Saffron strings - Crocus sativas - from Spain. This treasured spice produces a warm, sweet, sensuous, spicy and flowery aroma when burned.
Saffron is the stigma from the flower of the lilac colored crocus, a plant of the Iris family. To produce 10 grams of saffron powder you'll need 1,500 flower stigmas, collected by hand.
For incense burning mixtures only a few filaments are required. In ancient Arabia saffron was used for ceremonies of birth, weddings and death. Ayurvedic medicine also uses saffron for some incense burning mixtures.
Synonyms: saffron crocus, fan hong hua
Origin: Mediterranean region; now grown mainly in Iran, Spain, Kashmir, Turkey and Azerbaijan
Parts Used: styles (stigmas)
Aroma Description: warm, intensely sweet, sensuous, spicy, floral, slight herbaceous undertone
Emotional Attributes: sensuous, love, happiness, strengthening
Cosmetic Uses: used as a dye for hair, nails, etc.
Culinary Uses: used as a flavoring and colorant for liqueurs, cakes, cookies, puddings, sweetmeats, sauces, fish stews, rice dishes (i.e. Spanish Paella, Italian Risotto Milanese and India's Biryani), etc.
Medicinal Attributes: pungent, bitter-sweet herb that improves digestion, increases perspiration, stimulates circulation and menstruation, reduces high blood pressure. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat stagnant liver energy, depression and menstrual disorders.
*Warning: Avoid if pregnant*
Element Association: Fire
Magical Associations: healing, awareness
Astrological Association: Taurus, Leo, Libra
Planetary Association: Moon, Venus, Mars
Aromatic Note: Middle to Top note
Essential Oil: Not commercially available, a tincture can be made using saffron threads soaked in diluted alcohol.
Mixes Well With: aloeswood, benzoin, cassia, cinnamon, cloves, dammar, frankincense, ginger, labdanum, musk seeds, rose, sandalwood, sandarac, etc.
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Per gram: $23.50
Per 5 grams: $95.60