Sesame oil is versatile and extremely healthy. In traditional Indian medicine, they use it as a massage oil and medicine. Its name can often be seen on the labels of cosmetic products.
Learn how you can help yourself with sesame oil and why it’s good to include it in the diet from time to time, or to use it in cosmetic treatments.
Sesame oil is very similar to olive oil, but more stable due to many antioxidants it contains. It is compressed from the Indian sesame – annual herbaceous plants with colors of the flowers ranging from white to red wine. It is characterized by seed the size of two millimeters, which contain a lot of fat, protein and carbohydrates. On the other hand, the oil contains a lot of amino acids, and various vitamins (A, B, E) and minerals (magnesium, calcium, phosphorus). The highest quality sesame oil is cold pressed.
The healing properties of sesame oil
In folk medicine, sesame oil is used for the prevention or alleviation of various kinds of problems, such as:
- high blood pressure
- pain in the joints
- acne-prone skin
- menstrual problems
- digestive problems and
- intestinal parasites
Very tasty, sesame oil can be used in various ways in the kitchen – such as dressing for a wide variety of salads, preparation of cold dishes, cooking, baking, frying and preparation of Chinese food in a wok.
Home beauty treatments
Sesame oil in the cosmetics industry is a common ingredient in shampoos and hair oils, anti-dandruff shampoos, sun protection creams, soaps, regenerators, etc.
Why sesame oil is so often used in cosmetics?
Sesame oil contains a lot of antioxidants (including vitamin E), which protect the cells and slow the aging process, and lecithin, which softens the skin and hair and accelerates their regeneration.
In addition, the antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of the sesame oil are also very good for acne. You can put some sesame oil on the facial skin an leave it overnight or you can use it before bedtime. For a fast detox treatment, just add two or three teaspoons of the oil to the bath.
It is extremely suitable for dry hair. Heat a teaspoon of sesame oil with your hands, and gently massage it onto your hair, let it stay for a half an hour and rinse with shampoo.
Sesame oil can also be used to soften the skin on the feet. One hour before you go under the shower, lubricate your feet and wear pair of socks.