Safflower oil is extracted from the seeds of a, thistle-like, annual with bright yellow, orange or red flowers, called a safflower. This plant thrives in dry climates and is susceptible to frost. Its oil is colorless and flavorless with a very light texture.

The methods of extraction are very different and are important to understand. Two methods for extracting safflower oil are chemical and mechanical. In the chemical process, chemicals are added into the oil in order to refine it. This process eliminates essential nutrients in the oil and contaminates it with some harmful chemicals. This can cause negative effects on the body, when consumed. During the mechanical process there are no chemicals injected into the oil. Instead, the oil is cold expeller pressed. This method is much better than the chemical process, since the natural ingredients are retained in the oil.

Safflower oil contains some healthful benefits. It is nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. It has a high source of polyunsaturated fats, omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin E.

How is it beneficial for the body? There are a variety of reasons including: strengthens cell membranes, eliminates excess body fat, reduces cholesterol, strengthens immune system, aids in the reduction of blood sugar levels, helps maintain regular menstrual cycles, contains benefits of vitamin E, promotes hair growth and absorbs easily into the skin and scalp. It soothes, moisturizes and restructures skin. It soothes bruises, minor irritations and acne. It moisturizes dry skin, chapped skin or cracked skin. It restructures skin providing acne relief, repairing acne scars, diminishing wrinkles and fine lines.

It is used for food production, as cooking oil. It is found in salad dressings, margarines and other foods. It is used in cosmetics, for massages, in commercial and homemade skin care products including: soaps, lotions, creams, lip balms and more!


Safflower oil is an excellent mild, moisturizing agent with skin softening and conditioning properties. It is wonderful to use for making homemade soap. It should be used in combination with other soap making oils, such as coconut or palm oil. Use as a portion at approximately 5% to 15% in your homemade soap recipes. There is no need to use a high percentage of this soap making oil in your homemade soap recipes.

Be aware that this natural oil has a short shelf life. It can last three months after opening or two years if unopened. It can become rancid quickly. To extend its shelf life consider: mixing it with another carrier oil with good antioxidants benefits, storing it in a cool, dark and dry location, (out of direct sunlight), and refrigerate after opening. Soap makers, the saponification values, converted to ounces, are: NoAH .135 oz., (homemade bar soap) and KOH: .190 oz., (homemade liquid soap).

Safflower oil has healthful benefits and is used in a variety of ways. Not only is it used for food production but for skin, hair and scalp conditions. Discover how safflower oil can help you today!

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