Saffron is a plant and an herb.
- botanical information
- part used
- nutritional information
- magick correspondences and uses
- ritual uses
- Goddesses and deities
- health care
Botanical name: Crocus sativus
Common name: saffron
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
Family: Iridaceae (iris)
from Koehlers Medicinal-Plants 1887
History: Saffron was one of the ingredients mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus. The Ebers Papyrus (from between 1600 B.C.E. and 1550 B.C.E.), was discovered by German Egyptologist Georg Ebers in 1874 C.E. The Ebers Papyrus is the oldest known complete medical textbook in existence. Most scholars believe that it is copy of a much earlier text, probably from around 3100 B.C.E. The Ebers Papyrus includes information on surgery and internal medicine, including a list of more than 800 drugs.
Saffron was listed among many aromatic plants in a scroll of cuneiform from the great library at Nineveh. The library at Nineveh was established by King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (668-633 B.C.E.).
Part Used (stamens): Whole stamens (also known as the stigma, petals, or flowers).
Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs
Saffron is a spice that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.
magickal correspondences and uses:
Incense: Saffron incense corresponds with friday and is a good incense to burn on fridays.
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Western element: fire
Magickal uses: joy, leadership, passion, prosperity, psychic, weather changes
Love spells: Saffron flowers are appropriate for use in love spells, such as the Aphrodite New Moon love spell.
Magick food for love spells: Saffron is an appropriate ingredient for use in food for love spells, such as the Aphrodite New Moon love spell, Hecate black candle love spell, or Isis Full Moon love spell. See the article on foods for more information on using food magick in spells.
Ritual uses: solar observances
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health care uses:
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Traditional Medicine: While many traditional practices have been scientifically verified, some are now known to be dangerous. Seek the advice of qualified health care providers.
Traditional medicinal uses: Saffron was one of the ingredients mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus. The Ebers Papyrus is the oldest known complete medical textbook in existence. Most scholars believe that it is copy of a much earlier text, probably from around 3100 B.C.E. Saffron was listed among many aromatic plants in a scroll of cuneiform from the great library at Nineveh. The library at Nineveh was established by King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (668-633 B.C.E.). Note that not all traditional medications are effective or even safe.
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
See also: herbs.