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6 Amazing Benefits Of Sesame Oil

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Sesame Oil

Sesame oil or Gingelly oil is very widely used; in fact, the most used oil in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used internally, externally, over eyes, on the head, as a massage oil, as a dental oil etc because of its extreme benefits to health.

Sesame oil is rich in many vitamins and minerals, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.

These nutrients give sesame oil its many health-giving properties. I list below 6 amazing health benefits of sesame oil which most of us can benefit from.

Sesame Oil And Weight Loss

Sesame oil helps in weight loss. However, to compensate for the higher intake of calories from sesame oil, calorie intake from other food sources will have to be reduced so that the overall calorie consumption does not exceed the daily suggested requirement. The best way to take in fewer calories is to reduce portion sizes and food intake rather than dieting.

Also, massaging the body with sesame oil for 15 to 30 minutes each day, in a warm room and then sitting in the moderate sun till one sweats and feels a bit warm. The head can be covered with a hat. Once in the shade, rest for about 10 minutes and then take a warm bath.

Sesame Oil For High Blood Pressure

Sesame And Blood Pressure

Consumption of sesame oil has been found to lower high blood pressure. However, if it is consumed with this reason in mind, it should be the only source of cooking oil or should be used frequently in the majority of your cooking. Sesame oil is very stable even at very high temperature. It also aids in lowering cholesterol and obesity, which again is helpful in lowering blood pressure.

The Vitamin E, magnesium and sesamin in sesame oil are supposed to cause the lowering of BP.

A study was done at Annamalai University in India in high blood pressure patients. Sesame oil was the only source of cooking oil. In 3 weeks the blood pressure started to drop and in 45 days it was at normal levels. During this study, the patients' blood pressure medicines were stopped.

Sesame Oil For Massage And Pain Relief

Sesame oil is absorbed by the skin easily. It is therefore known as the Queen of oils. It penetrates right down from the tissues to the bone marrow. It also circulates via the blood. Even the liver sees sesame oil molecules as friendly.

The oil attracts and binds the oil-soluble toxins which can then be removed by washing the skin with hot water.

Massage the oil on the long limbs by using up and down motion while using circular motions on the joints.

Sesame Oil For The Face

Not all oil is bad for the facial skin; at least, sesame oil is not. In fact, it is good for the skin, also facial skin. Especially for adolescents and teens. It controls eruptions and neutralizes the toxins on the skin and in the pores.

Sesame oil keeps the skin soft and supple. It also helps to tighten the facial skin and also checks the enlargements of the skin pores due to ageing.

Sesame Oil And Acne

Sesame Oil For Hair

Sesame oil benefits hair in many ways, namely:

  • It is an excellent nourisher to treat dry scalp. It controls dryness and scaly scalp.
  • It penetrates the scaly easily. A warm oil massage with sesame oil improves blood circulation and promotes hair growth.
  • The antibacterial and antifungal activity clears scalp infection and dandruff.
  • Sesame oil makes hair softer and better manageable.
  • Head massage with sesame oil cools the head, alleviates stress and stops hair fall.
  • It prevents the damaging effects of sun's UV rays and atmospheric pollution.
  • Sesame oil can be mixed with olive oil or almond oil to increase its beneficial effects.
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The best way to use sesame oil is to slightly warm the oil and then applying it to the scalp with circular motions. After a massage, the head should be wrapped with a hot towel- the towel should be dipped in hot water and then wrung before tying it on the head. Keep it on for 30 minutes. Leave the oil on overnight and wash the following morning.

Sesame And Cholesterol

The high levels of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids and the lignans reduces cholesterol. Also, it is low in unhealthy saturated fats. The sesamol and sesamin components of this oil are wonderful antioxidants.

All these components reduce cholesterol levels both the total and the LDL cholesterol levels.

Sesame Oil For Hair

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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


zeba sultan on January 13, 2014:

wanna know is diz effective for face to reduce fat loss???? if yes, then temme d procedure of using it.... :)

kiran aditya on October 29, 2013:

Dear ranjan, kindly help me i am suffering from tinitus ( sound in left ear ) by using sesame oil can cure, please reply asap.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 26, 2013:

Glad you have used sesame oil for massage. It works great as an oil for oil pulling. Thanks for stopping by.

Rosemary Cole from Cape Town, South Africa on June 26, 2013:

Thanks, I used it for massage, but will remember to use it in the mouth as well. I love that it gets down to the bone whilst massaging.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 18, 2013:

Thanks celeste for reading and commenting.

Celeste Wilson on April 17, 2013:

I find it very interesting that Sesame Oil can help with hair regrowth. I am definitely going to give it a try. Many thanks for a great hub Rajan. Voted interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 18, 2013:

Thanks super8. Appreciate your visit.

super8 on January 18, 2013:

great information!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 14, 2013:

Hi Harsha,

Wish you too a very happy Makar Sankranti. I totally agree with you,we have a penchant to relate foods specifically to the different festivals even by the climate the festivals happen to come in. Our forefathers were indeed very wise.

Thanks for reading this hub.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on January 14, 2013:

Rajan, happy Makar Sankranthi greetings to you!

Sesame seeds are the most important for this festival. How nice that Indians integrated all valuable food items in different festival foods too!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 14, 2013:

@ Devika - Thanks for visiting.

