Sunflower - 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.
Traditions: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.
Properties: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.