By  on April 9, 2010

One of the few crops to originate in North America, the sunflower, whose name comes from the Greek word helios, meaning sun, has been used throughout human history for food, decoration and healing. This spring, the bloom’s nutrient-rich oil infuses a host of launches for hair, skin and body. “Sunflower oil is very moisturizing— rich in vitamins A, D and E and essential fatty acids,” says Julie Bawden Davis, certified master gardener and author of Reader’s Digest Flower Gardening. “It is a light texture, easily absorbed by the body.”

 

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