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Saffron is used as a nervine sedative and fevers, melancholia and enlargement of the liver. It also has stimulant, rejuvenative, expectorant, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic and stomachic properties.
It has an essential oil, the active ingredient of which is aphrodisiac in nature. Its aphrodisiac virtue is due to the slight stimulation of the central nervous system. It is also used in spasmodic cough and asthma and in catarrhal affections of children. It is also given in anaemia, chlorosis and seminal debility. It also strengthens the heart, brain and liver. Saffron induces menstruation, treats period pain and chronic uterine bleeding. Saffron contains a chemical called 'crocetin or crocin', which has been determined to increase the oxygen content of the blood, which may in turn reduce plaque build up in arteries.
Honey still retains its reputation as a remedy for chest complaints, particularly for removing phlegm. It acts as a decongestant and is also an effective treatment for colds, flu, and a generally depressed immune system. Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action. Honey helps to retain calcium in the body.
The French believed that newlyweds were to have drinks containing honey for 30 days following their wedding, and the word "honeymoon" originated from this custom. In ancient times, honey was a source of sugar and was valued for its medicinal benefits. The medicinal uses of honey are mentioned in the Talmud, the Quran, and ancient Egyptian documents. The addition of honey to food helps stimulate digestion and regulate acidity.
Each 250 g contains:
Crocus sativus (Zafran) 500 mg
Multiflora Honey (Shahed) 249.5 g