Safflower | Latin Name: Carthamus tinctorius | Family: Asteraceae | Extraction: Cold Expression | Plant Part: Seeds
Safflower is an unsaturated oil which is a very pale yellow and had a makeup similar to Sunflower oil, it thickens and becomes rancid on exposure to air.
A tall annual plant that resembles a thistle with red and orange flowers, hence its English name which is a shortened form of Saffron flower. It is related to lettuce, sunflower, artichoke, chicory and daisy. It is a plant of antiquity and has always been highly regarded. The seeds have been discovered in Egyptian tombs up to 3000 years old and both the flowers and seeds are used in the dying of materials.