Carthamus Tinctorius

Scientific Name: Carthamus Tinctorius L.
English Name: Safflower
Other Names in English: Bastard Saffron
Family: Compositae

Product Details

Health Benefits

Safflower flower
Temperament: Hot.
1- Brew and drink it. It is a stimulant, sudorific, tonic and laxative, it is emmenagogue and relieves menstrual pains, it is anti-inflammatory and tumor, it treats jaundice and paralysis, it improves the complexion, it opens the voice, it increases the sexual power and it is gastrointestinal tract bloating cathartic.
2- Its soaked water is used to wash and disinfect the eyes.
3- Pulverize it and mix it with yogurt and poultice it on the bladder. Relieves urinary retention.
4- Pulverize it and mix it with vinegar and rub it on the skin every night. Removes vitiligo.
Safflower seeds
1- Eat it. Removes bloating, brightens the complexion, strengthens the sexual power and increases sperm, is useful for treating polydipsia and coma and sudden paralysis caused by cerebral hemorrhage or apoplexy.
2- Pour its kernel into mung bean pottage or chickpea pottage and eat it. Moderates the humors, raw phlegm and burnt humors cathartic.
3- If you eat the safflower seed sap and pounded, it is very useful for reducing phlegm fever.
4- Pound 20 grams of it and squeeze the juice, then dissolve the brown sugar in it and eat. It is a laxative and useful for polydipsia.
5- Take its juice and mix it with water in which figs are soaked, then sweeten with sugar and honey and eat. Cleanses the chest, clears the voice, and is useful for treating most cold chest diseases.
Note: It is harmful to the stomach, overeating it is not good, its extract or oil causes the milk to stop longer in body; Therefore, it should not be eaten with or after drinking milk.
Modifier: Anise and sweets.


It is a plant of the Compositae family, annual or biennial, which is about 30 to 65 cm high and slightly prickly, and its general appearance, especially its flowers, is similar to Bindii. The flowers are solitary in a small tubular, yellowish-red cap that gradually turns yellow and orange and appears at the end of the flowering branch, which is called the safflower. The fruit is hazelnut-like and white in color with a thin stalk at the top, the shape of the fruit is almost like a tiny sunflower seed. This plant is native to the Orient and grows in different regions in Iran.

Chemical Constituents

7, 8-dimethylpyrazino [2, 3-g] quinazolin-2, 4-(1H, 3H) -dione, adenosine, adenine, uridine, thymine, uracil, roseoside, 4′-O-dihydrophaseic acid-beta-D-glucopyranoside methylester, 4-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyloxy-benzoic acid and p-hydroxybenzoic acid.

Medical disclaimer

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