- Scientific Name: Carthamus tinctorius
- Alternate Names: Alazor, American Saffron, Bastard Saffron, Benibana, Cártamo, Carthame
- Family: Asteraceae
- Origin: China
- Ingredients for consumption: Wild-harvested Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
- Parts Used: Flower
- Appearance & Aroma: Reddish-orange powder with a mild scent reminiscent of sweet tobacco
- Active Components: The main active components in Safflower are pigments found in flower petals are flavonoids of the C-glucosylquinochalcone group. The best known are carthamine and carthamidin.
Safflower is used in wellness practices because of its benefits to hair, ability to fight belly fat, and supplement supporting cardiovascular health. Safflower increases hair strength, growth, and elasticity. It increases shine but without making the hair greasy or leaving a film as other oils do. Check out Astaxanthin for similar benefits but with powerful anti-oxidant.
Other benefits of Safflower are:
- Help boost heart health
- Safflower helps with weight loss
- Promote healthy hair
- Safflower improves skin health
- Relieves PMS
- Strengthens immunity