The sesame plant is a leafy shrub with pinkish-white flowers. It requires several months of hot sunshine to ripen the seedpods, which yield the oil-laden seeds. This is the most widely used oil in India, particularly in the west, and one of the oldest seed oils known to mankind. The sesame plant was cultivated 4000 years ago in Mesopotamia, an area of the world located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, most of which is now Iraq. It is widely grown in tropical regions of Africa, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The seeds are rich in calcium, potassium, manganese and copper, and contain Vitamin B1 and Vitamin E. They also contain powerful antioxidants called lignans, which are said to help prevent cancers, as well as phytosterols, which block cholesterol production.
Benefits And Uses of Sesame Oil Head Massage Oil Photo Gallery
Sesame oil – particularly oil extracted from black sesame seeds – is highly recommended within Ayurvedic medicine and is one of the most popular oils in India for therapeutic use. It is light and easily absorbed with little aroma,
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Sesame oil is traditionally used in summer for its sun-screening properties making it ideal for all forms of massage. Toasted sesame oil used in stir-fry cooking, which has a strong aroma, is not suitable for therapeutic use. Ayurveda views sesame oil as the most beneficial for treating dry skin and other health problems associated with excess vata. It is said to slow down premature ageing and greying of the hair and to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, calming nerves, and reducing muscular aches, pains, swelling and stiffness. A few drops massaged into the soles of the feet at night can promote sleep. Sesame oil is traditionally used in summer as it offers some protection from UV rays. Avoid in cases of nut allergy.
Gina discovered that besides its benefits in Indian Head Massage, sesame oil has many therapeutic uses.
During a recent Indian Head Massage class, the use of oils was discussed. I was fascinated by the many therapeutic uses of sesame oil and eager to find out more. I searched the internet and found information about the use of sesame oil to treat bleeding gums. I have recently been suffering with bleeding gums so I followed these instructions:
Swish about 15mls of sesame oil around the mouth for 10-15 minutes or until the golden oil turns white.
The reason it turns white is because it has drawn out toxins, so try not to swallow any.
Spit out the now white oil, rinse your mouth with warm water and brush teeth as normal.
Do this morning and evening.
I have only been doing this for a few days and find it incredible. My gums have stopped bleeding. Apparently it whitens teeth as well! You must use organic, cold-pressed sesame oil and store it in a dark glass bottle, as light can ruin the quality.’
Other oils used in the West