Safflower Seed Oil

safflower-220x220Botanical Name: Carthamus tinctorius

Aroma: Neutral

Viscosity: Thin

Absorption /Feel: Penetrates well and minimal oily residue on skin

Colour:Clear with pale yellow to golden tinge

Shelf Life: 12 months

The Safflower plant, known in India as Koosumbha and in China as Hoang-tchi, is extensively cultivated in India, China and other parts of Asia, also in Egypt and Southern Europe; but its native country is unknown. It grows about 2 to 3 feet high, with a stiff, upright whitish stem, branching near the top; and has oval, spiny, sharp-pointed leaves, their bases half-clasping the stem. Its fruits are about the size of barleycorns, somewhat four-sided, white and shining, like little shells.

Safflower Oil Benefits for Hair
Safflower oil is highly rich in polyunsaturated fats, containing 77% linoleic acid (omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)), 10% saturated fats, and 13% oleic acid (omega-9s – monosaturates). It also comprises high levels of vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol and phytosterols, and so helps in preventing and treating EFA deficiencies in the body. Safflower oil contains high amounts of oleic acid, which is light in texture and penetrates the skin easily. This protects, nourishes, hydrates and firms the hair. Being extremely rich in essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, it is highly beneficial for dry, color treated or perm hair. When applied to the scalp, it acts as a vasodilator which can dilate the blood vessels, resulting in more nutrients supply to the hair follicles through blood circulation, and a healthy environment for hair regrowth.

Safflower Oil for Dry Hair
Our hair normally contains a moisture content of approximately 10%, which when drops below this level needs to be retained. As the hair grows past the neckline or doesn’t have a direct contact with the scalp, the essential natural oils present in the scalp are not utilized throughout the hair shaft. Therefore, to increase the hair’s ability to attract and retain moisture in the cortex of the hair, one can use moisturizers rich in essential fatty acids (EFA). Safflower oil is one of the best and cost-effective oil for dry hair containing essential fatty acids. Following are few steps that will help you to replace the lost EFA and moisture from the scalp:

  1. Put 1 or 2 drops of safflower oil in your palms and rub them together.
  2. Take your hair and apply the oil at the ends first, and then work towards the scalp.
  3. Leave this in your hair for an hour or so and then rinse.
  4. By regularly applying safflower oil in your hair, you will retain the moisture and have healthy, shiny hair.

Safflower oil also promotes hair growth and healthy skin as it contains vitamin E. People who have dry, brittle hair as well as color treated or permed hair are recommended to get a regular safflower oil massage for healthy looking, shiny hair. This odorless oil is mild and has a very light texture and so it is easily absorbed by the scalp. Massaging safflower oil on the head, will improve blood circulation and makehair healthy and strong. People who are suffering from excess hair fall can find effective hair regrowth with the application of safflower oil on hair.

Apart from being good for hair, there are also many safflower oil skin benefits. People who have dry skin should use safflower oil as it helps in moisturizing the skin, especially during the dry winter months. Because of its light and non greasy texture, it is easily absorbed by the skin and it makes the skin smooth and supple. The use of safflower oil is also recommended for treating acne. Application of safflower oil on the skin helps in getting rid of other skin problems like scars, wrinkles and extremely dry flaky skin along with acne. Unlike other oils, it does not clog pores and hence can be used by people who have sensitive skin.

As you have seen, there are many benefits of using safflower oil, both in your diet as well as for external

Disclaimer

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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