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Safflower: An Economically Important Herb That Can Benefit Both Humans and Animals Alike

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  • Safflower is a widely grown crop around the world and is economically important to many countries, including the United States
  • Safflower can be enjoyed in different ways, but the most convenient method is to drink it as tea
  • Research shows that safflower may help with various aspects of human health such as diabetes management, bone health and hair growth
  • Men and women who are trying to conceive or starting a family should avoid safflower; mice studies show that the plant can hamper reproductive health

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is an annual broadleaf crop primarily grown in the Great Plains of the United States. The name is believed to be derived from the medieval French word “saffleur,” or from the Old Italian word “saffiore.” It is identified by its strong central stems that can grow from 12 to 36 inches tall, and branches that produce one to five yellow or orange flower heads that bloom in late July.

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