Ancient Safflower Used for Natural Dyes and Blood Cleansing
Posted by : Mary Wutz /
Did you know that the safflower is one of the world's oldest crops and its flower petals were used as a natural dye in India, the Far East and Egypt? The name Carthamus comes from the Arabic, and means “dye” and the plant produces both red and yellow dyes that can be extracted from the flower petals.
For its use for medicine, Matthew Wood, of Earthwise Herbal says "by stirring and cleaning the blood, safflower herb detoxifies the portal circulation and decongests the intestine, removing constipation, bloating, and gas and improving blood supply to these organs. However; it also has an influence on metabolism, especially involving sugar..."
Check out Wood's book The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants.