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Safflower

Carthamus Tinctorius

A tea brewed from chopped or granulated flowers is given to induce perspiration and thus reduce fever; pharmacologists investigating the plant's medicinal uses indicate that this one is probably valid. However, scientists question that safflower has any effect as a laxative. The flowers still serve as a dyestuff in some parts of the world, but the oil-producing seeds, which are used in paints and varnishes as well as cooking and salad oil, are the reason for safflower's cultivation.

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