Sunday, September 23, 2012

Native Plant Medicine: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Head displaying florets in spirals
of 34 and 55 around the outside
(Image: Wikipedia)
Native Plant Medicine: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

In the ancient teachings of Native Americans, a Cherokee elder was quoted as saying:
"It [sacred teaching] is alive in every cell of our body and every living and non-living thing we see here on Mother Earth."
This was the notion of East Medicine and was known as the spirit connection to the otherworld. This was also the beginning, and focused on the viability of the heart and the energy within the body relative to the Universal circle, the environment of our lives. In purpose, it was the old wisdom where the covenant with Earth was made, one to protect Mother Earth, and one to help all living things.

Again, and quoting from G. T. Garrett in his book, The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions," "the East was considered an "open door," the direction we are born into this life to meet the Sun. Conversely, the West, the direction of death and passing from this world to the otherworld of our ancestors, was considered the "back door," with the spirit guides as the gatekeepers to the "darkened land." The sacred teachings taught us that life and death were experiences of the spirit moving through a doorway or portal, from which we continue our journey."
"Common sunflower, or a ga li ha, is a sacred plant that appears in many Indian myths and stories. Sunflower has a special place in Indian Medicine. The seeds were used for treating the pain that females experience with menstrual cycle; it was thought to help due to the Sun having a daily cycle, which keeps us warm and helps to grow food and medicinal plants. Men ate the seeds for "strength in love," said an elder; sunflower seeds are a good source of arginine, which helps boost sperm count.
   The plant contains one of the best sources of phenylalamine, helpful in the control of pain, and is a rich source of vitamin E. An earlier formula combined it with peppermint and thyme for "soothing relief of the druthers and life's daily pain." Sunflower oil is used in cooking and as a dietary supplement, as well as an oil for smooth skin and massage. Sunflower is a member of the Aster or Composite family."
 No medicinal properties are listed at Wikipedia, but they did notice that the plant is indeed sacred.
"What is usually called the "flower" on a mature sunflower is actually a "flower head" (also known as a "composite flower") of numerous florets (small flowers) crowded together. The outer petal-bearing florets are the sterile florets and can be yellow, red, orange, or other colors. The florets inside the circular head are called disc florets, which mature into seeds.

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The flower petals within the sunflower's cluster are usually in a a spiral pattern. Generally, each floret is oriented toward the next by approximately the golden angle, 137.5°, producing a pattern of interconnecting spirals, where the number of left spirals and the number of right spirals are successive Fibonacci numbers. Typically, there are 34 spirals in one direction and 55 in the other; on a very large sunflower there could be 89 in one direction and 144 in the other.[1][2][3] This pattern produces the most efficient packing of seeds within the flower head.[4][5][6]

Sunflowers commonly grow to heights between 1.5 and 3.5 m (5–12 ft). The tallest sunflower confirmed by Guinness World Records is 8.0 m (2009, Germany); surpassing the previous record of 7.8 m (1986, Netherlands). In 16th century Europe the record was 7.3 m (24 ft, Spain).[7] Most cultivars are variants of H. annuus, but four other species (all perennials) are also domesticated. This includes H. tuberosus, the Jerusalem Artichoke, which produces edible tubers.

History

The evidence thus far is that the sunflower was first domesticated in what is now the southeastern US, roughly 5000 years ago.,[11] and possibly introduced into Mexico at an early date, as other crops such as maize were exchanged. The earliest known examples of a fully domesticated sunflower have been found in Tennessee, and date to around 2300 BC[citation needed]. Many indigenous American peoples used the sunflower as the symbol of their solar deity, including the Aztecs and the Otomi of Mexico and the Incas in South America.

The first European to encounter the sunflower was Francisco Pizarro in Tahuantinsuyo, Peru. Gold images of the flower, as well as seeds, were taken back to Spain early in the 16th century. Of the four plants known to have been domesticated in what is now the continental United States [12] to have become an important agricultural commodity, sunflower is currently the most economically important.

During the 18th century, the use of sunflower oil became very popular in Russia, particularly with members of the Russian Orthodox Church, because sunflower oil was one of the few oils that was allowed during Lent, according to some fasting traditions."
Sunflower is a heavily grown plant in many areas of the world, a phytomediator for the soil bringing stimulant along, and known to grow best when planted in rows that align with the axis of Mother Earth. The strange pith in the stalk when alive is the lightest known, while dry, becomes hard as rock.
"It forms one of the well-known crops in Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, India, Manchuria and Japan. The average acre will produce about 50 bushels of merchantable seeds, and each bushel yields approximately 1 gallon of oil, for which there is a whole series of important uses.

The oil is produced mainly in Russia, but to an increasing extent also in Roumania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland. In 1913 some 180,000 tons of oil were produced, practically all of which was consumed locally.

The oil pressed from the seeds is of a citron yellow colour and a sweet taste and is considered equal to olive oil or almond oil for table use. The resulting oil-cake when warm pressed, yields a less valuable oil which is used largely for technical purposes, such as soap-making, candle-making and in the art of wool-dressing. As a drying oil for mixing paint, it is equal to linseed oil and is unrivalled as a lubricant.

The residue after the oil is expressed forms an important cattle-food. This oil-cake is relished by sheep, pigs, pigeons, rabbits and poultry.

