Although it’s the most expensive spice, it’s mighty in strength. Saffron resolves sleep disorders, heals scars and aids in the treatment of diabetes. It’s counted among universal painkillers. Additionally, it helps to dispel sadness, bad moods and light depression. Such medicinal effects are due to Safranal, an organic compound isolated from saffron that is obtained from the stigmas of the plant. Safranal acts on the body fairly quickly and increases serotonin in the brain. At home we can easily prepare saffron oil – add 2–3 drops of essential oil of saffron to 2 teaspoons of almond oil. The oil can then be used by massaging onto acne, scars or a sore abdomen.