Mountain Rose Herbs

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  • Carthamus tinctorius
  • Origin: China


Common Name

Standardized: safflower

Botanical Name

Carthamus tinctorius L.
Plant Family: Asteraceae



Safflower is more familiar to westerners as the source of vegetable oil, but the petals of the native American plant make a pleasant tasting tea.


Carthamin, carthamadin

Parts Used

The stamens (also called petals, threads or flowers)

Typical Preparations

Can be made for use as a dye, and whole petals used as tea


Besides its medicinal uses, safflower leaves have also been used as pigment and dye from deep yellow to crimson for centuries, and are sometimes used as natural food coloring.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Not for use in patients with bleeding disorders, hemorrhagic diseases, or peptic ulcers. Use with anticoagulant medications should be under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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