Sunflower is an annual plant belonging to the daisy family, native to the American Southwest and Mexico. This plant can grow up to 3 meters high. Its stem is erect, sponge thick, ribbed and full of heart. This holds a small number of leaves, although large which are triangular, heart-shaped and rough.
Each plant has one or several chapters of 10-40 cm in diameter, with yellow florets olive in the center, forming a disk or button, and other marginal provided with large yellow florets in the margin. When forming several chapters, the stem or corner lean toward the ground, but always tend to follow the direction of the sun.
The fruit is an achene sharp gray or black with white stripes as the sunflower variety concerned. The seeds usually contain more than 30% oil, each flower produces a thousand seeds. For cultivation it requires rich soil, deep and wet. Its life cycle is closed in a year.
Sunflower Healing Properties
The sunflower has diuretic and expectorant. In homeopathy, it is used to prepare the two against fever and colds, stomach ailments, nosebleeds, etc. Sunflower seed oil is extracted rich in vitamin E which is very beneficial, externally to the skin as it softens and regenerates and in case of sunburn, not only ease, but avoided blistering and scarring.
Importantly, sunflower oil, like the olive, pumpkin seeds and wheat germ is indicated in the treatment of burns, especially those caused by the Sun. When incorporated in the diet, this oil, which is a source of linoleic acid, helps reduce LDL cholesterol and prevent blood clots.
Sunflower seeds provide calories that provide impetus mint and also stabilize the nerves because they contain oils that are soothing and B vitamins that help nourish the nervous system. The coffee brewed with toasted sunflower seeds is good against nervous headache and head pain.
Sunflower oil has anticancer properties. In fact, several studies suggest that people who eat foods rich in antioxidants (vitamins C and E), such as sunflower, the cancer rate is lower, like that of cataracts.
Moreover, the flowers and tender stems of the plant, which produces a dye in alcohol, are used to combat malarial fever and reduce inflammation of the pleura.
Folk Remedies with sunflower
Remedy for fevers and colds sunflower: Marinate 2 g of dried Sunflowers in 20 g of 60% alcohol for 10 days. Pass filter and a dropper Irasco. Take 20 g of water every 3 hours.
Sunflower remedy to prevent blood clots: Eat two tablespoons of fresh sunflower seeds (30 grams) per day.
Remedy with sunflower for hand care: Melt 2 tablespoons of lanolin in as many sunflower oil bath. Whisk the mixture continuously until cold. Place in a glass bottle seal. Apply preferably in the evening, as a cream, to soften the skin of the hands.
Sunflower remedy to stop tinnitus in ears: Boil 750 ml of water and add 2 tablespoons of crushed seeds and 2 tablespoons of empty cases. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Then remove from heat and let rest for half an hour. Take 1 cup of this infusion tibia after straining it, every 4 to 6 hours.
Sunflower remedy to ease the process of quitting: Eat only raw sunflower seeds, shelled every time you feel the urge to light a cigarette.
Healthy Recipe sunflower: Veggie Burger
- ½ cup grated raw carrots
- ½ cup finely chopped celery
- 2 tablespoons onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped green peppers
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ cup tomato juice
- 1 cup ground sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon basil
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F
Combine ingredients and knead like burgers. Place on a greased baking sheet and deep. Bake at medium heat until golden brown above, turn them and brown the other side. Cook about 15 minutes on each side. Serves 4.