Safllower petals as a tea and occasional cooking spice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 22, 2011 at 1:42 AM

I have been studying herbal medicine for a few years. Useful stuff indeed!

So I have some safflower petals. They can be used in much the same way chamomile is and are quite delicious as a tea. I also have been adding a small bunch for a bright shock of color in my cooking on occasion. Is there any reason I should not? I know the seed oil should be avoided at all costs.. but is this usage/amount ok?

"Safflower petals have been shown to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and to sooth coughs and bronchial spasms. A tea of safflower petals can have a similar effect to chamomile tea, soothing and relaxing. It has been used in Chinese traditional medicine, in Native American herbal medicine and in Ayurvedic medicine, for remarkably similar purposes. It has been used to treat scabies, skin lesions, heart conditions and rashes, and the most recent research indicates that safflower tea may help reduce cholesterol levels. Besides its medicinal uses, safflower leaves have also been used as pigment and dye * from deep yellow to crimson * for centuries, and are sometimes used as natural food coloring."

From mountainroseherbs.com



on September 22, 2011
at 02:12 AM

I've been wondering the same thing! I found a white tea that has safflower and cornflower petals in it (and coconut...mmmm), and hesitated. Looking forward to seeing the answers!

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on September 22, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Found this: http://www.springerlink.com/content/uq1r656160124l39/

"Safflower petals have been shown to have a lot of medicinal and therapeutic values. Indian safflower petal samples were analyzed for the red pigment carthamin, protein and oil contents. The petal oil (4.0-5.8%) was further analyzed for its fatty acids followed by alpha linolenic acid (15-19%) and palmitic acids (14-16%). Gamma linolenic acid, which has a lot of therapeutic value was present to an extent of 2-3%; decanoic and dodecanoic acids (2-5%) were also present."

Though from reading the abstract and page preview, I can't tell if the study was on fresh or dried petals. I would imagine that would make a difference.

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