WILD SAFFRON (KUSUM*)
Name in different languages:
English - Wild saffron
Hindi - Kusum
Sanskrit - Kusumbh, Vnhishikh
Bengali - Kusum phool
Marathi - Kardyache phool
Gujrati - Kusumbo
Telugu - Agni shikha
Colour: Wild saffron is red and light yellow in color.
Taste: It is bitter in taste.
Structure: Its plants are grown in the fields, which are about 4 feet high. Its plants and leaves are thorny. Its flowers, fruits and leaves are used to extract oil.
Nature: Wild saffron is cool but its oil and cooked vegetable are hot in nature.
Precautions: Taking over quantity of it is harmful for the spleen and generates vatta.
Removing side effects: Honey removes all the side effects of wild saffron.
Dosage: It should be taken in 4 grams quantity.
Wild saffron is useful to end swelling and constipation. It causes sleep and makes the liver strong. It circulates accumulated blood. Mix honey with wild saffron and apply it on affected parts, it cures piles, itching, ringworms and leprosy. Eating cooked vegetable of wild saffron’s leaves is useful for the eyes. It enhances digestive-power and increases appetite. It increases bile and ends anus problems.
Useful in different diseases:
1. Sweat problems: Make dry flowers of wild saffron warm and take, it causes sweating.
2. Jaundice: The patient should take about 500 grams dried flowers of wild saffron because it cures jaundice.
3. Erysipelas: The patient should take a decoction of dry flowers of wild saffron twice a day because it alleviates internal poison of the body and cures erysipelas.
4. Constipation: Take a decoction of wild saffron’s seeds to end constipation and clears the stomach.
5. Dysmenorrhoea (menstrual excretion pain): Give 4 grams powder of dry flowers of wild saffron to the suffered woman twice a day to cure dysmenorrhoea and other problems of menstrual excretion.
- Wound is cured by applying oil of pure wild saffron.
- Boil sesame oil with panchang (root, stem, leaf, fruit and flower) of wild saffron and apply this oil on the affected part, it cures chronic wounds.
7. Paralysis: Mix sesame oil and oil of wild saffron’s panchang (stem, root, leaf, fruit and flower) together and rub it on the affected parts, it cures paralysis.
- Apply pure oil of wild saffron on the affected part to cure rheumatism due to urticaria.
- Urticaria is cured by taking decoction of wild saffron seeds.
9. Catarrh: Make a decoction by boiling 20 grams honey, half-gram rock salt and half-gram turmeric with 80 ml water. Catarrh is cured by taking this decoction twice a day.
10. Herpes zoster: The blisters of herpes zoster are cured by taking powder of dried flowers of wild saffron twice a day. It also calms burning sensation.
11. Nose diseases:
- Make a decoction by boiling dried flowers of wild saffron with water and give it to the patient, it causes excessive sweat and cures catarrh.
- Dropping oil of wild saffron’s panchang (stem, root, leaf, fruit and flower) in the nose is useful to cure internal swelling of the nose.
- Catarrh is cured by taking cooked vegetable of petals of wild saffron’s flowers.
12. Arthritis: This disease is cured by taking powder of dried flowers of wild saffron.
13. Locomotor altaxia: Mix oil of wild saffron panchang (stem, root, leaf, flower and root) with mustard oil and rub it on the hand and feet, it cures locomotor altaxia.
- Rub oil of wild saffron on the body to cure paraplegia.
- Mix water with oil of wild saffron and rub it on affected part, it cures paraplegia.
15. Chicken pox: The patient should take powder of dried flowers of wild saffron with water twice a day because it cures chicken pox and reduces inflammation too.
16. Measles: Giving powder of dried flowers of wild saffron to the suffered children twice a day is useful to cure measles.
17. Black flecks and spots of face: Oil of wild saffron should be applied on the affected parts regularly because it checks black flecks, spots and marks of the face.