Safflower, Carthamus tinctorius, can be cultivated throughout the world. The flowers, seeds, and oil can be used for medicinal purposes. Safflower has been used in folk medicine as well as both Chinese and India medicine. Safflower contains essential fatty acids as well as a mixture of red and yellow pigments that may have beneficial effects on the body. Safflower has been used for a variety of ailments.
People allergic to other member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family may want to use safflower with caution. Other member of this family include ragweed, marigold, daisies, chrysanthemums, and more.