Saffron is a spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower.
This spice is originally from. . . somewhere nobody knows.
In fact, the spice is unknown to grow in the wild at all (biological complications).
It is argued that the origin of saffron resides in southwest Asia, so, we’ll go with that.
One theory is that the flower is actually a hybrid; a result of humans attempting to breed a flower that looks very much identical to saffron:
The purple, cup-shaped flowers have antenna like sticks coming out of the center, which is where the saffron is actually taken from.
It takes a harvest of hundreds to yield enough spics for a few meals.
One of the most pricey spices per weight, at one time, it was valued the same as gold in early America ($1,000 – $5,000 per pound in current estimations).
One factor in to this surprising comparison is the labor intensive requirements to harvest the saffron from the Crocus sativus flower.
Most of the saffron grown today is in Iran, some 90% of it.
Although still grown in other places, and comes in a large variety of types or grades.
Saffron was first documented in the 7th-century within a botanical reference, or, plant book.
And in almost 4,000 years of documented use has been uncovered as well as some evidence possibly stretching back some 50,000 years.
It was used in soups and potions for ancient Chinese emperors.
Along with medical treatment and therapeutic approaches in Ancient Greece.
And it was also found to be in Roman recipes and brought to the Americas from a trunk filled with its corns from Europe.
The prescesne became imporatnt to many cultures around the world.
In fact, in its absence, a 14 week long war sparked, called the Saffron War and legend has it that pirates would often bypass gold and take the saffron.
But, what does this have to do with a bad day or helping with a depressed mood?
A handful of studies, some recent, have shown that saffron has not only a positive effect on depression, but anxiety as well. What’s more is that these effects seem to be safer and more effective than some antidepressant medications available. One popular one being Prozac. (fluoxetine, imipramine, citalopram,)
A review done by the US National Library of Medicine stated in conclusion to a few new studies that:
“Saffron may exert antidepressant effects and represents an efficacious and safe treatment.”
In addition, healthline.com lays out a great list of other benefits saffron can possibly bring to the table:
-Cancer fighting properties
-May reduce PMS Symptoms
-May act as a Aphrodisia
-May reduce appetite
-May reduce heart disease
-Lower blood sugar levels
-May improve memory in Alzheimer’s
You can use it as: a tea, take in a tablet, or prepare one of your favorite meals with it.
Saffron, as it seems, has been used for a long time in a variety of ways, especially for our mood.
It has been said long ago that it had these mood altering properties, and now it’s being proven to help in this area, some better than medications on the market.
Also, similar to anti-depressants, it may have to be in our system for a certain period of time before the actual effects manifest.
See it if helps.
Anything is worth a try if it is not going to make life worse and there is a chance for something better.
Even just a brief moment of relief here and there are worth finding.