Sesame Oil is known as the “Queen of Oils” and has been used for centuries throughout Asia. It was even mentioned in the Vedas, (the Vedas is a large body of texts originating in ancient India) and has been used extensively in India as a healing oil, often recommended by Ayurvedic doctors and prescribed to people who have Vata doshas.
One of the first oil seeds known to humankind, sesame seeds have been widely employed in culinary as well as traditional medicines for their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. Sesame are an important sources of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber. The sesame plant requires well-drained sandy soil and tropical environment to flourish. It grows about 5 feet in height and bears plenty of pink-white foxglove type flowers. The pods appear soon, containing white, brown, or black seeds depending upon the cultivar type.
Sesame oil is used internally, externally as a massage oil, and in cooking as it’s distinctive flavour works perfectly in Asian dishes. The oil is extracted from the dried seeds and is incredibly long lasting and one of the few oils that doesn’t go rancid. Sesame seeds have been used for over 5000 years in many cultures as they have a fabulous nutritional profile, along with their capabilities in fighting, preventing, and reversing illness and disease. The seeds are packed with nutrients and especially high in copper, manganese, calcium, and magnesium.
Sesame seeds are great for your skin as they are very high in zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders. They are great for anyone on a High-Protein Vegetarian Diet as the seeds contain 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.
Sesame oil helps prevent diabetes, thanks to magnesium and other nutrients. Sesame seeds, and especially sesame oil, has been shown to combat diabetes, lower blood pressure and have the anti-inflammatory compound sesamol which helps keep your heart healthy.
The oils works beautifully in Asian cuisine, whether it be a Malaysian curry or an Indian dahl. It makes a beautiful salad dressing when mixed with soy sauce and a rich and nourishing massage oil when used on the skin. Time to open up to the Sesame!
Improve the health of hair
It can increase skin elasticity and smoothness helping to reduce the appearance of age spots and eliminate skin conditions including premature aging.
Can also be used as a sunscreen
Keep the cardiovascular system balanced and keeps cholesterol levels low
Help increase the rate of bone growth and development as well as speed up any healing
Help boost mood with enzymes and hormones to feel happy