About Organic Safflower Tea Petals (Carthamus tinctorius)
Safflower is an oilseed plant and offers numerous health and wellness benefits. It is known to be native to Africa and India and Its oil is also used as cooking oil due to its good nutritional profile. Historically it was being grown to be used for obtaining the dye and was a major component of yellow and red dyes in the Egyptian textiles. Safflower oil is also an ideal choice for the aromatherapy bath and massage. It is also possible to apply it directly to the skin and hair as a moisturizer. Therefore, this article is focused to discuss the health and wellness benefits of safflower.
Hair Care and Hair Growth
Safflower oil can easily penetrate the hair follicles and offers good nourishment and protection against the damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stresses. It is a rich source of oleic acid and works as a potential stimulator of the scalp. Massaging this as hair oil helps to improve blood circulation and promotes the development of strong and healthy roots. It also reduces the hair dandruff and provides immediate relief to the itchy and dry scalp.
Topical application of safflower oil on the skin does not cause clogging of pores. It removes bacteria, impurities, and dirt from the skin by breaking and blending dead skin cells. It is also helpful to remove the sebum from the skin and thus reduce the acne problem. Safflower has good anti-inflammatory properties and helps to heal and calm the skin by boosting skin regeneration.
Eczema patients have poor water holding capacity of the skin and lose water faster across the skin barrier. This is due to lower ceramides levels that can be significantly improved by the regular application of safflower oil. This oil also has rich antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties and vitamin E contents that provide relief from flaking, dryness, and itching. It is also helpful to treat psoriasis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Improved Heart Health
Regular and optimal use of safflower is helpful to reduce abdominal fats and bad cholesterol. Safflower oil helps to reduce the chances of heart diseases and disorders due to the presence of polyunsaturated oils, and linoleic acids.
Treatment of Menstrual Problems
Menstruation is a painful and uncomfortable process for many women. The presence of linoleic acid in the safflower is helpful for the regulation of prostaglandins causing hormonal fluctuations in the menstruation periods. Safflower oil helps to reduce the severity of the problem by regulating menstrual cycles.
Safflower oil is a rich source of omega 6 fatty acids and helps the regulation of prostaglandins’ functioning. Omega 8 fatty acid is significantly helpful to improve the normal functioning of the human body by boosting immunity and enhancing its capacity to fight against various diseases and disorders.
Controlling Blood Sugar
Safflower is a good source of magnesium that helps to regulate blood sugar levels for preventing diabetics. Its regular use is helpful for the normalization of insulin synthesis and secretions and controlling unexpected blood sugar drops in diabetic patients. Phosphorus present in the safflower oil helps to reduce fatigue, muscle weakness, and numbness. Some studies have also reported that optimal consumption of safflower oil is helpful to control sperm motility, loss of libido, frigidity, and sexual weakness.
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