(Carthamus tinctorius) aka - American Saffron, False Saffron
Recorded history on the medicinal use of Safflower dates back to the Middle Ages. A tonic of Safflower seed juice mixed with chicken stock or sweetened water was taken for constipation or respiratory problems. It removes phlegm from the system and clears the lungs, thus helping in pulmonary issues. Today, oil of Safflower is considered one of the vegetable oils with the lowest cholesterol content. Safflower oil has one of the highest percentage levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids of oils tested. Safflower is used as part of an arthritis, gout or kidney stone formula to neutralize and dissolve uric acid deposits. The body uses it for the production of hydrochloric acid and to help eliminate uric and lactic acid from the system. It is a bitter herb that helps digestion, improves colon function and helps with blood and vascular cleansing. It is a digestive tract soother for heartburn, diverticulitis and ulcer lesions. Safflower helps bowel function and increases the flow of urine. It produces perspiration and can be used to promote menstruation and relieve gas.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Safflower may provide relief for:
• Digestive Disorders
• Liver Problems
• Uric Acid Build-up
• Urinary Problems
- Properties: Alterative, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Purgative (mild) Primary nutrients: Essential fatty acids, Vitamin K