Why is it in George’s Dog Balm?
Organic Sunflower Oil has been touted as a perfectly balanced oil – when applied to skin, it can be effective against eczema, scarring, redness and irritation? Applied straight to the skin, sunflower oil is an incredible hydrating agent.
Sunflower seed oil is rich in linoleic acid, and has been used topically in the treatment of essential fatty-acid deficiency. These essential fatty acids can help maintain the skin barrier and decrease moisture loss, both important features in thinking about skin problems in our fur babies.
Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant in the body. Vitamin E is specifically related to improving skin health and regenerating cells. The anti-inflammatory benefits of sunflower oil for skin is evidently strong as the oil is high in Omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid along.
What is it (thanks Wikipedia)?
Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil compressed from sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seeds. Sunflower oil is commonly used in food as a frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient. The world’s largest sunflower oil producers now are Russia, Ukraine and Argentina
Sunflower oil is a monounsaturated (MUFA)/polyunsaturated (PUFA) mixture of mostly oleic acid (omega-9)-linoleic acid (omega-6) group of oils. The oil content of the seed ranges from 22 to 36% (average, 28%): the kernel contains 45–55% oil. The expressed oil is of light amber color with a mild and pleasant flavor; refined oil is pale yellow. Refining losses are low and the oil has good keeping qualities with light tendency for flavor reversion. The oil contains appreciable quantities of vitamin E, sterols, squalene, and other aliphatic hydrocarbons.