Safflower was used in ancient Armenia, as in many Middle East countries, for textile dyeing. The Latin name Carthamus derives from the Arabic verb qurtum meaning dye, in reference to the usage of safflower petals for textile dyeing. Interestingly, the modern Arabic name of safflower “al-usfur”, is derived from the word “asfar” meaning yellow. It is considered one of humanity’s oldest crops having been used for thousands of years. Medieval Armenian herbalists would use safflower tisane as a remedy for treating insomnia, decreasing anxiety levels and to strengthen the liver, gall bladder and respiratory system. At present, safflower is used in traditional medicine as an herbal remedy as a decongestant, to detoxify the body and to protect the digestive and circulatory systems (in particular, balancing cholesterol levels).
Our wild safflower is hand harvested 1,900m above sea level from its native habitat, in the Lori region of Armenia, by the residents of the village of Odzun, supervised by an ethnobotanist, using methods of collection and processing passed down over thousands of years. The golden petals are dried in the shade under the ceramic roof of a natural drier to preserve the quality and taste. Our wild safflower has interestingly both honey-caramel notes reminiscent of rooibos and savoury notes, and may be enjoyed with pumpkin sugar crystals or honey.
Safflower tisane may be drunk hot or ice cold, and may be used in cocktails and recipes. Find the recipe for our exotic Arabian Sunrise mocktail here. A cup of safflower tisane is perfect after a meal to aid digestion or just before bedtime to relax.
Choose from the following options*:
- Nazani Tea Caddy (12g) makes approx. 12 cups –
- Nazani Tea Caddy (50g) makes approx. 50 cups – £17.95 (2018)
- Caddy Refill Pouch (12g) makes approx. 12 cups –
- Caddy Refill Pouch (50g) makes approx. 50 cups – £14.96 (2018)
- Sample Pouch (4g) makes approx. 4 cups –
Catering pouches are also available**:
- Small Catering Pouch (250g) makes approx. 125 servings – POA
- Medium Catering Pouch (500g) makes approx. 250 servings – POA
- Large Catering Pouch (1kg) makes approx. 500 servings – POA
*Estimations are based on drinking the traditional Armenian way, where one portion will give you at least two cups – just refill with 100°C water and steep for two minutes longer than the original brew time.
**Based on servings.
Please note the pouches are not airtight, and therefore once opened, your tisane should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odours. We do not recommend glass, plastic and paper containers. Any noted health benefits of our herbal infusions are from traditional medicine and should not be used to prevent or cure any disease.
Consult a GP if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any other health concerns.
100% Wild Safflower
July 2017, June 2018
|Growth & Production Method|
Use 2g for every 200ml of 100°C spring water and brew for 5 minutes
One portion will give you at least two cups
Honey-caramel with savoury notes