Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. They come from the beautiful sunflower that has rays of petals emanating from its bright yellow, seed-studded center. Folklore and magic are associated with this beautiful flower as well.
Early colonists in North America learned about the many uses of sunflowers from the Native American tribes near them. In addition to being useful as a source of yellow and orange dye for fabric, the sunflower also comes in handy medicinally – it was known for its antimalarial properties. Some people also believed that sunflower seeds were preventatives against the spread of smallpox.
In many folkloric traditions, sunflowers are seen as symbols of good luck. Planting them around your home and garden will bring fortune your way. It is also said that if you pick a sunflower at sunset, then wear it on your person, it will bring you good luck the following day.