Ask Roe June Blog Series – Phytonutirents


June 21, 2018

Safflower (Oil)


Safflower Oil Origins

Originating from Southern China,  Safflower Oil was considered an essential product, that was used medicinally as well as a dye. Safflower is one of humanity’s oldest crops, and dye’s made from Safflower have been found in King Tut’s Tomb. Today we cultivate the oils for its healing properties.

Safflower is native to Asia and the Mediterranean region. The generic name, (Carthamus tinctorius) comes from Arabic and Hebrew words meaning “to paint”.


Safflower (Oil) Properties

Strengthens Hair & Nails

Clears Complexion

Boosts Immune System

Strengthens Cardiovascular System

Strengthens Respiratory System

Helps Alleviate Migraines and Headaches

Relieves Menstrual Pain

Alleviates Joint Pain

Anti Inflammatory

Helps with Type 2 Diabetes

Helps with Weight Loss


Safflower and Weight Loss

Safflower Oil contains CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acid. A naturally occurring fatty acid. CLA has helped people lose fat, maintain weight loss, retain lean muscle, as well as control Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 is the type of diabetes that is often associated with obesity, and can be managed. In Ayurveda, Type 2 Diabetes is treated as a case by case metabolic disorder, and can be fixed with a controlled diet, according to the persons Dosha.

What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid?

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a naturally occurring fatty acid, with similarities to an omega-6 fatty acid but with health benefits for skin and weight loss. It’s one of the good fats, present in foods such as grass fed dairy products.

Foods Rich in Natural CLA

Safflower oil


Egg Yolk

Coconut Oil

Grass-Fed Dairy Products


Carthamus tinctorius – MHNT

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm (12 to 59 in) tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower is native to arid environments having seasonal rain. It grows a deep taproot which enables it to thrive in such environments.

*source: Wikipedia


Try adding Organic Safflower Oil into your meals, and feel the difference.















Published by Roseanne Carlo

Founder at Gypsy Tribe Westchester 69 Westchester Ave Pound Ridge, NY 10576

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