Discovering Saffron's uses of the past.

Many uses of the Saffron are known from at least the 2nd millennium BC.Some of these were about:

Cosmetics and skin: acne, phthisis, skin diseases and wounds, to give brightness to the body. 

Head and neck: against headaches and insomnia. 

Eye: as collyrium against conjunctivitis 

Heart: as heart stimulant; to decrease the resistance of coronaryarteries and improve circulation 

Respiratory system: against asthma, cough, sore throat and cold 

Gastrointestinal system: to strengthen liver and stomach to cure obstructions inside liver and spleen. To decrease appetite.

Genitourinary system: infection of urinary bladder, as diuretic; to purify kidney and bladder. If used with honey, it can facilitate passage of renal stone.

ancient Rome medicine

Many of these uses are now lost due to the development of modern medicines.

These civilizations adopted Saffron to heal diseases, for beauty treatments of body and hair, to dye dresses:

Crete (Saffron's ancestor Crocus cartwrightianus apperared in some frescos and is supposed to be used as medicine)

Babylonians (2nd millennium BC)

Egyptians (Cleopatra 69-30 BC used to bath with Saffron)

Ancient Greeks (2000-146 BC)

Romans (from 8th century BC)

Indians (from 3rd century BC)

Chinese (from 3rd century BC)

In Modern Europe Saffron disappeared with the Barbarians invasions until the 8th century AD, when Arabs reintroduced Saffron that later became widespread in all Europe.

Some Saffron's uses of the Romans

Ancient Roman's senate

As a gift, perfume or dye of robe hems among royalty.

To scent their public halls, baths and theaters and to spread it along parade routs.

In religious ceremonies.

It was one of the main aromatics in a Roman wine recipe and a scent of men's hair. They also used to add saffron to their wine to prevent hangover.

For baths.

Saffron had medicinal uses as well.

They used it to refresh facial skin, to relieve liver from the dominance of bile, to treat coughs and diaphragmatis, and as an eye anti-inflammatory agent.

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