Safflower, general: the safflower plant, a fast growing, thistle-like, year-long herbaceous plant belonging to the Aster family that naturally occurs in countries across Asia, Europe, North America and Australia has first been used as medicinal plant in Egypt around 3500 BC for the manufacturing of ointments. The tea obtained from the flower petals has also been used for milleniums in Chinese traditional medicine for the prevention and treatment of multiple conditions.
Apart from its medicinal use, the plant has been serving as a dying agent donor in the past and nowadays is still used as a substitute for safron in cookery and as an ornamental garden plant or as cut or dried flower.
Clinical studies on safflower petals have shown, amongst others:
In folk medicine, safflower tea has further been used to prevent or treat:
- menstrual or climacteric conditions
- joint pain
Safflower tea should be infused 3 – 5 minutes at a water temperature of 90°C and is good for 2-3 infusions, depending on the duration of the individual infusion periods.
Though Safflower Tea is generally regarded as a “soft medecine” without any undesirable side effects, and for example in Russia given to babies for inflatulence, the consumption during pregnancy is discouraged.