Saffron has a long and fascinating history as seasoning, dye, perfume and medicine (or medicinal ingredient.) In ancient times it was widely used to cure anything and everything.
The Egyptians used it to cure stomach pains; Cleopatra used it in her baths for cosmetic reasons and to make her feel more amorous. Alexander the Great used saffron to heal his wounds. Romans liked to sprinkle saffron on the streets when Emperor Nero did a walkabout. The saffron would mask the odour of the streets, and - more to the point - the "rabble" in the streets. MORE