It is produced from the Crocus Sativa, or the blue autumn flowering crocus, cultivated in this country, and on the continent. Saffron is sold by the druggists either in the form of Hay Saffron, or of " Cake Saffron." The former is composed of the loose dried stigmata. It is used as medicine, and as colouring matter. It was at one time a favourite stimulant and antispasmodic. It is now given when scarlatina, or the measles are suspected, as an expulsive, to hasten the eruption. It is good in asthma, cough, and difficulty of breathing, and is a good remedy for the jaundice. It must be used as a decoction.
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