The safflower plant shines bright like the sun – resembling a thistle with tufted flowers in brilliant – yellows, oranges, and reds.
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Each flower produces 15 – 20 seeds, white, shiny, and smooth; it is from these seeds the oil is produced. This plant has been cultivated for over 4,000 years due to the myriad of health benefits. A few of these include:
* Omega 6 and 3 for cardiovascular, brain health, and managing blood sugar, also aids in weight loss as Omega 6 encourages the body to burn fat rather than store it
*Oleic acid stimulates blood flow to the scalp, encouraging healthy nourished hair
*Linoleic acid found in the Safflower oil is known to regulate the prostaglandins. The prostaglandins cause hormonal fluctuation and symptoms in your body, thus helping to relieve symptoms of PMS and regulate menstrual cycles
* The overall synergetic effect of Safflower is purported to support a full body anti-inflammatory response and support immune health.
Since I specialize in the energetic properties of food, I would love to share some of the subtle benefits from eating Safflower oil:
Key Energies: Knowledge. Consciousness. Synthesis. Spiritual Empowerment.
Safflower - encourages us to stand on our own two feet, to recognize and utilize ones own wisdom, to depend on personal strength, to acknowledge and work with ones own good qualities, using these as stepping stones to improve the less good.
At the same time to have the wisdom to know when you need help, to see and make the connections, that will support and aid you. This not only applies the mundane world, this plant has a special connection to the solar creative life force that supports serendipitous events.
You may want to incorporate this oil into your diet, to usher the anticipation of miracles in, movement into the light, taking action, passing on blessings and service given from a place of strength.
Safflower Oil in Cooking
There are two very different Safflower oils (although both are light with a mild flavor). The monounsaturated oil has a very high smoke point—which makes it ideal for high-heat cooking.
The second type of safflower oil is polyunsaturated. This type, should not be heated, making it a great choice for salad dressings and sauces.
Ayurveda deems this oil beneficial for all dosha types and especially beneficial for kapha. True to the Sanskrit term sneha which means both “fat” and “lavish love”, this oil from a Vedic perspective provides the gifts of being: Warming, lubricating, fortifies the whole system, builds tissues, soothe bodily membranes, and activates the digestive fires.
Savory Carrot and Oat Puree
3 carrots chopped into large chunks
¼ c rolled oats
½ c water
2 garlic cloves
2 tbs safflower oil
1 tbs lemon juice
½ tsp salt
¼ black pepper
In a small saucepan cook rolled oats in water over medium heat until sticky. Blanch carrots chunks and drain. Add the carrots, garlic, safflower oil, lemon juice, cooked oats, salt and pepper with a splash of water to a blender and combine until smooth.
Of course these are only guide lines. Adjust garlic, lemon, salt and pepper to taste.
This makes for a delightful side dish that supports not only the subtle gifts listed above but all the health giving properties this wonderful oil offers.
Candice Covington is the author of Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice: Working with the Chakras, and the Five Great Elements and this blog is based on her upcoming book You Are What You Eat: A Vibrational Cookbook to be published by Inner Traditions
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