Name: Carthamus tinctorius
Names: Safflower, American saffron, dyers' saffron, false saffron
Safflower is an annual plant native to the Mediterranean countries and cultivated in Europe and the U.S. Its glabrous, branching stem grows from 1 to 3 feet high and bears alternate, sessile, oblong, or
ovate-lanceolate leaves armed with small, spiny teeth. The orange-yellow flowers grow in flower heads about 1 to 11/2 inches across.
This thistle is valued
for its orange-yellow flowers in summer and for the oil contained in its
Taken hot, safflower tea produces strong perspiration and has thus been used for colds and related ailments. It has also been used at times for its soothing effect in cases of hysteria, such as that associated with
Powdered seeds made into a
poultice used to ally inflammation of the womb after child birth.
Flowers of this herb is
useful for jaundice.
Infusion: Steep 1 tsp. flowers in 1 cup water. Take 1 to 2 cups a day.
Tincture. A dose is from 20 to 60 drops.
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