Sunflower Oil

by Socha on November 18, 2011

Sunflowers in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Sunflower is native to South America, where it was worshipped by the Aztecs as a representation of the sun. The seeds were eaten toasted or turned into meal and the plant was brought to Europe at the end of the 16th century.

Sunflower seeds generally contain an oil yield of around 30% although some varieties contain more like 50%. Sunflower oil is very widely grown oil crop and is produced and sold in large quantities, so is easily available and inexpensive.

Sunflower oil is a lovely golden oil which is easily absorbed into the skin and has a very light, pleasant nutty aroma, making it a perfect medium for using in massage. It does not  leave the skin feeling greasy.

It is a very good oil to use on babies and children due to its protective skin properties.

  • Sunflower oil is rich in Oleic acids, protein, linoleic acid and minerals.
  •  It also has beneficial amounts of lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids.
  •  It contains high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.
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