What are Safflowers?
Safflowers are tall, upright thistle that can grow to be 3 feet tall. They are mainly grown today for their seed oil. When safflower seed oil is used in cosmetics, it is shown to reduce dry skin, making it a great moisturizer. This is just one of the reasons we love safflowers so much!
In today's article, we'll discover a little bit of history behind safflowers and interesting facts you might want to pass along to your friends and family.
Here we go!
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- It is believed that the safflower originated from central Asia.
- Safflower has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 3500 b.c. Textiles found in King Tutankhamun's tomb are believed to have been dyed using safflower!
- Safflower was used as a natural dye in past centuries.
- It has been called the poor man's saffron as it was often used as a cheaper alternative to saffron in many dishes but it is said that the taste is quite bland to its counterpart, saffron.
- In the past, tea made from safflower leaves was often used to reduce fevers by inducing sweating. Most popularly, it was used for childhood diseases such as measles.
- Consuming safflower has been shown to have positive benefits when it comes to heart disease and diabetes! A 16-week study showed that after taking 8 grams of safflower daily, participates saw an in improvement in their glycemia, inflammation and blood lipids.
- Using safflower as a dietary supplement has also been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- Safflower oil can soothe your pets itchy skin when added to their food on a regular basis.
Safflowers are not only beautiful plants but they have several medicinal and practical uses. What is your favourite fact?
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