Using saffron oil is a common practice all over the world, as it can benefit the body both topically and internally.
What is Saffron Oil?
Saffron oil is the essential oil extracted from the saffron spice and it has an astringent quality, which makes it a popular medicinal tool. The saffron plant is scientifically known as Crocus sativus, and spice comes from the flower of this plant. Saffron, also known as Kesar, is one of the most expensive spices in the world, particularly in American markets, so its concentrated oil can be even more costly, depending on where you are in the world.
Saffron Oil Nutrition
There are many different nutrients in saffron oil, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, along with many different volatile acids, such as cineole, linalool, limonene, geraniol, and various carotenoids. This dense nutrient composition gives this oil such power and popularity!
Saffron Oil Benefits & Uses
The benefits of saffron oil include its effects on the following:
The compounds present in safrron, such as crocin and saffranal, are helpful against diabetes. The spice is known to have a positive role in managing blood sugar levels. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports recommends combining physical activity such as resistance training with saffron consumption amongst people living with diabetes.
Inhaling small amounts of this oil, or even ingesting it in moderation, can help clear up inflammation in the respiratory tracts and loosen phlegm and mucus.
Saffron oil releases serotonin in the body and helps fight depression and anxiety. It also promotes good sleep and treats the condition of insomnia. Saffron oil is also known to reverse the symptoms of insomnia.
Wounds & Scars
Due to its amazing therapeutic and healing properties, this oil is effective in treating wounds and scars on the body.
Saffron oil, being an aphrodisiac, helps in relieving menstrual and premenstrual cramps among women. It also increases fertility in men and can be used for the management of premature ejaculation.
How to Make Saffron Oil?
You can make saffron oil at home, although the cost of the base ingredients encourages many people to simply purchase it from the store.
Saffron Oil Recipe
- 1/2 cup of almond oil
- 8 oz water
- 2 tbsp saffron
- To make saffron oil, add 2 tablespoons of saffron spice to 1/2 cup of almond oil.
- Stir the spice into the oil and allow them to sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of water to a boil.
- Now, add the mixture of saffron and almond oil to the water and allow it to boil. Let it heat this way for 30-40 minutes.
- In the end, strain out the saffron spice and voila you have your saffron oil ready for use!
Side Effects of Saffron Oil
There are some potential side effects to using this oil, particularly if taken by mouth, which should only be done in limited quantities. Side effects can include:
- Complications of pregnancy
- Allergic reactions
- Low blood pressure
- Topical inflammation
- Worsening of certain psychological conditions
Always speak with a doctor before adding this oil to your health regimen, even in small amounts.