Safflower seed oil is used for preventing heart disease, including “hardening of the arteries ” (atherosclerosis) and sroke . It is also used to treat fever, tumors, coughs,breathing problems , clotting conditions, pain,heart disease ,chest pain , and traumatic injuries. Some people use it for inducing sweating ; and as a laxative , stimulant, antiperspirant, and expectorant to help loosen phlegm.
Women sometimes use safflower oil for absent or painful menstrual periods; they use safflower flower to cause an abortion .
In foods, safflower seed oil is used as a cooking oil.
In manufacturing, safflower flower is used to color cosmetics and dye fabrics. Safflower seed oil is used as a paint solvent.