Sunflower - Helianthus annuus

Helianthus annuus


The sunflower is a large annual plant classed among the Asteraceae. Measuring up to 3 m high, its capitulum may reach 30 cm in diameter. This plant faces the sun until it flowers: known as heliotropism. Originating in the western North America, the sunflower is now cultivated on every continent.


Cultivated for over 3,000 years, its uses are many: human and animal food, decorative, medicines, etc. Together with rapeseed and olive, it is one of the three main sources of food oil in Europe.


Sunflower oil is obtained by mechanical pressing of the seeds. Rich in Omega-6, a vital constituent of the cellular membranes, this oil nourishes and protects skins subjected to daily aggressions. It is also an excellent hair conditioner for dry, damaged and fragile hair.