Latin Name: Helianthus Annuus
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Extraction: Cold Pressed Seeds
Nutritious oil rich in linoleic acid Sunflower oils contain vitamins A, D and E with the minerals calcium, zinc, potassium, iron and phosphorus, it is a great oil for massage
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, 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, they can be used to drain boggy areas. Before collection, the seeds are allowed to ripen in the flower head until turns black.
- Beneficial for skin complaints and bruises
- Alleged to be helpful in the case of leg ulcers
- Included in preparations for skin disorders such as haemorrhoids, acne, seborrhoea, rhinitis and sinusitis.
- The oil has a softening, moisturising effect on the skin and good for use on massage
- Sunflower oil has slight diuretic properties
- It is expectorant and as it contains inulin, it is useful in the treatment of asthma. (Mabey 1988 p.14)
(Len & Shirley Price: Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage 4th Edition)
The oil used in blended cooking oils has been highly refined and should not be used in aromatherapy and massage. The refined oil should not be used at high temperatures as it breaks down and produces toxic elements when heated.
Sunflower Carrier Oil Safety Data Sheet