Studies suggest that safflower oil is possibly effective for treating high cholesterol, as using it instead of other oils may help to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, and it may also be taken as a dietary supplement, according to WebMD. Research suggests that safflower oil does not raise HDL "good" cholesterol or reduce triglycerides, which are other blood fats.
Safflower oil contains linolenic and linoleic acids, which may prevent heart conditions such as "hardening of the arteries" or stroke, notes WebMD. Safflower oil may reduce blood clotting, stimulate the heart and cause blood vessels to widen. Some people may take safflower oil to bring blood pressure levels down.
Some people take safflower oil to treat or prevent coughs, tumors, breathing issues and fevers, states WebMD. Other uses for safflower oil include chest pains, blood clotting problems, pain and traumatic injuries. Safflower may be used to loosen phlegm or to provide relief from constipation.
Safflower oil may be used to induce sweating or as an antiperspirant, and some people use safflower oil as a stimulant, according to WebMD. Women may use safflower oil to alleviate symptoms associated with menstruation. Safflower may be taken for diabetes, cystic fibrosis, hepatitis C and other various conditions, but in 2015, there is insufficient evidence to prove that it is effective.