Bulk Herbs: Safflower Herb (Organic)
Size: 1 oz package
Also Known as: Carthamus tinctorius, False Saffron, American Saffron, 'dyers' saffron and Azafran
Safflower is more familiar to westerners as the source of vegetable oil, but the petals of the native American plant make a pleasant tasting tea. It can be made for use as a dye, and whole petals used as tea. Dried Safflower can be used in recipes in place of saffron as a much less expensive substitute (it is also known as "false saffron").
Bird lovers can also add the seed to their feeders, as the taste is unpalatable to squirrels and other small rodents. Safflower Powder is also an excellent non-toxic fabric dye, providing several shades of yellow and pale green. You can buy bulk Safflower Oil to use as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to linseed oil for use in paints as well. Safflower is among the oldest domesticated crops, dating back to Egypt's Twelfth Dynasty 3,800 - 4,000 years ago. Today, most of the world's safflower is grown in the U.S., Mexico and India.
Note: Pregnant women should avoid using safflower(the oil is alright) as it may have a slight aborfacient quality. It also may cause problems in people who have ragweed allergies. Not for use in patients with bleeding disorders, hemorrhagic diseases or peptic ulcers.
In magick, Safflower can be burned as a love-drawing incense by gay men; mixed with Sampson Snake Root by gay men to draw a dominant lover.
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