Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a plant that grows throughout the world. Its seed oil is a rich source of the essential fatty acid, linoleic acid.
The linoleic acid in safflower oil might help reduce the risk of heart disease. Safflower also contains chemicals that might help prevent blood clots, wide blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and stimulate the heart.
People use safflower oil for high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
- High cholesterol.
- Blood circulation disorders.
- Menstrual disorders.
- Chest pain.
- Traumatic injuries.
When taken by mouth: Safflower oil is likely safe to use as part of the diet. It’s usually well-tolerated.
When applied to the skin: Safflower oil is possibly safe when used for up to 8 weeks.