Sunflowers grow tall and strong with their faces to the sun; so, sunflower oil, by default, is solar charged. The flowers are large, the leaves are large and their stems are highly supportive–thanks to the water stored in their cell walls. They spend their lives reaching out to the sun, receiving it’s solar energy, photosynthesizing and manufacturing all kinds of goodness for your life.
A sunflower represents happiness, loyalty and longevity. Their large yellow faces imitate the sun and inspire feelings of joy. As above, so below. Sunflowers were cultivated for medicine as well as their oil, fiber and seeds in early history. In modernity, the sunflower is used mainly for their seeds and oil. Because of their popularity, it’s a good idea to use organic or non-GMO sunflower products to ensure that you get the best that sunflowers have to offer you.
My neighbor grows these beauties on the shaded side of the street. I often see her sitting on her porch taking a moment to just be, or tending to her garden. They don’t seem to require too much attention, and seeing that she’s on the shady side of the street, they seem to be pretty forgiving as far as direct sunlight is concerned. They are hardy plants that will easily plant themselves–so be on the lookout if you have a bird feeder in your yard. They tolerate just about any type of soil and can withstand drought conditions.
Sunflower oil offers a host of benefits to our bodies. Be advised that I am not a medical professional and what you read here shouldn’t be substituted for medical advice. I am simply a firm believer in the power of this good Earth. That said, sunflowers are packed full of healthy fatty acids like palmitic acid and linoleic acid (an omega-6). Its combination of fatty acids and vitamin E work much like antioxidants in the fight against free radicals.
Cholesterol and Sunflower Oil
The absence of saturated fats makes sunflower oil extremely useful in cholesterol control. It can also help prevent atherosclerosis, the build up of plaque in arteries, which reduces the chance of heart attack or stroke. Sunflower oil can also boost your overall heart health and give your immune system a boost.
Your Skin Loves Loves the Stuff
Sunflower oil is excellent for your skin. Did you know that there is half of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E in just 1 tablespoon? Cooking with it is great for your insides and putting it on your skin allows for another method of absorption. It can help reduce the appearance of scars and speed wound healing. It can also help you achieve a youthful and healthy glow when used in skin preparations.
This amazing oil can even help to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is the source of many ailments, and when we eliminate those sources and begin to incorporate inflammation reducers to our lifestyle we can see change blowing in the wind. Both asthma and arthritis sufferers have found sunflower oil to help lessen their symptoms.
Kick Cancer’s Butt
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been affected by cancer. I am not a cancer survivor, but I have lost several important influences in my life to the dreadful disease. Seeing loved ones battle with the disease, I am glad to introduce natural elements that can help to prevent and rage against it. Sunflower oil’s antioxidants and vitamin E are very instrumental in staving off cancer.
This amazing plant has so much to offer. Making it part of your healthy living initiative is a great idea. Be active. Remember to increase your water intake, the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat and your time in the sun.