History records the medicinal use of Safflower dating back into 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 pulmonary issues. In recent times, safflower oil has come into prominence as being one of the cooking oils with the lowest cholesterol content, and found to have 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 indirectly neutralize and dissolve uric acid deposits. The body uses it for 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/vascular cleansing. It is soothing to the digestive tract for heartburn, diverticulitis and ulcer lesions. Safflower helps to increase bowel function and increase the flow of urine. It produces perspiration and also can be used to promote menstruation and relieve gas.
Safflower Petals (Carthamus tinctorius)
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Safflower Petals can provide relief for: • Digestive Disorders • Fevers • Gout • Heartburn • Blood/Vascular (cleanser) • Liver Problems • Phlegm • Uric Acid Urinary Problems • Diverticulitis/Ulcers