This silky smooth, vitamin-rich carrier is a prime choice for your personal cosmetic formulations. It penetrates the skin easily but creates a smooth and softening finish on your skin and is less drying than other rapidly penetrating fixed oils.
A jack-of-all-trades, Sunflower oil can be beneficial in multiple different skin preparations including lotions, lip balms, and massage. Used in massage, it is a wonderful choice for moisturizing the skin and is an affordable choice for a more lavish touch to your self-care preparations.
Carrier oils are 4 oz and come with a pump.
Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
Method: Cold Pressed
Aroma: Mostly odorless, but has a slightly oily aroma when applied topically
Consistency: Typical and characteristic of carrier oils
Absorption: Absorbs slowly, leaving a slightly oily look
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Shelf Life: 1 Year
- Sunflower oil contains essential unsaturated fat, such as oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat that is good for heart health and can reduce levels of bad cholesterol as well as reduce inflammation. Sunflower oil also contains Vitamin E and Vitamin K also beneficial for health. However, as with all fats, overconsuming these foods can lead to excess body weight and cancer risk. Used topically on the skin, it has a non-comedogenic rating of zero making it a superb oil as an emollient protecting the skin barrier and calming irritation and dry skin conditions without clogging pores.
- Sunflower oil has incredible health benefits including the ability to reduce inflammation. Topically, it is beneficial for dry skin and for conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. Its non-comedogenic rating of 0, means it is non-irritating and won’t clog pores. Its Vitamin E content can also further its benefits for topical use to smooth out rough patches of skin and reduce redness and inflammation.
- Sunflower oil is made by cold pressing the dehulled seeds using steel rollers or a piston-like cylinder to squeeze out the oil. If heat is used to extract the oil from the seeds, much of the flavor and nutritional quality become degraded. Cold pressing helps to maintain the nutrients in the natural oil. Sunflower seeds actually contain a significant amount of essential fatty acids (aka unsaturated fat) such as oleic acid that benefit skin and hair health. It is often used as a cooking oil and in prepared salad dressings.
- Sunflower oil is gluten free. For those with gluten sensitivities and allergies, Sunflower oil is safe for topical use and consumption. It has a nutty flavor and is used as an ingredient in cooking often. However, for those with nut or seed allergies and for those whose skin is easily irritated, it is recommended to perform a skin patch test of Sunflower oil on the inner arm for 24 hours before using over a larger portion of the body. If redness, itchiness or irritation occurs, discontinue use.
- Sunflower carrier oil (Helianthus annuus), is made from the seeds of the Sunflower plant, and a relative of safflower. The oil is cold pressed from the seeds to retain the purity of the constituents including essential fatty acids such as Linoleic and Oleic acids and a large amount of Vitamin E. The cold pressed method is ideal for using Sunflower oil on hydrating dry and problematic skin for issues such as acne, irritation, rashes and inflammation. It can also be used to treat dry, damaged hair.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. Alternatively, use Carrier Oils alone as a natural moisturizer. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
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Sleepy Kid Massage Blend
4 oz flip top PET bottle
3 oz Sunflower Oil
1 oz Apricot Kernal Oil
12 drops Lavender Essential Oil
8 drops Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil
4 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Add all ingredients to the PET bottle and then cap, turning back and forth gently to mix well. Massage into your children’s skin after they come out of a warm bath to help increase the absorptive capability of the massage blend and instill a deep sense of relaxation so they are ready for bed.
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