Saffron has been used for many years by therapists in ayurvedic medicines against headaches coughs colds and considered good for digestion. It is also considered good for the skin. It figures in many Grndma's remedies even today.
Good quality saffron can be kept for 2-3 years, but poor quality saffron deteriorates rapidly.So it is important to buy the best quality from a reliable source.
Saffron must be protected from dampness and direct light to retain its properties.
With genuine saffron one must soak the filaments for few minutes in warm water or milk before the strong colour, aroma and flavour emerge.
Beware of cheap saffron. It is advisable only to purchase reknowned brands.