Sunflower | Latin Name: Helianthus Annuus | Family: Asteraceae | Extraction: Cold Pressed | Plant Part: Seeds
A very pale yellow oil Sunflower is light and slightly sweet. Organic oil is often used as the maceration medium for Calendula and other plants. Organically grown plants are cold-pressed to obtain the oil whereas non organically grown plants are sold commercially in large quantities were the oil is refined by solvents.
Originating in South America where the flower was worshipped by the Aztecs as a representation of the sun. The plant was bought to Europe at the end of the 16th century. The plant requires a lot of water and they can be used to drain boggy areas, they will grow in most places as long as in full sun and plenty of water. Before collection, the seeds are allowed to ripen in the flower head until turns black.