The beauty of Saffron

The beauty of Saffron

The Indian Saffron is cultivated in Kashmir, and is also known by the name Kesar, Kumkuma, or the latin name crocus sativus-stigmata.

It is a small perennial growing to about 20cm with violet leaves and each flower producing 3 stamens.

When Saffron is flowering the fields are filled with the most amazing violet/red glow. This is truly breathtaking.

To produce 1 gm of dried saffron it will take approximately 160 flowers no wonder it is such a costly herb.


The Ayurvedic properties/ energetic are

Rasa (taste): Katu (Pungent) and tikta (bitter)

Guna (qualities): light and unctuous

Virya (energy): ushna (hot)

Vipaka (post digestive effect): katu

Doshas: Tridoshahara (balances Vata,Pitta and Kapha)

Parts used: Stigma/ Stamen


Ayurvedic Actions

It is mostly known as Varnya (improves the complexion) and it is used for the treatment of acne, black head and a variety of skin disease.

It can be applied externally as a paste (when applied on forehead it relieves headache) and internally with milk and honey to improve the skin complexion.

Kumkuma is also the main ingredient of the beautiful Kumkumadi thailam (also available at Lakshmi Ayurveda).

There are so many uses of Kumkum/ Saffron acting beneficial on the heart, nerves, mind, reproductive system, blood (Anaemia), pain reducing and immunity increasing.

Other actions of this herb are

Deepana/ Pachana = digestive and increases the digestive fire

Kusthaghna = alleviates skin diseases

Sonitasthapana = alleviates bleeding

Sirorogajit = alleviates headaches

Rasayana = Rejuvenative


Saffron is a very sattvic herb, its action on the blood and the heart encourages compassion and love.

Saffron is also sacred to Lord Shiva and offered to him either raw or with milk.


This beautiful herb in its purest form and certified organic is available at Lakshmi’s shop:

We look forward to welcoming you at Lakshmi Ayurveda

* 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘎𝘈. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺, 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴.

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