Hidden Secrets of Sunflower Oil & the Sunflower Plant


Botanical name (Latin): Helianthus annuus
Plant family: Asteraceae
Aroma: Faint and Sweet
Extraction method:Solvent expelled or expeller pressed

Native region/origin
: Russia
Growing habit: 16 feet in heigh
Parts used: Seeds

Benefits of Sunflower Oil

Upon absorption into the skin, it leaves a protective emollient layer that prevents it from losing moisture while defending its outer layer against damage and facilitating its regeneration, thus resulting in a rejuvenated appearance. It is gentle enough to use on the face, around the eyes, and in baby skin care.

The Vitamin E content of Sunflower Oil exhibits smoothing properties, which slows the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It also prevents blemishing and offers protection against the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun, one such effect being hyperpigmentation. Sunflower Oil is known to even out the skin tone by offering a skin-brightening quality to the complexion. Furthermore, it is also reputed to decrease sensitivity to sunlight and to facilitate the lightening of an unwanted tan.

Its thin consistency means Sunflower Oil is easily absorbed into the skin without clogging pores. While eliminating bacteria that are known to encourage the development of acne, it also reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and bruising. Its abundance of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and fatty acids work to promote skin’s regeneration and to generally enhance skin health.

When applied to hair, Sunflower Oil is known to hydrate dryness, soften the strands, manage frizz, and to repair damage, thus promoting easier manageability. By adding conditioning moisture to the locks and by nourishing the hair, it promotes luster and strengthens it against breakage. Furthermore, the Linolenic Acid content of Sunflower Oil is reputed to effectively address thinning, loss, and baldness.

Used medicinally, Sunflower Carrier Oil’s protective barrier quality serves to protect the body against harmful bacteria that could potentially cause infection. It is reputed to soothe skin that is irritated, inflamed, calloused, and rough, making it ideal for reducing itchiness and for addressing conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. By removing dead skin cells, Sunflower Oil prevents pores from undergoing congestion that leads to whiteheads and blackheads, thus preventing breakouts.

Due to its mild scent, Sunflower Carrier Oil is often used in aromatherapy and for addressing ailments such as sinusitis. When applied in massage therapy, it is reputed to be beneficial for addressing leg ulcers, which are caused by poor circulation.

COSMETIC:Softening,Astringent, Moisturizing, Conditioning, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Clarifying, Brightening

MEDICINAL:Anti-Microbial, Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Immune-Enhancing, Energy-Boosting, Anti-Inflammatory

History of Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Carrier Oil, better known as Sunflower Seed Oil or more simply as Sunflower Oil, is cold pressed from the seeds of the big, yellow, cheerful Sunflower botanical, a member of the same family as the Calendula, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, and Gerbera flowers. Several ancient societies used various parts of the Sunflower for therapeutic and culinary purposes. Its dried leaves were also ingredients in recreational substances that were used similarly to the way in which tobacco was smoked.

While in some cultures of ancient South American origin, the seeds of the Sunflower were considered to be a source of food, for other cultures, namely that of the Aztec and Inca communities, the flower was believed to represent the revered sun and, thus, was worshipped.

In Native American Indian practices, the Sunflower’s roots were used in medicinal applications, such as for infusions that remedied snake bites, and the oil derived from the flower was applied cosmetically as a conditioning agent for hair. In Russian folk medicine, the Sunflower’s head and leaves were used to address coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, and malaria, among other health conditions.

With various body and skin health-enhancing properties and benefits, Sunflower Oil continues to be used today in topical applications that can be both cosmetic and therapeutic. This article highlights the many safe ways in which Sunflower Oil can be applied to restore and advance the appearance, texture, and health of skin and hair while promoting an overall sense of well-being.

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