8 Best Benefits of Saffron Oil

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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:

Skin Care

Using only a few drops of this oil mixed with a carrier oil on the skin can help moisturize, reduce acne, eliminate scars, and blemishes, and lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

A container of saffron oil with fresh saffron flowers on a wooden table

Hair Loss

When you mix this oil with your shampoo or conditioner, it can help improve the texture and tone of your hair, as well as reducing the presence of split ends and preventing hair loss.

Diabetes

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.

Respiratory Health

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.

Mental Health

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.

Weight Loss

This oil can help increase serotonin release in the body, which is known to suppress the appetite, along with boosting the metabolism, thus helping burn more calories and shed pounds quicker.

Wounds & Scars

Due to its amazing therapeutic and healing properties, this oil is effective in treating wounds and scars on the body.

Sexual Health

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

A tasty oil that works wonders on the skin and hair as well!
Prep Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Oil, DIY Oil
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: saffron, saffron oil
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of almond oil
  • 8 oz water
  • 2 tbsp saffron

Instructions

  • 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!
    Saffron herb in a spoon, next to saffron oil and saffron tea on a wooden board

Notes

Use the oil in moderation. If you are using saffron oil for skincare, use jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. While using for cooking, use coconut oil or olive oil, and for hair care, just about any oil base would do.

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:

  • Nausea
  • 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.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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