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Sesame oil, a treasure in Ayurveda

What is sesame oil?

Sesame, a symbol of fertility in China and a symbol of purification in India, is the source of an oil with infinite virtues.

Sesame oil is a frequently used oil in Ayurveda, especially during various therapeutic treatments. This oil is heavy, greasy and warm in nature. Therefore, it is very beneficial in relieving VATA imbalances.

When we talk about Vata imbalances, here we are mainly referring to dry skin, joint pain, dry and damaged hair, as well as stress and fatigue . This oil, very moisturizing, has the property of being able to penetrate the 7 levels of the skin and also to be able to nourish the bones and nerves.

What are the benefits of sesame oil?

Sesame oil has so many benefits that it would be unfortunate to go without it. It is a powerful cosmetic ally: its virtues for skin and hair are incredible.

sesame oil for skin

Organic sesame oil is revitalizing and regenerating. It is the best friend of dry and irritated skin, it restores the luminosity of the skin. It is recommended for babies who have irritation on the buttocks, under the armpits and in the folds of the neck.

This oil is an excellent antioxidant and helps fight against the early appearance of wrinkles and the aging of skin cell tissues. It also helps treat various skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis or minor burns and stretch marks.

It can be applied on the skin. If you want even more amazing results, feel free to mix it with other oils, such as argan oil or sweet almond oil.

sesame oil for hair

You can use sesame oil for an oil bath for your hair. As it is rich in fatty acids, the oil hydrates, repairs and nourishes dull and dry hair. You can also treat your hair damaged by the sun, beach, pool or coloring, with organic sesame oil. The latter also helps fight against hair loss by increasing blood microcirculation; or to eliminate dandruff and lice.

How to use sesame oil to treat hair?

  • Cover the hair with an emphasis on the ends with the special cosmetic organic sesame oil.
  • Cover hair with a warm towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse well in lukewarm water and air dry.

Other benefits of sesame oil

Sesame oil is not just a cosmetic asset. Its benefits for the health of the body are not left out. In fact, this vegetable oil allows:

  • Treat cough.
  • Fight against cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer.
  • Fight against cardiovascular diseases: the oil eliminates bad cholesterol and helps keep blood pressure low.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene through mouthwash.
  • Fight against constipation.
  • Fight against memory disorders.
  • Reduce joint and muscle pain through massage.

What is sesame oil made of?

Coming from an oleaginous plant, sesame oil is rich in fatty acids.

In addition to fatty acids, sesame oil also contains approximately 2% unsaponifiables:

  • Vitamins E and B.
  • Lecithin.
  • Selenium.
  • Phytosterol...

However, it should be noted that its production conditions play a role in the composition of the oil. If you want to get the most out of it, it is recommended to choose a cold-pressed extra virgin oil.

Benefits of consuming sesame vegetable oil

  • Regulates appetite.
  • Relieves constipation.
  • Fight diabetes.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Eliminates digestive disorders, including hyperacidity and dyspepsia.
  • Eliminate bad cholesterol.
  • Cures liver problems.

Ayurveda treatments with sesame oil

For people who have a sleep disorder related to stress and anxiety, they can receive a specific treatment called Shirodhara where sesame oil will be poured on the forehead. This treatment allows a deep relaxation of the mind.

The regenerative and toning properties of this oil are also very beneficial. during a full body Abhyanga massage. Therefore, the skin and joints can be deeply nourished from the minerals contained in sesame oil.

For more specific back pain, Ayurveda also uses this oil during a particular treatment, Katti Basti . Sesame oil that has great heating and penetrating qualities, strengthens the bone tissues of the lower back and allows relaxation of all the muscles along the spine.

Finally, sesame oil is also used during a treatment called Karna Purna in order to relieve earaches, headaches and insomnia.

What are the precautions for using sesame oil?

Do not confuse cosmetic sesame oil and edible sesame oil . The first corresponds to the oil obtained during the first cold pressing, while the second comes from roasting the seeds.

This vegetable oil can be stored away from light, heat, and air for up to 18 months.

Sesame oil should be avoided during pregnancy and its use in cooking is prohibited for children.

For the use of sesame oil at home, it is necessary to heat the oil and then allow it to cool.

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