Nature of Plant: Has no connection with Saffron, a bulbous plant; stiff, erect stems grow to 2 feet or more; leaves are oval shaped with sharp, spiny points; flower heads resemble a thistle, having red florets with yellow styles; the fruit, wrongly called seed, are almost 4 sided and are shiny, pearl-white; sowed in clumps, it makes a colorful spot in the garden.
Spacing of Mature Plants: 6 inches.
Cultural Requirements: In warm, light soil, needs sun, cultivate until plant is in bud.
Flower: (Health) Produces perspiration, cathartic; (Industrial) red florets used in dyeing silk from rose to red, mixed with talcum powder to make a dry rouge, substitute and adulterant for Saffron as coloring matter, colors liqueurs, cosmetics, confectionery.
Seed: (Industrial) drying oil for paint; (Health) cathartic; (Culinary) oil is much used in India; (Household) in India oil can be used to help support burning.
*Note: saffron (Carthamus tinctoriusis) is not to be confused with the saffron plant (Crocus sativus) referred to below:
The orange-colored, aromatic, pungent stigmas of the saffron plant (Crocus sativus), native to Asia Minor, have been dried and ground since Greek and Roman antiquity, and used not only as a spice and coloring agent for food, but also as an ingredient in health supplements; as a cleaning and antispasmodic agent for the stomach; a nerve tonic and opiate against hysteria and as a support for nose-bleeds and menstruation.
Preparation and Dosage: Infusions and liquid extracts of the flowers are used, or the crude or purified seed oil. A tea made from one teaspoon of the dried flowers in a cup of boiling water is taken twice a day.
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-- June 27, 2005
I combine Slippery Elm with American Saffron tea to combat my psoriasis. Cleared up my inverse psoriasis, and the plaques. Tried every shampoo and cream out there - I beleive psoriasis is an inbalance in the body that has to be addressed from the inside out.
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