If one were to use as a guide the number of times an item is mentioned in the Edgar Cayce readings, it would be safe to say that every avid devotee of the readings should drink Saffron Tea! Of the 250 times the herb Saffron is called for, approximately 200 refer to its use as a tea – more than any other tea mentioned in the readings – ranking fifth among the herbs named. Teas which appear often in the readings are Watermelon Seed, Mullein, Camomile and Ragweed in that order, but Saffron leads the list by a wide margin.
Knowing why Saffron was recommended, for what ailments and for what purposes, leads us to conclude that it can be useful to many of us. Were one interested in specific health advice, the place to look would be complete readings on a particular malady (psoriasis or diabetes, for instance) or collections of readings (Circulating Files) rather than extracts taken out of context. For our purposes here, though, we will consider broadly the part Saffron plays as a healing agent not necessarily the complete regime to be followed in curing specific ailments. That is to say, these extracts should stimulate a concerned person to look further.
One other remarkable aspects of the readings is the way the Cayce source prescribes an herb or an herbal remedy and then goes on to explain in detail what the item does to bring about healing.
The activity of this [Saffron Tea] upon the gastric flow of the stomach and duodenum and through the alimentary canal will read to allay, and to work wine the activities that supply the mucous membrane flow along the canal itself, thus aiding the body. [Psoriasis] (cayce)
Also during the period when the colonic irrigations and the osteopathic treatments are being given, we would take a great deal of the Saffron Tea (made from American Saffron), that it may aid in creating better activity through the peristaltic movement of the eliminating system. [Poor Eliminations] (Cayce)
And about twice a day (this between the meals) have half an ounce of Yellow Saffron Tea; not too strong. This as we find will prevent the accumulations of gas and the inflammation to be absorbed by the activities of these properties through the system. [Intestines: Gas] (Cayce)
The Saffron Tea is very well as an intestinal antiseptic … [Measles] (Cayce)
The extracts quoted above enlarge on why Saffron was recommended – “creating better activity through the peristaltic movement of the eliminating system,” “prevent the accumulations of gas and the inflammation to be absorbed,” “an intestinal antiseptic” – rather than just because the tea was recommended in connection with a particular ailment.
The major topics under which Saffron Tea is indexed are psoriasis (14 references), lacerations (19), eliminations (13), assimilations and eliminations: incoordination (14), toxemia (14) and ulcers (21). From this list we can see that Saffron works on the stomach and intestines and is an aid to those skin ailments the cause of which is a malfunction in the alimentary canal.
What is this marvelous herb and how readily available is it? The readings were not specific, but apparently the herb referred to was Carthamus tinctorius, which is also known as Saffron, Bastard Saffron, and American Saffron. The other Saffron, the true Saffron was Saffron, Crocus sativus. It is grown in western Asia, Spain, France and Austria. When compacted it is also called hay saffron.
Regarding whether Spanish, Mexican or American Saffron is the best, the Cayce source responded: “The American Saffron will be found to be most helpful. This is really preferable to the Spanish Saffron which is much more expensive.” (Cayce)
An ounce box of Saffron (Carthamus tinctorius) used regularly should last a couple of months and is as inexpensive as drinking coffee. As for manner of preparation this extract is typical.
Hence, we would begin taking internally once each day, preferably just before retiring, a cup of Saffron Tea. Put a pinch of the American Saffron in a cup of boiling water, or put it in the cup and pour boiling water over it and allow to stand for thirty minutes (covered during that period, of course). Then strain, cool, and drink. Use a good pinch of Saffron, you see, between the thumb and the forefinger, to the cup of boiling water. Make this fresh each time. (Cayce)
Psoriasis Care Kit;
Probably the strongest endorsement for saffron is to be found in the psoriasis readings. It is often used in conjunction with elm water. In his first reading, Mr.  asked about this ailment:
Q-4. Please give me the cause and cure of the so-called psoriasis with which I am troubled.
A-4. The cause is the thinning of the walls of the intestinal system, which allows the escaping of poisons – or the absorption of same by the mucous membranes which surround same, and becomes effective in the irritation through the lymph and circulatory reactions in the body.
An effective cure for same is first being mindful of the diet, during the periods when these necessary elements would be given for creating those activities within the system to close such conditions:
In the system we would use elm water and saffron water. These would be taken in the ordinary drinking water, during periods of one, two to three weeks at a time. All the drinking water carrying, then, either a small quantity of elm or the Saffron.
For this adds to the assimilating system those properties that become effective to the aiding of building within the system itself those conditions that will overcome such activities in the system. (Cayce)
Repeating the reference to the thinned conditions of the intestinal system, (for psoriasis) adds a third remedy often found with saffron and elm – camomile tea.
We would keep to the taking, more often, the Saffron Tea as indicated; and we would change or alternate this at times with Camomile Tea. For these tend to form, in the regular activities of the body, the best in the gastric flows for the intestinal disorder. (Cayce)
Both the Saffron and the Camomile assist the gastric flow and aid digestion, as stated in other readings.
Miss  was 10 years old when she received her first reading; she was afflicted with abrasions and poor blood coagulation. In the next two years she had two more readings. Although psoriasis wasn’t mentioned in the course of the readings, the symptoms were:
These conditions, as we find, exist:
There has for so long a time remained that condition wherein the mucous membranes of the digestive system, and of the intestinal tract even proper – or the walls, are thinned by this impoverishment. Hence a tendency for the lymph and the mucous membranes to pick up, through these small orifices – and through the improper eliminations of the poisons, and create in the lymph and emunctory circulation those as of the rash, or abrasions, as occur on portions of the system; the body attempting to eliminate poisons, yet when the body is impoverished, so that these would not occur, the whole general system suffers under same, and – as the condition is seen – the system has just been a little too much overloaded, so that the digestive and assimilating juices, or assimilating system, are not able to take care of the conditions in a way and manner. (Cayce)
A portion of the treatment included the following:
We would also prepare to be taken of mornings, that of Yellow Saffron Tea. This should he steeped, not too strong, but about a teaspoonful to the pint of water and allowed to brew or steep as tea – see? This may be kept or set aside, strained and set aside in a cool place, and should last for 2 to 3 days, taking a tablespoonful of same in a glass, or half a glass, of water – of mornings, see? after the cereal or fruit has been taken. We also will find that occasionally Camomile Tea, made in the same way and manner – this used instead of the Saffron, will enable the system – with these being kept in the line as has been outlined to create more of a mucous membrane in the stomach and intestinal system, see? and keep up those rubs as given for the limbs, and we will find changes coining about, betterments for the body. (Cayce)
There is again the reference to the healing of the skin being brought about by dealing with the source of the distress, the intestinal tract. This time the Yellow Saffron and the elm bark are taken in conjunction with olive oil, which is highly recommended as food for the intestines in many other readings.
There are other factors, such as diet, spinal manipulation, and the improvement of the eliminating system, that assist in controlling and overcoming psoriasis. The Circulating File, with its excellent commentary by an M.D., should be consulted for the complete treatment.
In concluding we might observe that tea drinking need not be just a social habit. The right tea – or right combination may be the means to inducing healing. Because the readings were rather specific in telling us what Saffron Tea does for the body, it should be given consideration as a means of bringing balance to the stomach and intestines when they are not functioning properly. No rare herb, Saffron is within the means of almost everyone and easily available. Our slogan might well be, “Take herb tea and see the result!”
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health Database.[The preceding report was written by Robert O. Clapp, M.A., and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1975, Volume 10, No. 6, page 210, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]