Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Heavy Periods Using Saffron

Saffron is called Kunkuma in Sanskrit. It is widely used in many formulations for external application and internal usage. Here is a simple Ayurvedic home remedy for heavy periods using saffron.

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Natural remedy for heavy periods – What you need?
Saffron – single thin strand
Honey – 1 teaspoon

Method of preparation

How to make?
Take a thin strand of saffron, break it into small pieces. Mix it with honey and consume.


Heavy periods
Painful periods
Pre Menapausal Syndrome
Mood swings during periods
Nasal bleeding
Pitta aggravated conditions leading to bleeding disorders.
Dose – just one strand once or twice a day, along with a teaspoon of honey.

How long to take?

If one is having habitual heavy periods, then it is best to start this remedy 3 days prior to periods and continue till bleeding lasts.
If heavy periods is seen only occasionally, it can be started as and when there is heavy bleeding and can be continued till bleeding lasts.

Another way of using it is –
It can be taken 1 week before periods starts till it ends. This way, it can be used every month till there is good control over bleeding.

Shelf life

Shelf life (expiration date)?
Saffron can be stored for an year in air tight container.

Mode of action

How does it work? It helps to check bleeding. It also acts as anti spasmodic, helping in relieving pain during periods,it is a very useful drug.

Safety in children, pregnancy

Safe for kids?
It can be used safely in children above three years of age, for a period of 3 – 4 days, for spasmodic stomach pain.

Safe for pregnant woman?
It is quite safe in pregnant woman.
It is safe in lactating mother.

Side effects

Higher dose than suggested should be avoided at all cost.

15 comments on “Ayurvedic Home Remedy For Heavy Periods Using Saffron

  • Ebony Juelz

    15/01/2014 - 12:15 pm

    Why would a child of three or four be on their monthly cycle, or why would a pregnant woman take for bleeding since that stops while child is in utero?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      15/01/2014 - 12:27 pm

      Dear Ebony Juelz, Greetings!
      Please note that, a single herb will not have only one single benefit. It will have multiple benefits, based on the need of the patients. This is because single herb is a combination of many different phyto-chemicals.
      So, though saffron with honey might not be useful for the above purpose, they are quite useful to headache, to improve skin complexion, texture, to heal wounds etc. Hence it can be useful even in pregnant mothers and children.

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  • caroline

    15/01/2014 - 1:44 pm

    Is this remedy useful in rectumbleeding too and bleeding gums? Thank you for all good articles you write!

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  • Anil

    20/01/2014 - 10:07 am

    Hi Dr,
    From when and how long this can be given to the pregnant mothers and in what quantity and how many time a day is recommended

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/01/2014 - 3:09 pm

      It may not be given as a remedy during pregnancy. But little quantity of saffron can be used in preparing food items.

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  • jincy

    21/01/2014 - 11:52 am

    how to take saffron to improve skin complexion?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      26/01/2014 - 6:19 pm

      Dear Jincy,
      1. Using saffron as an ingredient in cooking.
      2. Taking a very thin strand of saffron with a cup of milk or ghee in the morning.

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  • Pratibha Gramann Ph.D. Educator and Consultant for Psychophysiological Therapy

    30/12/2016 - 10:42 am

    What kind of effects does saffron have if higher or larger doses than 1 strand are taken as a dose? To place in rice while cooking, how many strands would be called for?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      11/01/2017 - 8:17 pm

      Over-dosage may cause dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, change in appetite,
      If the rice is for 4 – 5 people, then 5 – 6 strands can be added for cooking.

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  • Aleena

    23/08/2017 - 12:03 am

    Do I have to use this formula forever during my periods for heavy flow ? or is it gonna work in one or two times of usage?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      28/08/2017 - 6:30 pm

      Hi, it can be taken 1 week before periods start till it ends. This way, it can be used every month till there is good control over bleeding.

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  • sushil

    29/10/2020 - 3:48 pm

    prolonged heavy bleeding can stop with saffron?

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  • Jol

    28/09/2022 - 9:38 am

    If someone has high blood pressure , low moods and heavy periods would you recommend saffron? Or something else in combination ?

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