Analgesic; anti-diabetic; anti-inflammatory; antioxidant; antipyretic; purgative; antidote to poisoning
Typically used as a nutritive oil derived from its seeds, which adds colour and flavour to food. The flower heads steeped as a tea will relax nerves, coughs and bronchial spasms, as well as boost immunity and lower cholesterol. Safflower petals facilitate bowel movements and can improve conditions of cancer patients. Also used as a preventative for osteoporosis. Applied topically, it may heal bruises, open wounds, rashes and skin disorders. ^1.