Sunflower (Helianthus annus)named aptly after its orange flower maturing in the sun and is seen farmed in France, Spain and Italy. Named after the Greek term Helios meaning sun and Anthos meaning flower. You will notice that the flower “faces” all point in the same direction towards the morning sun. In ancient cultures the sunflower was a representation of the sun, the seeds being matured until black and harvested for food and the oil. There are many species of sunflower but high Oleic acid varieties are favoured. Sunflower oil is packed with goodness, Vitamins A, D, E, calcium, zinc, potassium and iron. Sunflower contains inulin supposed to help support asthma and a healthy respiratory system.
Spa: This oil has a softening effect on the skin and is a great massage base as it is light but has the “slick” needed in massage therapy and it remains a less expensive carrier base. It is often used in baby massage due to being safe as a carrier oil (not a nut oil). Its softening effect makes sunflower an excellent oil to be used in foot products helping to reduce and prevent the hard skin on feet.
Food & Drink: Most common oil used for cooking and is often hydrogenated into the solid butter/spread product. Light, low aroma profile with a high level of Vitamin E which protects the oil from oxidation, it therefore has a longer shelf life.
Product manufacturers: Used in soap making as it is a mild oil with lots of therapeutic properties. Often used in Baby product bases and as one of the carrier oils used to make lotion and creams base formulas.
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