Meet our herb of the week: Safflower

Safflower plant in bloom
Safflower plant in bloom
(Chinese: Hong Hua) {Latin:Flos Carthami Tinctorii}

Safflower is a special component of our anti-inflammation jow. Not only does it offer great therapeutic effects, but the scent is pleasing and its bright color “lifts” the formula.

Safflowers are picked from the plant in the summer, after the petals turn bright red, and are dried in the shade for herbal medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, safflower is considered pungent and warm, and is associated with the Heart and Liver meridians. Its functions are to invigorate the blood and release stagnation, to promote circulation, and to promote menstruation. It is often used with peach seed, angelica root and red peony as part a larger formula like our signature anti-inflammation jow which contains all these fantastic herbs.

Cheers to handmade herbal medicine!

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