June 14, 2008

Sunflower Power

Who doesn't like sunflower? Well, half of the woman population I know adores it tremendously - and maybe a few men here and there . So what is it about sunflower that makes us so attracted to it ?

I believe it is the vibrancy of its' yellow-colored petal that opens up like the full sun. Just looking at it lifts the soul of a dull spirited-being. It also enlivens a dreary room when used as a decorative item to accentuate it. Sunflower is just plain attractive! To me, it is the "new rose" of the century.

But there is more to it. Sunflower is not just a pretty, attractive flower. According to NSA ( National Sunflower Association), it also acts as food additive, medicine and dye for textile and body painting. This shows that Indeed, sunflower is a powerful flower. Here is an excerpts from NSA:

Sunflower was used in many ways throughout the various Indian tribes. Seed was ground or pounded into flour for cakes, mush or bread. Some tribes mixed the meal with other vegetables such as beans, squash, and corn. The seed was also cracked and eaten for a snack. There are references of squeezing the oil from the seed and using the oil in making bread.

Non-food uses include purple dye for textiles, body painting and other decorations. Parts of the plant were used medicinally ranging from snakebite to other body ointments. The oil of the seed was used on the skin and hair. The dried stalk was used as a building material. The plant and the seeds were widely used in ceremonies.

To read more click on this link: sunflower

I'm a proud fan of sunflower !!!


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