The thistle-like Safflower plant grows about 2 to 3 feet high, with a stiff, upright whitish stem, branching near the top; and has oval, spiny, sharp-pointed leaves, their bases half-clasping the stem. The fruit is about the size of barley-corns, four-sided, white and shiny. The oil from the seeds was used by Native Americans internally to help with post-partum bleeding, menstrual cramps, whooping cough, sciatica, and bronchitis. Water extracts of the flowers were also used in treatment of cardiovascular disorders.
History and Folklore:
Safflower is one of the oldest crops known. For most of its 4,000-year history, the florets were used as the source of a dye, until more stable sources were developed. Interest in the health benefits of unsaturated oils to lower cholesterol levels brought about a new popularity of the ancient food source. Safflower has been used in many herbal traditions worldwide including Native American, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and Ayurvedic medicine.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest Safflower seeds in late September to mid-October when most of the plant has turned brown and the seeds come out of the head when lightly rubbed.
Do not use while pregnant or nursing.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Astringent, Emmenagogue, Hepatic, Laxative, Nutritive
Tincture Ingredients: Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
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