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How Sunflowers Brighten Your Day

Updated on December 27, 2012

Flowers can brighten your day with their beautiful colors and wonderful fragrance

Sunflowers originated in the Americas around 3000 B.C. and was brought to Europe in the 1500's.
Sunflowers originated in the Americas around 3000 B.C. and was brought to Europe in the 1500's. | Source

Flower Power of the Sunflower

The properties that give the flower the ability to help with the "healing process" is often overlooked, hardly appreciated and very mysterious. I say mysterious because scientists are still having problems answering the simplest of questions about these beautiful, living wonders.
What we do know is that there are over 270,000 different species on planet Earth (that we know of) and have discovered plant fossils dating back over 145 million years ago. Plant fossils have been uncovered in Sweden, Portugal, England and along the Gulf coasts of the United States.

The sunflower is believed to have magical properties according to the North American Indians. It's been discovered that Indians living in prairies often placed bowls of sunflower seeds on the graves of their dead. It was also believed that if a girl puts three sunflower seeds down her back she'll marry the first boy she meets. The sunflower represents warmth, loyalty, nourishment and power which are all attributes of the sun.

Believe it or not, the sunflower was grown not because of its beauty, but because of its usefulness. The sunflower is the symbol of anti nuclear weapons.

Sunflowers can grow up to 15ft in height, and because of their tremendous size, the Incas would often worship the sunflower. The sunflower can produce 40% of its weight in oil and just one mature sunflower can produce up to 1000 sunflower seeds.





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      Mary Kelly Godley 4 years ago from Ireland

      I think we are losing so many valuable natural resources i.e. our plants according as our natural habitat is being destroyed to house more of us. So many potential cures for things could be found in plants that are dying out everyday. Like your article.

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      James Timothy Peters 4 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Yes, I agree. I feel that plants can cure more disease than we think, like cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

      Thank you for the comment.

      Check out my blog at http://tryjimmy.wordpress.com and read other interesting articles I chose to write about.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi James,

      Welcome to hub pages.

      I knew that sunflower seeds have many health benefits. I did not know that the sunflower is the symbol of anti nuclear weapons.

      Voted up and awesome

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      James P 4 years ago

      Thank you. I appreciate it - BIG time!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      My daughter loves sunflowers. Every year, she grows one! Just one! It is so cute and she gets so excited when it begins to tower taller than her. Thanks for writing a hub on such a beautiful (and tasty) flower!

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      James Timothy Peters 4 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Thank you for the comments. I LOVE the sunflower myself. It's a symbol of PEACEFUL POWER to me!

      Thanks again.

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