Uses For Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil has more vitamin E than any other vegetable oil.

Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are native to Mexico and Peru and were introduced into the United States in the 16th century. Today, sunflowers are recognized the world over for their strength, beauty and vibrancy. Sunflowers produce large seeds which are pressed to produce sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is edible, economical and is being used in more products each and every day. Does this Spark an idea?

Cooking

Sunflower oil is light in color, mild in taste, and low in saturated fats. It contains more of the antioxidant vitamin E than any other vegetable oil and is also high in vitamins A and D. Sunflower oil is able to withstand high temperatures and is thus a good choice when frying foods. Sunflower oil can be used in place of olive oil in salads and dressings.

Beauty Products

Sunflower oil is easily absorbed by the skin and provides deep nourishment and moisturizing. For these reasons, it is a popular ingredient in over-the-counter and homemade beauty products including lotions, creams and massage oils. Used in aromatherapy, sunflower oil incites feelings of harmony and peace of mind.

Tires

Automotive tire-making giant, Michelin, uses sunflower oil in the rubber of certain tire models to help tires maintain traction in wet or snowy weather. The oil helps the tire rubber maintain its elasticity at low temperatures which enables the tire to handle better in adverse road conditions.

Fuel

Sunflower oil is used as bio-diesel to power vehicles, particularly farming equipment. Bio-diesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. It causes less hardship on the engine of the vehicle and is much safer for our environment than petroleum-based fuels.

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Medicinal Uses

Studies were conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University between 1998 and 2003 in Bangladesh which suggest that sunflower oil can protect premature babies from bacterial infections when rubbed onto their skin several times daily. Sunflower oil can also be applied to the face and neck to treat and prevent acne breakouts.