Sunflowers are often dotting the fields or gardens everywhere during the late summer and early fall months. Their warm, cheery colours can truly brighten up a room and anyone’s mood. The seeds are a free-for-all smorgasbord of nutrition for humans. So, if someone has a lot of sunflowers sprouting and are unable to use them, here is a list of varied uses of these blossoms at home.
A glance at the history of sunflowers
Sunflowers are native to North America. Domestication began in the region that is now located in Mexico and the southern parts of the United States. Domestic sunflower seeds dating from 2100 BCE have been discovered in Mexico. Sunflowers were used as a crop by Native Americans from Mexico to southern Canada. Explorers brought the first crop strains to Europe from America in the 16th century.
Here are some creative uses of the lovely yellow blooms.
- Beautiful flower arrangements and centrepieces
It has to be on the top of the list because arranging flowers at home is a great exercise to maintain a positive environment in any house. Sunflowers make beautiful but inexpensive centrepieces when chopped down to fit in the vases.
- Sunflower tea
Floral teas from rose and marigold are very popular these days. Sunflower petals are dried and used in herbal drinks, making it advisable by many herbalists. Even the petals contain nutrients and can help the everyday tea taste better.
- Sunflowers for skincare
The beautiful yellow blossoms – sunflowers – are packed for nutrition in various aspects. The seeds increase the nutritional value of DIY body scrubs. They have vitamin E and antioxidants, which are beneficial to the skin. The seeds should be washed and crushed before being used in any sugar scrub or other recipes. Adding a few drops of vanilla extract or cinnamon is also a great idea for a spa experience at home.
- Roasting the seeds for a variety of uses
Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin and mineral content. They can be seasoned and roasted in multiple ways, making them suitable for snacking or salad topping. The roasted seeds can also be used in baking in sweet and savoury recipes. If someone is a sucker for sweets they can even eat sunflower seeds that have been dipped in chocolate.
One can add a lot of interest to their yard while attracting pollinators by planting sunflowers. Sunflowers may give height to the landscape because they grow tall. As a result, they can even be used for some privacy during the summer months.