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Safflower

  • Carthamus tinctorius
  • Origin: China
Safflower

SKU
saff_4

Common Name

Standardized: safflower

Botanical Name

Carthamus tinctorius L.
Plant Family: Asteraceae

Overview

Introduction

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.

Constituents

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

Summary

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.

Precautions

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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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.