Saffron tea, which is famous as the most expensive plant in the world, is a medicinal plant grown in our country. It is also called “red gold” because of an expensive and valuable plant. It is available for use in spices, dyes, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics industry and alternative medicine.
In ancient times, Romans used as a perfume, while Chinese again used saffron tea for medical purposes. It has become a rather expensive plant because of troublesome to collect and process rather than to grow.
What is Saffron Tea?
Latin is a member of the family saffron Iridaceae (irises), whose name is Crocus sativus. It loves damp areas.
The part beneficial and healing of saffron plant is female organ. The female organ is three-part and orange in color. Although taste is slightly bitter, has a strong and distinctive smell.
Nutritional Values Of Saffron Plant
Saffron tea is rich in term of elements such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.
It also contains electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. Vitamin A, vitamin C, as well as vitamins such as folate, niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin contains very common vitamins. It also contains protein and carbohydrates.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Saffron Tea?
- 1) Ascorbic acid helps strengthen the immune system by increasing the activity white blood cells of body.
- 2) Saffron provides energy to body, increases blood circulation and thus speeds up metabolism. Iron in the content, anemia, such as treatment of diseases support.
- 3) Potassium in saffron increases your heart health. It helps to reduce pressure in veins and arteries and tension on cardiovascular system. It protects against various heart diseases and risk of heart attack.
- 4) Manganese in saffron helps regulate body’s blood sugar, insulin and glucose. It can thus prevent occurrence of Type 2 diabetes and contribute to reduction of effects.
- 5) Relieves symptoms of depression and improves mood on regular use. It can be used as a natural antidepressant.
- 6) It acts as an aphrodisiac in women.
- 7) Helps strengthen bones by increasing calcium absorption in the body. It slows the onset of age-related degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.
- 8) Vitamin B6 helps nervous system to function smoothly and helps to heal diseases caused by weak nervous system.
- 9) Natural painkiller.
- 10) Dozens of antioxidant compounds found in saffron help neutralize free radicals that cause cells to mutate or die. It helps to prevent cancer cells from spreading and expanding in the body.
- 11) Soothes nausea. It helps treat ailments such as ulcers, constipation and bloating.
- 12) Contributes to healing of injury and bruises in the body. Relieves muscle pain.
Saffron Tea Recipes
Menstrual Period Tea With Saffron:
Saffron Appetite Tea:
- Boil a cup of water and take from stove then add 1 teaspoon saffron,
- 1 stick of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of turmeric and leave te mixture to infuse for 6 to 8 minutes.
- You can consume your tea warm or hot by straining.
- It will support you to eliminate your health problems caused by appetite problems.
Good Morning Tea With Saffron:
- 1 cup of water to start the day more energetic;
- You need 1 teaspoon of saffron,
- 5 leaves of sage,
- 1 teaspoon of green tea and 3 leaves of fresh mint.
Add as much water as you need to coffee pot, then put sage into and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes. Take your water from stove and add other ingredients into infuse for 7 minutes. Don’t forget to cover when you’re brewing your tea. You can consume warm or hot.
How To Brew Saffron Tea?
It is recommended to use 1 teaspoon saffron for boiled water 1 cup. Boil and add 1 teaspoon saffron into 1 cup of water you take from the stove.
Cover top of cup and leave to infuse for 6 to 8 minutes. You will find that water has a beautiful yellowish, reddish color.
Take care not to leave in water for more than 8 minutes or to boil with water. Otherwise your tea may get a bitter taste.
Other Usage Areas of Saffron Plant
Medical: Saffron, which is renowned as a medicinal plant, has found its use in the medical field with its anti-depressant and anti-spasmodic properties.
Kitchen: Only a pinch of saffron can change the color and smell of the whole dish. It is used as a coloring and flavor enhancing spice in meats, salads, soups and rice. Saffron is used especially for making ashura in Safranbolu region.
Textile: Although used as a dyeing agent for a long time in the textile industry, it is no longer widely used because of a very expensive plant.
Sidde Effects Of Saffron Tea
- It is not correct to be consumed by pregnant women because of has a structure that stimulates uterus.
- Use of individuals with bipolar mood disorder is not recommended as may be a trigger for mania phase.