You must be thinking after reading the title of the blog that Why does Kesar known as Kashmir’s Golden Spice?
Simple, due to its rich brownish colour of saffron/Kesar strands. This golden spice is not only beautiful to see but has maximum content of nutrients, vitamins & minerals. These saffron strands are used in number of ways just to maintain health & overall quality of life.
Short Description of Kesar or Saffron
Let’s start and firstly know its fabulous & famous names among the world. Saffron has various names in different cultures and languages, but the roots are the same.
- In French & German, it is Safran in French and German
- In Greek, it is KrokosKozanis
- In India, it is Kesar or Zafran or kumkuma
- In Spanish, it is Azafrán
- In Farsi, it is Za’afaran or Zaafaran
- In Urdu, it is Zafran and Kisar
Although, Kesar (Saffron) has so many names but the taste, flavor, smell & benefits are the same.
What makes it so expensive herb or an ingredient?
Kesar (Crocus Sativus) is also known as “Safron” and is one of the world’s most famous spices. Kesar is a deep-red thread that blooms only one month in a year with only three strands.
- Slow growth
- Skilled harvest work are the main reasons why Kesar is one of the most expensive spices in the world.
So, let’s take a look at Kesar from the “Ayurveda” point of view!
Kesar and Ayurveda
The royal spice, a native of Kashmir is not only recognized for flavouring dishes or as a food colouring agent but also has numerous medicinal benefits to maintain health & bestow with the ultimate skin charm.
In Ayurveda, Kesar is categorized under “VarnyaGana” because it is linked to those spices known to provide skin with a warm & glowing complexion. This amazing spice is considered to be a “Tridoshic” as it helps to balances the three Doshas.
Due to the presence of antioxidants, it helps to boosts immunity, balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha in the body. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal qualities benefit skin, digestive system, circulatory and excretory system, nervous system.
A natural detoxifier that removes the unabsorbed food (toxins) from the body & provides enough warmth & stamina to live a happy and healthy life.This scent of spice relaxes the mind that helps to uplift the mood and manages the state of depression.
Loaded with the goodness of potassium, saffron helps in removing blockage from the arteries by thinning the rigid blood that reduces the high blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Helps in fighting seasonal ailments
Saffron has enormous medicinal benefits that make it high in antioxidant content and one of the best herbal remedies to prevent oneself from seasonal cold, flu & other respiratory diseases.
This amazing seasonal cough remedy helps in boosting immunity, which is essential to resist the diseases like viral & bacterial attacks and other ailments.
Tip: Mix some strays of saffron with warm milk.
This natural way will help to prevent seasonal ailments like cold, cough and fever. It will also rejuvenate your body cells & keep you healthy with ultimate charm.
Helps To Overcome Depression
This highly-priced spice or herb has a crocin and safranal which helps to stimulate the healthy working of nerves in the brain. It helps to reduce depression and mostly found in traditional psychiatric medications. Kesar has been recognized as one of the effective antidepressant medicines in Ayurveda.
Saffron helps to control mood swings, reduces stress, depression, anxiety, and Insomnia.
Kesar is one of the most potent natural remedies to improve weak memory. Crocin one of the main element in the strands of Kesar enhances the power of learning. In many countries like Japan, it is used to treat problems like memory loss.
Just Know The Other Health Benefits of Saffron To Make It An Essential Part Of Diet
- Nourishes the reproductive system
- Improves fertility and libido(men & women)
- Treats erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation
- Treats painful menstruation and absence of menstruation
- Improves skin tone
- Helpful in skin disorders such as acne, eczema, vitiligo and hyper-pigmentation
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces pain including nerve, lumbar (lower back) and rheumatic pain
- Alleviates headache
- Detoxifying & Treats symptoms of indigestion
- Improves heart health
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- Beneficial for eye disorders and poor eyesight
- Powerful antioxidant properties
What is the best way to add Kesar or saffron to your daily regime to derive the best health results?
The best way to derive the maximum benefits from the most expensive spice is by
- Drinking saffron milk around the bedtime
- Saffron water on an empty stomach.
Even Akbar-The Great Mughal Emperor loved the smell of saffron so much that he made the Kesar, an astonishing part of his cuisine.
Kesar or Saffron, one of the most expensive, oldest yet miraculous herbs in the world, cultivated in the land of Jammu & Kashmir-‘Paradise Of Earth’. This golden spice of Kashmir is well explained by many poets, monks, kings in their sacred & poetic texts for its numerous medicinal properties, rich flavour& mild soothing scent.
Saffron, a truly unique and powerful ayurvedic herb is undoubtedly one of the most expensive herbal treasures. Its SattvicGuna with its wide range of healing properties, versatility in its uses makes Kesar makes it one of the most important herbal remedies to treat, prevent health ailments & diseases.
Conclusion: Above facts are provided for informational purpose only. Consult an experienced physician for its medicinal use. It is advised to take it under strict guidelines to avoid any health complications.