Safflower Oil


Safflower is traditionally used to strengthen immunity and to enhance blood flow, which provides relief to those suffering from obstructed menses by regulating the cycle and easing menstrual cramps. Safflower Oil is believed to reduce the levels of both harmful cholesterol and blood sugar as well as to promote weight loss by helping facilitate the body’s elimination of excess fat.


As illustrated, Safflower Carrier Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

COSMETIC: Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Skin-Enhancing, Stimulant, Regenerative, Strengthening, Circulatory, Cleansing, Balancing, Toning, Brightening, Scar-Lightening, Clarifying, Collagen-Enhancing.
MEDICINAL: Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Immune-Boosting, Anti-Spasmodic, Stimulant, Regulating, Regenerative, Strengthening, Circulatory, Analgesic, Anti-Coagulant.

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Safflower Oil can lock in moisture to hydrate and calm the skin, thus promoting radiance. To contribute suppleness to areas that are dry, rough, and unevenly toned, massage 2-3 drops of Safflower Carrier Oil into a freshly cleansed face once in the morning and once in the evening. This does not need to be rinsed off.

For a light, conditioning body oil that is ideal for oily skin types, dilute 5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil, 5 drops Chamomile Essential Oil, and 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil in 60 ml (2 oz.) Safflower Carrier Oil. This can be massaged into preferred areas of skin.

For a facial oil that is ideal for acne-prone skin types, first, combine 1 Tbsp. of Safflower Carrier Oil with 2-4 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Either Lavender Essential Oil or Lemon Essential Oil can be substituted. Next, wash the face with warm water before gently massaging the oil blend into the face in a circular motion, avoiding the sensitive eye area. Finally, using a damp face cloth wipe off all the oil. This regimen is reputed to cleanse the skin and regulate its oil production. Applied to areas of skin that are puffy or tender, Safflower Carrier Oil is known to decrease inflammation, distension, and soreness.

For a Safflower Oil soap that lathers while it cleanses, combine 385 ml (13 oz.) of Safflower Carrier Oil, 280 ml (9.5 oz.) of Coconut Carrier Oil, 280 ml (9.5 oz.) of Palm Carrier Oil, 340 ml (11.5 oz.) of Distilled Water, and 130 ml (4.45 oz.) of Lye. For a soothing aroma, add 3-5% of Lavender Essential Oil or Rose Absolute per pound of carrier oil. This recipe can be made using either the hot process, room temperature, or cold process methods. The final product can be used as either a body soap or a hand soap.

Used in hair, Safflower Carrier Oil is reputed to reduce hair loss and promote its growth. Its application can be as simple as adding a few drops to the ends of dried hair strands. Alternatively, Safflower Carrier Oil can be applied to washed and combed hair by rubbing 3 drops into the palms and massaging it with the fingertips into the scalp. A comb can be used to help evenly distribute the oil from the roots to the tips. This conditioner can be left in the hair for 45-60 minutes before it is thoroughly washed out with a regular shampoo. Repeating this hair care procedure once a week is reputed to maintain hair’s moisture level.

For a Safflower Oil hair treatment that can be applied as a mask, begin by combining 1 tsp. Safflower Carrier Oil, 1 tsp. Coconut Carrier Oil, 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, and 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil. Next, apply this oil to the roots and smooth it down over the entire length of the strands. This hair mask is believed to boost the growth of stronger, healthier strands while soothing and preventing the dryness and itchiness characteristic of dandruff.

Used in medicinal applications, Safflower Carrier Oil is known to have a reparative and even slightly cooling effect on dry, damaged skin. For a massage blend that hydrates, smooths, and rejuvenates skin, combine 10 tsp. Safflower Carrier Oil, 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 2 drops Chamomile Essential Oil, and 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil. For an indulgent and relaxing massage experience, massage 1 tsp. of this blend and gently knead it into preferred areas of skin, focusing on dehydrated zones.


Botanical Name: Carthamus tinctorius

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from seeds then refined

Country of Origin: Mexico

Believed to:

Be the prime base oil preferred among manufacturers of moisturizing cosmetic oils

Be a popular choice for use in massage blends, due to its fast rate of absorption, the ease with which it washes out of massage bed sheets, and the lack of heavy staining

Range in color from pale Yellow to Yellow

Be suitable for use in manufacturing natural products, in massages, and in an aromatherapy massage

Have a high rate of absorption

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