Safflower, also known as Carthamus tinctorius, is an annual thistle-like plant that is native to arid regions of Africa and Asia. The petals, leaves, and seeds of the plant are used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Safflower is known for its high content of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that may help to reduce inflammation and promote heart health. It has been traditionally used to help reduce symptoms of skin irritation, such as eczema and dermatitis, it's also believed to have soothing properties. It is also traditionally used to help reduce symptoms of pain, particularly in the joints, and to help reduce symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism, it is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Safflower is also believed to have antioxidant properties and may help to protect cells from damage.