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Sunflower Faces

October 7, 2014

The recent bad weather played havoc on the gardens of Olive Training, just yesterday we were horrified to see our 8ft sunflowers, which incidentally we had taken much care to cane up,  had been totally uprooted.  So today the beautiful blooms sit magnificently in a vase inside for all to see and enjoy but this got me thinking..... We do tend to overlook sunflower oil in massage and aromatherapy in favour of other more exotic oils.


During aromatherapy courses I often call Sunflower oil the “happy” oil, basically to draw reference to those big flower faces which follow the sun throughout the day, but to also draw attention to the fact it is such a keen little oil, wanting to be used in our treatments and blends but often ignored in favour of olive or almond.


Sunflower oil (Latin: Helianthus annus) is rich in essential fatty acids and has a high content of Vitamin E plus it contains A, B and D, making this an excellent oil to promote a healthy skin.  It is absorbed by the skin well due to its resemblance to the body’s own natural oils making it ideal for massage.   It is obtained by collecting the seeds and cold pressing which ensure