Scientific name:Helianthus annuus
This bright yellow flower has been a part ofAyurvedamedicine for centuries. The seeds of sunflowers have been used to extract oils for both edible oils and for massages. Oil made from sunflower seeds are considered to be the lightest of all base oils in terms of its texture and aroma. The uses of sunflower oils are diverse and can be used as oil forkaphaandpittamassages. Using this oil regularly hydrates and nourishes the skin without clogging the pores and causing acne. Since this is a neutral base oils compared to other oils, a variety of essential oils can be infused with sunflower oil before usage. Grown in countries like the USA, and Canada, this flower requires dry and arid climate to thrive. In India, these flowers are grown Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, among others.
Benefits of using sunflower oil:
How can sunflower oil be used?
The most common ways of using sunflower oil are using it directly on the skin and consuming it orally. Cold-pressed oils are the most suitable for usage on skin as no nutrients are lost during the extraction of the oil from the seeds. Using sunflower oil with a few drops of essential oil works as a natural moisturiser and for the entire body and face. The oil can be directly massaged onto the skin until it is fully absorbed. There is no need to wash it after massaging it because the goodness of the oil is retained when it is left on the skin.
Some people might be allergic to sunflower seeds and this might extend to the oil as well. So, it is important for people to ensure that they are not allergic to the flowers or the seeds. To ensure that there are no harmful side-effects due to allergies or any other reason, it is important to do a patch test on the arm before applying it to other parts of the body.
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