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Saffron: Uses in Magick & Healing

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Saffron (Crocus sativus) is harvested from the flowers of the saffron crocus. Each flower has three stigmas, the threads of saffron. It is the most expensive spice in the world.

Some sites claim that saffron is $200-300 per ounce.

I’ve seen it at $90 an ounce, but this may not have been the good stuff. It was used to dye the robes of royalty and was once a symbol of status and wealth.

Homer often referred to the Goddess Eos as saffron-robed.


Saffron, known as “Red Gold,” has a rich history in magick and healing practices, dating back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Greeks.

In magick, saffron is believed to enhance psychic abilities, promote love and attraction, and protect against negative energies when used in spells and rituals.

Saffron’s healing properties include being a natural antidepressant due to its serotonin-boosting effects, aiding digestion, and offering relief from menstrual cramps.

Saffron’s correspondences in magick are associated with the Sun, fire element, and the zodiac sign Leo, making it a potent ingredient for enhancing vitality, creativity, and passion in spellwork.

Saffron Magick

Saffron is associated with Eos and with Venus and Aphrodite. It is also associated with the Sun and MarsLeo and fire.

For centuries, saffron has been associated with wealth, power and rarity. This makes it an excellent offering for any deity and is a traditional ingredient in crescent moon cakes made in honor of the Phoenician Goddess Ashtoreth.

Saffron is also useful in spells aimed toward wealth and recognition, to bring strength. It can be infused into holy water and burned in censors for various rituals, but be aware that it can stain.

Love SpellsSaffron is believed to possess aphrodisiac properties, making it suitable for love spells and rituals.
Psychic AbilitiesSaffron is associated with enhancing psychic abilities and promoting spiritual growth.
Happiness and JoySaffron is used in spells and rituals aimed at attracting happiness, joy, and positive energy.
Prosperity and WealthSaffron is believed to attract abundance and wealth, making it suitable for money spells.
Healing and WellnessSaffron is used in rituals and potions for promoting physical and emotional healing.
Table 1: Magickal Uses of Saffron

Saffron is also purported to be an aphrodisiac. Hot date? Two words: Indian food.

An infusion of saffron is also said to help enhance psychic abilities.

Rinsing bed linens in an infusion of saffron (or possibly a whole crocus) is said to help bring strength to the body while one sleeps.

Saffron in Healing

Saffron has been used for treating a variety of illnesses including measles, bladder, kidney and liver disorders and diabetes.

Modern studies show that it may be useful in treating cancer by helping to fight tumors and easing the discomfort associated with chemotherapy.

Health BenefitDescription
AntioxidantSaffron contains antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals and oxidative stress.
Mood EnhancementSaffron has been traditionally used to improve mood and alleviate symptoms of mild depression.
Digestive AidSaffron can help soothe digestive discomfort and promote healthy digestion.
Anti-inflammatorySaffron has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the body.
Sleep AidSaffron is believed to promote better sleep and relieve insomnia when used in herbal remedies.
Table 2: Healing Properties of Saffron

It has also been used to treat recovering alcoholics and is said to help repair the damage done to the brain by alcoholism.

An infusion of saffron is said to help relieve depression.

Correspondences of Saffron

Zodiac SignLeo
ChakraSolar Plexus
Associated DeitiesApollo, Ra, Sun Goddesses
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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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