False saffron is a less expensive saffron alternative made from the flowers of safflower plants.

Health considerations

There is some concern that safflower threads may have abortifacient qualities for pregnant women. In a study of safflower extract’s effects on pregnant mice, fewer embryos developed and there were cytotoxic effects.

Keep in mind

Individuals allergic to ragweed may react to false saffron.

May be found in

See: Saffron


Mountain Rose Herbs
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Alternative Spellings and Names

Carthamus tinctorius, Mexican saffron, American saffron, Azafran

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