Uses of Sesame Oil
Sesame oil has been used for centuries in Asian cuisine. It also has medicinal purposes, especially in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is used as a base oil for about 90 percent of the herbal oils. In Ayurvedic therapy, sesame oil is renowned for its ability to strengthen and detoxify the body and ensure the proper functioning of all the vital organs. It’s also used in sacred and religious ceremonies.
Today, sesame oil is a common component of skin and massage oils, hair care products, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, and sunscreens. Sesame oil has great moisturizing, soothing, and emollient qualities. In aromatherapy, it is popularly used as massage oil and carrier oil for essential oils.
Here are other uses for sesame oil:
• Skin moisturizer. Apply it to your skin to keep it soft and smooth and help prevent wrinkles from forming. You can also add it to your bath water to help treat cracked heels and dry knees and elbows. Sesame oil also soothes burns and prevents skin-related disorders.
• Removes toxins from your mouth. It is traditionally recommended for oil pulling. (However, I prefer using coconut oil for this because it tastes better.)
• Natural sunscreen. Apply the oil all over your face and body. You may need to reapply it, though, as the oil is easily removed, especially after heavily perspiring or jumping into water.
• Skin detoxifier. Oil-soluble toxins are said to be attracted to sesame seed oil molecules. Apply sesame oil on your skin, leave it for 15 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.
• Boosts your scalp and hair health. Massage the oil into your scalp and hair to keep your locks strong and shiny. It also effectively relieves dry scalp, dandruff, and hair loss.
Composition of Sesame Oil
Sesame oil contains high levels of natural antioxidants called sesamol, sesamolin, and sesamin oils. Sesamin is a lignin with anti-inflammatory properties, and contains vitamin E, which helps keep your skin strong and supple. Meanwhile, sesamol possesses over two dozen beneficial pharmacologically active properties, most of which works to improve cardiovascular health.
Sesame oil contains 15 percent saturated fat, 42 percent oleic acid, and 43 percent omega-6 linoleic acid, with a composition similar to peanut oil. It is also loaded with B-complex vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and folic acid. It’s rich in amino acids that are essential in building up proteins, and minerals like iron, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, and zinc.