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Related to Safflower seed oil: Carthamus tinctorius


The dried florets of Carthamus tinctorius (family Compositae).
See also: safflower oil.
Synonym(s): safflower
[Ar. qurtum, fr. qartama, paint; the plant yields a dye]


1. A thistlelike Eurasian plant (Carthamus tinctorius) in the composite family, having orange flowers that produce seeds containing an oil used for cooking and in food products, cosmetics, and paints.
2. The dried flowers of this plant, formerly used as a source of yellow and orange dyes.


Chinese medicine
A herb, the flowers of which are used topically for abscesses, bruises and burns, and internally for anginal pan, coagulation disorders, delayed menses, and as a cardiovascular tonic.


n Carthamus tinctorius; parts used: seeds, flowers; uses: antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antimy-cotic, high blood pressure, fever, constipation, cough, menstrual complaints, massage oil; precautions: uterine stimulant, pregnancy, lactation, HIV/AIDS, lupus, immunosuppression, burns, sepsis. Also called
American saffron, azafran, bastard saffron, benibana, dyer's-saffron, fake saffron, false saffron, or
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