Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius), commonly called Kusum in India is an ayurvedic flower that has many health benefits. The oil extracted from this plant is widely used in Ayurveda for various purposes. It has antibacterial properties and is very effective in treating wounds and infections. This flower encourages menstruation and relieves abdominal pain in women. It helps in reducing the high cholesterol level in the body and helps in bowel movement. It is also used as a nutrition supplement.