Sesame oil is a natural, plant-based product derived from sesame seeds. There are two types of sesame seeds, viz, black, and white. The only difference between the two types is that black sesame contains more calcium than white. Sesame is native to the Indian subcontinent and contains the highest amount of oil compared to other nuts and seeds.
Sesame oil contains linoleic acid, oleic acid, and stearic acid and is rich in fat-soluble vitamins E and K. It also contains magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, Vitamin B6, and zinc. The extraction process of sesame oil:
It is made with two methods, first is cold-pressed which yields the most natural, virgin type of oil. This is more nutrient-rich and retains the original flavor and aroma of sesame. The other method is used by the application of heat by grinding, flaking, and using mechanical pressure to extract oil.
Ayurvedic properties and therapeutic use:
Sesame is known as Til in Sanskrit and Ayurvedic pharmacology is incomplete without it. Its botanical name is Sesamum Indicum Linn. As per Ayurveda, it is Ushna (hot in nature), balances aggravated Vata Dosha but increases Pitta if used in excess.
Health Benefits Of Sesame Oil:
There are many traditional uses of black sesame seeds, such as Ayurvedic herbal remedies. The Health Benefits of sesame oil are as follows:
- Oral health – It is antibacterial and is used to relieve toothache when infused with clove. It is also used for oil pulling.
- Musculoskeletal health– Hence, it is used to massage the body (Abhyanga) and to make various pain-relieving liniments for local use for arthritis, back pain, etc. It is the best pacifier for Vata Dosha.
- Sesame oil is also used for local application for head massage to improve blood circulation and quality of sleep.
- It is used as medicated oil enema for Panchakarma procedure known as Basti, which is the best treatment of Vata.
- It improves the texture of skin and hair as well as strength when used regularly, especially in the winter season.
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