TibetanGold™ Tibet Natural Organic ‘Red Saffron’ Herbal Tea

Starting at: $15.00

• Saffron, the world's most expensive medicinal tea or spice, is derived from the stigmas of the saffron crocus, a member of the Iridaceae family. The saffron crocus is dormant during the summer months and flowers in autumn. Flowers are lilac to mauve in color, but the outstanding feature of the flower is its three bright red stigmas 25-30 mm long, which droop over the petals.

• It takes about 8,000 flowers to yield just 100 grams of the red stigmas, so there are approximately 240-250 stigmas per gram, yielding about potent 60 cups of beautiful ‘golden' tonic tea per gram. You will be amazed that just 4 -6 tiny stigma strands produce such an amount of quite strong brilliant yellow tea.

• There are at least 3 saffron grades, Red, Orange , and Deep Yellow. Our Tibetan Gold™ ‘Red Saffron' tea is the highest quality Saffron in the world, and is purchased by us directly in Lhassa, Tibet.

• In Tibet, saffron (called gur-gum) is known for its extreme health promoting benefits; is often an ingredient in medicines and incenses (for breathing in); it is considered a powerful tonic tea for heart and nervous systems, and was recorded in the “Four Tantara” the monumental 8 th Century Tibetan Book of traditional sacred medicines and cures.

• What the Tibetans have known for 13 centuries has only recently been rediscovered in the West; and that is that Red Saffron contains natural ubiquinone (now called Coenzyme Q10), a lipoidal vitamin-like substance similar in structure to vitamin K, vital to the proper functioning of the heart. If ubiquinone levels in the heart fall to 75%, then the heart may cease to function. R esearchers found Ubiquinone to be essential in cell respiration, electron transfer and the control of oxidation reactions (redox reactions.) (See Saffron in the Links)

• Ubiquinone is one of the two most important essential nutrients (the other being ascorbic acid). These two molecules, along with other essential nutrients, have been rejected as unpatentable and unprofitable by certain "authorities" and interests, according to exposé's by Pauling and others. This has been one of the most lethal errors of modern medicine because no cell, organ, function, remedy, etc, can avoid failure unless essential nutrients, especially these two, are optimal. Supplementation of both is mandatory: for ascorbate, lifelong (since humans can't synthesize it); for ubiquinone, increasingly with age.

  • Cancer suppressor

· Crocin, Safranal and Picrocrocin from saffron may be involved in anti-cancer activity by inhibiting the growth of human cancer cells.

  • Anti-Depressant

· Saffron tea has been used to treat depression. Ingesting large amounts of the tea and spice has been reported to cause feelings of happiness and joy.

  • Heart health

· Saffron has traditionally been used to improve blood circulation and cure bruises in Chinese medicine. The active ingredient Crocetin may also lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides in the body and help in the treatment of atherosclerosis and arthritis.

  • Antioxidant Action

· Safranal, a constituent of saffron, is a good antioxidant and free radical scavenger.

  • Eye care

· Studies show that saffron improves vision and is an effectual weapon to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the commonest cause of blindness in the elderly.

       • Stroke

Since 1972, in studies of stroke in three animal models (dog, rat, and gerbil) ubiquinone was the only agent giving complete protection and this was over two times more often than the next best agent (naloxone) of the many tested to date. Some of the animals were pretreated and some post-stroke (less than 12 hrs). None of the 50+ synthetic stroke agents tested in humans has yet proven successful as of February 2000. ( http://faculty.washington.edu/~ely/JOM5.html )

• Red Saffron is considered an excellent stomach ailment cure and an ant-spasmodic;

• Red Saffron helps digestion and increases appetite. For appetite loss, or a too full feeling have a simple saffron ginger tonic on hand. Using a pinch of Tibetan Gold Red saffron threads, 1/4 oz. ginger root (crushed) and one pint of 100 proof alcohol. Place the spices and alcohol in a covered glass container, let mixture steep for 14 days in a cool, dry place. After 14 days, pour it into a pan, and heat briefly, strain. Take one tbsp of tonic before meals and your appetite shall return.


• Rubbing your gums with saffron can reduce soreness and inflammation. Crush a few threads of saffron into a powder and use your index finger to massage gently into your gums.

• It is also relieves renal colic, reduces stomach aches and relieves tension.

• Recently because of its essential oils, Red Saffron has been found to be effective against flu-like infections, depression, and as a sedative.

• Saffron milk is a flavorful, soothing drink that can be helpful in relieving cardiac problems. To make it yourself, bring one cup of milk just to a boil, add a pinch of saffron, reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for two minutes. Sweeten it with Tibetan Gold™ Organic Air-Dried Granulated Honey to taste and drink it once a day.

• Red Saffron is known to balance and coordinate the body's rhythms and cycles. In small quantities Red Saffron regulates women's menstruation, and helps conception.

• Even since antiquity, crocus was attributed to have aphrodisiac properties. Many writers along with Greek mythology sources associate crocus with fertility. Crocus in general is an excellent stimulant.

• For more than 1200 years in Tibet, Saffron has been used as a medicinal herb to promote blood circulation, remove toxins, and to alleviate fever and inflammation.

• Historically, saffron was also particularly important as a dye plant. In Tibet , it has been used to produce the brilliant red color of the robes of ranking Monks, like Dali Lamas and the Panchen Lamas. This unique Red Saffron is a very precious herb and truly ‘Tibetan Gold.'


Be careful when purchasing saffron. It is sometimes adulterated with other yellow spices. True saffron is expensive and has a deep orange to red color. The redder the saffron strands, the better the quality. The yellow saffron has no curative properties and is primarily used in cooking; the Red Saffron has many medical and curative qualities. Only choose whole saffron threads, never powdered saffron, because you will not know what you will be getting, probably yellow turmeric (the poor man's saffron). To check Saffron, the strands should have a quite bitter taste, the bitterer the taste the higher the curative qualities are. When you store saffron, always store in an airtight container in a dark, cool place. Don't let it get damp or you will end up losing it all together.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 April, 2005.

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