Safflower (American Saffron) (Cut & Sifted) Available in 1 OZ, 1/4 LB, 1/2 LB, 1 LB.
Description: Safflower, known as American Saffron, is a herbaceous thistle-like annual, belonging to the Compositae (Asteraceae) family. Its stem is erect and it divides at the top into stiff whitish yellow and glossy branches. Its leaves are long and spiny and the flowers are initially yellow, turning later to bright orange. Safflower's brilliant dried flowers are used as a natural dye for textiles.
Other Names: American Saffron, Bastard Saffron, Dyers' Saffron, False Saffron, Hoang Chi, Hong Hua, Koosumbha, Mexican Bastard Saffron, Parrot Plant, Safflower Petals, Zaffer
Part Used: Flower Petals
Culinary Uses: The petals are edible and are used for food spice and coloring, often as a cheaper substitute for Saffron. To make a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of Safflower petals, cover and steep 3-5 minutes.
Medicinal Uses: Safflower flowers are used to nourish the liver, gallbladder and respiratory system. It's considered to help balance cholesterol in the body, and assist in eliminating excessive uric acid. It has been used to break up phlegm and soothe the digestive system. Safflower is a mild diaphoretic and it helps to move stagnant blood and alleviate pain.
Precautions and Adverse Reactions: Safflower should not be used during pregnancy or by persons with hemorrhagic diseases or peptic ulcers. Ingestion of this herb may prolong blood coagulation time.