The seed makes excellent chicken-food and feeding fowls on bruised Sunflower seeds is well known to increase their laying power. ( Caution soul stimulation transference )

The seeds of the large-seeded varieties are also much liked by Russians and are sold in the street as are chestnuts in this country. Big bowls of Sunflower seeds are to be seen in the restaurants of railway stations, for people to eat. Indian natives are also fond of the seeds.

Roasted in the same manner as coffee, they make an agreeable drink, and the seeds have been used in Portugal and Russia to make a wholesome and nutritious bread.

The pith of the sunflower stalk is the lightest substance known; its specific gravity is 0.028, while that of the Elder is 0.09 and of Cork 0.24. The discovery of the extreme lightness of the pith of the stalk has essentially increased the commercial value of the plant. This light cellular substance is now carefully removed from the stalks and applied to a good many important uses, chiefly in the making of life-saving appliances. The pith has been recommended for moxa, owing to the nitre its contains" ( my emphasis Source
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Sunflower seeds behold amazing properties, but the use of the oil may need caution when heating.
"Researchers have known for some time that nuts and seeds are rich sources of phytosterols, a class of plant chemicals that have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and improve heart health. In what is believed to be the most comprehensive analysis to date of the phytosterol content of nuts and seeds, chemists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., analyzed some 27 nut and seed products and found that pistachios and sunflower kernels had the highest levels of phytosterols among the nuts and seeds that are most commonly consumed as snack foods in the United States. Their study appears in the Nov. 30 issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry." Source
"While all of the wealth of nutrients found in sunflower seeds contributes to nerve health, sunflower seeds are particularly rich in key nutrients that have a direct impact on alleviating depression. Their high levels of magnesium counterbalance calcium, helping to regulate nerve function. And the substantial content of the amino acid, tryptophan, enhances serotonin production and thus improves mood." Source
It may seem apparent that this sacred plant being a phytomediator, is also capable of transferring properties from other substances that it comes into contact with.
Food containers used for dairy products and sunflower oil are responsible for the migration of mineral hydrocarbons into foods. - GreenMedInfo Summary 
However, the mind is the warrior, and this amazing property can easily be turned around in what is called "oil pulling," a technique that is described as follows for a specific commonality with sesame seeds:
"Used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is an Indian remedy used primarily to enhance oral health and cleanse the body. Thankfully, the process of oil pulling is actually quite simple, harmless, and very inexpensive. Simply take one tablespoon of a pure, organic oil and swish it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Move the oil around your mouth through sipping, sucking, and essentially pulling through your teeth. After rinsing, spit out the oil, thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water, and consume 2-3 glasses of water (purified if possible)."

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"While some individuals have had some success by using oils such as coconut and olive, the most popular and effective oils by far to use for oil pulling are sesame and sunflower." Source
When searching medicinal properties, one can find quite a bit of valuable information which will help us decode the drilling well notion that is becoming apparent.
"Sunflower seeds are considered to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant properties. They can help reducing the symptoms of asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and help in cases of bronchial, pulmonary and laryngeal problems. They can be applied as an addition to therapy of colon cancer, high blood pressure and migraine headaches. Due to their magnesium content, Sunflower seeds can also act as prevention against heart attacks and strokes. Sunflower leaves can be used as an infusion to treat high fevers, lung problems and diarrhea. As a poultice, Sunflower root is used against snake and spider bites." Source
Many various stories exist surrounding the mythology of the sunflower and its origin in naming. The Cherokee also talked of this naming and its relationship. It is said in one story that the sunflower came from Anthoteknon after Disocuri spilled ambrosia on his grave and he arose as a sunflower.

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In another Native American Indian legend, salmon when caught were always laid upon the stems and leaves of the sunflower plant. This may have something to do with the pulling which may also have been interpreted as some kind of doorway as mentioned earlier. After searching Theoi.com nothing is found on the sunflower mythology, which seems a bit vague. However, there is some correlation to an Oceanid Nympth of the Heliotrope flower in the sense of the archaic CLY′TIE (Kluti√™), the name of three mythical personages.

Although vague, and already apparently not completely understood, the heliotropic misconception where the face of the flower is known to turn may be associated with the mythical element, it seems more apparent to the pulling structuring, and this may be the notion that allopathic medicine has used to drag your oil monitor or spiritual signal if you may perceive of this notion.

The current notion in relation to cholesterol is that it is all good, and the pulling has simply become a ploy to sell people more drugs and increase profits at the behest of human indignity.

Mythology and etymology come together botanically in the doublets and triplets surveyed in abundant writings at both ends of the alphabetical sequence where often three feminine stigmas have various mythological arguments that determine other structures.

There is also the electromagnetic spectrum that's involved in various relationships primarily microwaves as an additional form of pulling which above this is radio. When looking at the sun, (of course with your eyes closed), the predominant color may be called infrared.

You may feel these elements in the EM by examining root etymology where a wonderful description is given that describes the upper portion of the EM in terms of convergence, and the ultraviolet as a warning in the mythology chosen which was Poseidon, and the particular roots wer1 through wer5. In this particular case, this is a representation of the aura of naming and vested in the middle is the eagle, and master of vision.

The journey of the spirit connection is specific in etymology and also described in an ergonomic fashion in relation to energy from the Sun as presented in this sacred flower and the correlated teachings.

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