Not only is Sesame oil a popular edible oil that adds a rich nutty flavour to many dishes it also has a ton of health benefits if used properly and in moderation. Sesame oil is commonly used as a food ingredient, condiment and its also known for its medicinal benefits. The sesame plant has been cultivated for thousands of years and is said to be the world’s oldest plant used as an oil. Ancient Egyptians used it for pain as early as 1500BC and also in China. Its been used in food, medicine and ink for more than 3,000 years. In ancient times sesame was valued for its medicinal uses above all. It is believed to be an elixir to extend youth and enhance beauty.
Sesame oil is the base for about 90% of the herbal oils in Ayurvedic Medicine. The oil is renowned for its ability to strengthen and detoxify the body and ensure proper functioning of all your vital organs. Today Sesame oil is a common component of skin and massage oils, hair care products, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes and sunscreens. Sesame oil has great moisturizing, soothing and emollient qualities.
If I am not using Sesame oil in my cooking I have a few other ways that I use Sesame oil in my everyday life.
- Skin Moisturizer- Apply it to your skin to keep it soft and smooth and also helps prevent wrinkles from forming. You can even add it to your bath water to help treat your cracked heels, knees and elbows. Sesame oil also helps sooth burns and prevents skin related disorders.
- Skin Detoxifier- Oil soluble toxins are said to be attracted to Sesame oil molecules. Apply the oil to your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off. This oil also helps boost your scalp and hair health. Because of my curls and the different products I put in it my hair it really dries out easily. I massage the oil into my scalp and hair and it honestly adds a beautiful shine and keeps it strong. This will also help relieve dry scalp, dandruff and hair loss.
- Great for High Protein Vegetarian Diets- Sesame seeds offer 4.7 grams of protein/ounce giving them a perfect place in a high protein diet.
- Acne Fighter- Sesame oil is a great fighter of acne due to its oil pulling properties. Just take a little bit on your hands and rub into your face especially around the nose creases
- Helps with Chronic Sinusitis and Strep Throat- Use this as a nose drop and sniff back into your sinuses. Sesame oil has cured chronic sinusitis and also if you use as a throat gargle it helps kill strep and other common cold bacteria’s.
- Use as a Mouth Wash- When you use Sesame oil as a mouthwash it kills 85% of the bacteria that causes gingivitis.
- Helps with Skin Disorders- When used daily, sesame oil helps in the treatment of Psorisis and Eczema.
Sesame seeds also contain an anti-cancer compound called Phytate and the Magnesium contained in sesame oil will not only improve the taste of your dishes but it also harness anti-cancer properties. In studies it showed that coloretoral tumors can decrease by 13% and the risks of colorectal cancer decreased by 12% for every 100mg of magnesium taken in.