Sunflowers Essay

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October 1st, 2004Sunflower - Nature’s Perfect Plant Posted by Herbal Legacy admin in Food, Gardening, Herbal Remedies (NOTE: This article is from the old School of Natural Healing newsletter) October 2004 by Lindsay Wolsey, MH This newsletter is the result of a mini-feud with my neighbor. It started when I went to Florida for a week. When I came home, Morning Glory had taken over my yard. So I was out in my yard, vainly trying to get the Morning Glory under control. And I was making fairly good progress. My neighbor (not the one with heartburn) comes over, and tells me that I need to weed an area between our yards, because it looks trashy. I looked over at the area, and saw a beautiful specimen of Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower). So I carefully weeded the area, making sure that the Sunflower was still there. The next day, my neighbor told my husband to cut the sunflower down. He told her that she needed to think before she spoke. She then said that she meant that the sunflower made her yard look trashy. As I have walked around our neighborhood, I have seen many different varieties of Sunflower in people’s yards, and along the side of the road. I don’t think that these remarkable plants look trashy—I think they are beautiful.The Back Story Sunflower gets its Latin name from the Greek—Helios, meaning “sun” and Athos, meaning “a flower”. These plants are native to North America, Peru and Mexico. Both the Inca’s and the Aztec worshiped Sunflower. In the 1500’s, Spanish conquerors sent sunflower specimens to Europe. These plants were used as ornamental, and some medicinal uses were discovered. In the 1700’s, an English patent was granted for a process for sunflower oil. In the 1800’s, Sunflowers as food became popular. The Russian Orthodox Church forbade the use of oils during Lent, but conveniently didn’t include sunflower oil. In the 1900’s, Russian Farmers grew

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