against impotence and frigidity, stimulates appetite, it is a cardio-tonic and a strong antioxidant. Helps the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Protects against damage caused by free radicals and improves blood flow to the brain and memory. Useful against cough, indigestion, insomnia and reduces menstrual pain. It is also useful in the treatment of light depression. For external use it is used to treat contusions and bruises, burns, bruises and in the preparation of astringent eye drops.

Recent studies testify the effectiveness of this spice for leukemia, breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

It has to be used in small doses because too much can be lethal, causing severe poisoning, abortions and lead to death from internal bleeding.

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