Sesame oil comes from sesame seeds and is often used as a cooking or massage oil. However, it is known as popular folk remedy, and, its healthy properties may be part of the reason for its success as a medicinal remedy. Sesame oil has vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that neutralizes damaging free radicals. It also contains calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, and zinc, and these vitamins and minerals help everything from bones to metabolism to enzyme function.
Internally sesame oil appears to offer many benefits. For instance, it is reported to improve blood circulation and relieve fatigue and insomnia. It may also alleviate joint dryness and act as a mild laxative to prevent constipation. Some people also claim sesame oil treats dizziness, headaches, menopausal symptoms, respiratory problems, and nasal dryness. In addition, it seems to have antibacterial properties and prevents certain types of cancer.
Topical applications of sesame oil may help certain ailments. For instance, some people claim it alleviates muscle cramps, backaches and sciatica pain. It also seems to have tranquilizing and soothing properties. In addition, when used on the skin it is considered an excellent emollient that relieves dryness, retains skin moisture, and acts as a sun screen. It is even reputed to help people with skin disorders, such as eczema or psoriasis.
One extremely popular use for sesame oil is related to hair and hair loss. When massaged into the scalp, sesame oil enhances the hair’s volume, shine, and strength. It may also aid against hair loss for a variety of reasons. First, it reduces anxiety and stress, and, second, it increases circulation, which may in turn help the scalp and the sebaceous glands. It also has immune-balancing sterols, reduces dandruff, and protects the hair from environmental damage.
If you want, you can make a sesame protein conditioner for your hair. Here’s the recipe:
Protein-Rich Sesame Conditioner
2 tablespoons coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons virgin sesame oil
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Mix ingredients together, apply, cover with a cap, and wait twenty minutes before rinsing with warm water. Then shampoo as usual.
Many people believe the best sesame oil is one that is organic and virgin, and, if you’re interested Eden Foods carries it, or you can purchase this certified organic Ayurveda-grade virgin sesame seed oil.