Saffron Essential Oil

Saffron’s History

Crocus sativus, or saffron essential oil is known as one of the most expensive spices and has herbaceous warm, woodsy aroma. One of the earliest historical references mentioning saffron comes out of ancient Egypt where the stigmas were used in perfumes, as a drug, as hair and fabric dye, as well as culinary purposes.

Saffron was used by Cleopatra as an aromatic and seductive essence, and to make ablutions in temples. Crocuses flowers, from which saffron is obtained from, was considered a sacred flower in Crete. It was considered an ancient symbol of the sun, and was used to dye foods the color yellow as part of solar worship.

Saffron was strewn in Greek halls, courts, theaters and baths as perfume. In Rome, saffron was sprinkled in the streets when Nero made his entry into the city. In Rome, the Roman emperors were famous for their extravagance, which included spraying Saffron from fountains and used as a strewing herb.

During the Renaissance, It was worth its weight in gold and today is still the most expensive spice in the world. Its high price led to its adulteration, which was severely punished by Henry VIII, in which even condemning to death adulterers of saffron.

Folkloric uses of saffron have included its use as a sedative, expectorant, aphrodisiac and diaphoretic. It is said to be beneficial in curing conditions like Sore gums, Heart and Lungs diseases, Common colds, kidney stones, Alcoholism, cramps, Insomnia, Menstrual problems, Diabetes, Asthma, Depression etc. It is also known to have anti aging properties and used in Skin lightening and anti aging Creams and other beauty products. It is also is a potent antioxidant that relieves both pain and inflammation. A few drops of Saffron essential oil may be mixed with half a teaspoon of almond oil and rubbed directly into the joints for this purpose. Saffron is said to help in digestion and increases appetite. It is also used to get relief from renal colic and stomach aches.

Saffron is loaded with natural compounds that have potential health benefits and therefore is widely used as an ingredient in both western and eastern medicine to treat several diseases and disorders. It is said to have active ingredients that lower blood pressure. It also has compounds which increase anti-bacterial and anti-viral physiological activity in the body. The presence of crocetin makes it helpful in reducing the blood cholesterol levels and triglycerides and strengthening the heart and nervous system. Researches have demonstrated the memory-enhancing, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant activities of saffron extracts.

Note: Middle

Aroma: Saffron oil has a woody, spicy, hay like odor.

Blends Well: Saffron Absolute essential oil blends well with most exotic florals

Bible References: Song of Solomon 4:14

Hebrew Word: Saffron

3750 karkom {kar-kome’}

Meaning: 1) saffron 1a) an orange-yellow flower of the crocus family, used for flavoring in drinks and confections in order to promote perspiration for cooling of the body

Saffron Essential Oil’s Healing Properties

Plant Origin: Iran
Medical Properties:Saffron has many medicinal uses[26] A 2010 double-blind, placebo-controlled study found saffron helped mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.[27] Crocetin, an important carotenoid constituent of saffron, has shown significant potential as an anti-tumor agent in animal models and cell culture systems.[28] Saffron inhibits DMBA-induced skin carcinoma in mice when treated early.[29] Both saffron stigma and petals are said to be helpful for depression.[30] Satiereal (Inoreal Ltd, Plerin, France), a novel extract of saffron stigma, may reduce snacking and enhance satiety through its suggested mood-improving effect, and thus contribute to weight loss.[31] Saffron was found to be effective in relieving symptoms of PMS.[32] Saffron, crocins and crocetin inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation.[33] Crocus sativus (most saffron research refers to the stigmas but often this is not made clear in research papers) inhibits histamine H1 receptors in animals, suggesting a potential use in allergic disorders.[34] Histamine is a biological amine that plays an important role in allergic responses.
Saffron may have a protective effect on the heart.[35]
A recent (2011) double blind, human trial found use of 100 mg of saffron daily has temporary immunomodulatory activities.[36]
Source: Wikipedia
Other Uses: depression, mood improving, PMS 
Saffron’s Spiritual Significance
Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices. 
Song of Solomon 4:14
Saffron is a very expensive spice from an orange-yellow flower of the crocus family. It is literally worth its weight in gold because it is the stigmas from which the spice is obtained. Each one is handpicked and placed over a charcoal fire for drying. It takes over 75,000 flowers to make one pound of saffron.
Saffron symbolizes the costly but triumphant faith of the Messiah against His enemy. Believers can live by faith just as the disciples did, knowing that the testing of their faith through fire will be more precious than gold. 1 Peter 1:7-8 says that:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appear-ing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us,
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Allow the Lord to complete His perfect work in your character and place these beautiful fragrances in the garden of your heart.