Sara is 24 years old and suffers every month from serious premenstrual syndrome (PMS). She gets moody, has cramps and feels listless. All gynaecologists proposed her drug therapies, but Sara’s aware that these won’t offer long-term solutions. She can’t imagine taking pills or undergoing hormone treatments for at least the next 20 years.
Coincidentally, she found a study of researchers from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. The study suggests that saffron may have a highly positive effect on PMS reduction in women.
The involved heroes are the saffron’s yellow, bitter and fragrant substances. The yellow compounds in saffron (crocetin derivatives) are very soluble in water; picrocrocin is one of the bitter compounds and the most important compound consisting of safranal, the flavouring substance of saffron.
Premenstrual complications and depressive symptoms are very likely predominantly caused by changes in the serotonin activity, according to the latest research. Saffron influences the serotonin in the brain and its functioning.
Sara is since 4 months a regular costumer with us and drinks every morning and evening saffron tea. After two months and thanks to the saffron’s effect, nearly all of her PMS symptoms disappeared and the menstrual blood loss decreased greatly.
How do we prepare saffron tea?
Take some saffron filaments and crush them with the back of a spoon so that they seem pretty ground. Pour hot water over it and you’re done. Let it steep for at least 20 minutes. The longer you let the saffron steep, the better.
You can sweeten the tea with some honey or make it tastier with rosebuds or rosewater.
We recommend you to consume only up to 10 to 15 filaments a day which corresponds roughly to 0.1g saffron, as otherwise you might develop dizziness. You shouldn’t use more than 3g per person and month. During pregnancy, avoid entirely the consumption of saffron.