Saffron & Depression
In lands where saffron has been grown for thousands of years, the mood-lifting effects of this miraculous plant have been known for as long as anyone can remember. To this day, folks in Iran add saffron to their afternoon tea to help them get through the rest of the day’s work (better—and healthier—than that fourth cup of coffee) and sometimes a dash of turmeric to ease the knee pain. And saffron’s legendary ability to lift spirits and create a sense of harmony and well-being is why people in modern Persia still keep the old traditions alive, serving saffron infusions at weddings and funerals. Scientists are just waking up to this ancient knowledge (better late than never), and have confirmed saffron’s great potential to treat depression and anxiety.