Sesame is a rich, nutty edible oil that is cold-pressed from the seeds of the sesame plant (Sesamum indicum) and has a variety of health benefits.
This oil is rich in copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, vitamin E and B vitamins, and the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and palmitic acids. It is also a source of the anti-oxidants sesamol, sesamolin, and sesamin.
When taken internally sesame oil may lower the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels and lowering oxidative damage.
Sesame oil is a great anti-inflammatory and hydrating skin oil that is easily absorbed and can keep the skin supple while treating dry skin, wrinkles, and signs of aging, scars and sun damage.
Directions for use
Sesame oil can be taken internally by drizzling it over food, or by taking 1 teaspoon per day as a supplement.
Use sesame oil as a skin moisturizer by applying it into the skin after a warm shower or bath and allowing it to be completely absorbed. It can also be massaged into the hair and scalp as a natural hydrating hair treatment.
Sesame oil is commonly used by itself as a massage oil, or as a carrier oil to dilute essential oils.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.