@ Cynthia - Good that you use this healthy oil for cooking. Thanks for coming by.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on January 12, 2013:

Great piece about sesame oil. In addition to all of it's many benefits, I find the smell and flavor to be wonderful when cooking. Thanks for such helpful and useful information.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 12, 2013:

Brilliant information and such a helpful oil thanks for this information

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 06, 2013:

Hi L.L,

Glad you found this inspiring enough. Thanks for voting and sharing. Much appreciated.

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on January 04, 2013:

Appreciate this information on the healthful properties of sesame oil. I've usually used almond oil for massage, but will be mixing it with sesame oil in the future, followed by a nice hot shower.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 20, 2012:

I'm not aware of any brand of hair that has Sesame oil as its base, Harsha.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on November 17, 2012:

Rajan, a query.

In India, do we have any commercial hair-oils based on Sesame oil? Also do Ayurvedic products have similar hair-oils?

Thank you again, for the valuable information spread

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 17, 2012:

@ Peggy - Yes Sesame oil taste is one thing one has to contend with when using it but one gets used to it after a while as we do with all things, don't we? Glad you like the info and thanks for sharing.

@ vespawoolf - I'm glad you have been motivated to use it for other purposes as well. In South India, we use Coconut oil and Sesame oil as cooking oils. Thanks for coming by.

@ Cheryl - I wish you well and I'm glad you appreciate the info. Thanks.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 16, 2012:

Thanks for sharing the valuable health benefits of Sesame Oil. I have high blood pressure and I plan to purchase Sesame Oil and start using it. Very informative videos. A great hub.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 16, 2012:

I've used sesame oil for the skin, but I had not idea about the antibacterial properties and that it nourishes the scalp. You've inspired me to stock up on sesame oil! Thanks so much for this useful hub.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2012:

This was very interesting about all the health benefits of using sesame oil. If one used it solely for cooking it would probably flavor everything with sesame which may or may not be desirable. But if it truly brings down blood pressure that quickly...for those with high blood pressure it would surely be worth a try. Up votes and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 12, 2012:

Thanks for visiting Devika. Appreciate your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 08, 2012:

Thanks for the helpful information you have very useful Hubs

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2012:

It is always good to go natural as far as possible, Brenda. It makes staying healthy easier. I'm glad you appreciate these health hubs of mine. Always a pleasure to see you. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on October 30, 2012:

I love the taste of sesame oil but had no idea it had all these healthful properties. I shall begin using sesame oil. Thanks for the information. I am dedicated to healthy eating and utilizing natural ingredients instead of chemical substitutes. Thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 21, 2012:

toknowinfo, glad you like the info. Thanks for visiting.

toknowinfo on October 21, 2012:

I had no idea sesame oil had so many benefits. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub and great info.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 21, 2012:

@ Harsha - Sesame oil is very good for the nervous system . You can massage the head with this for benefit. Thanks for reading.

@ Gypsy - I'm glad you like the info, Rasma. Thanks for reading and passing it on.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 21, 2012:

Thanks so much for this interesting and informative hub. Sesame Oil sounds good to me. Passing this on.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on October 20, 2012:

Rajan, a query.

Is Sesame oil beneficial for nervous system? By massaging on head region and keeping overnight ?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 20, 2012:

@ Eiddwen - thanks for reading and commenting.

@ CyberShelley - thanks for appreciating and voting. Appreciate your visit.

@ alocsin - The unrefined oil can be used for cooking while the semi refined for cooking as well as deep frying. Though the oil lacks the cruch it packs the punch to deal with many health problems.

Thanks for the read and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 20, 2012:

Can you use sesame oil for cooking? Never thought to look for this in the store, but it might be a worthwhile purchase, since I do enjoy the seed variety. But the oil lacks the satisfactory crunch. Voting this Up and Useful.

Shelley Watson on October 20, 2012:

Amazing oil, I am so glad you once again gave us the benefit of your knowledge. Up, interesting, beautiful and useful.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 20, 2012:

So very useful rajan and thanks you for sharing.


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 19, 2012:

Hi Maria,

Thanks for such kinds words and all the votes. I really appreciate your visit and comments. Have a fine weekend.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 19, 2012:

Hi Dora, I'm glad you liked the video and the info. Glad you came by and thanks for the votes. Have a great weekend.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 19, 2012:

Hi Bill,

I'm glad you find the info useful. Many thanks for being here. I hope you too have a wonderful weekend.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 19, 2012:

I learned a lot in this installment, Rajan.

Thanks for the thorough care you place into organizing this valuable information. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 19, 2012:

Thanks for all this good information on sesame oil. The Black Sesame video was very eye-opening. So much of that I didn't know. Voted Up, Useful and Interesting!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 19, 2012:

You always do the greatest job of research, and your information is always useful and interesting. I of course knew about sesame oil, but I was not aware of all the great benefits. Thank you for this, and have a great weekend.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 19, 2012:

@ alifeofdesign - Graham, thanks for sparing time to read and leave your input. Glad to see you.

@ Carol - Thanks and glad this hub came at just the right time for you. Thanks for appreciating, voting and passing it on. Always a pleasure to see you.

carol stanley from Arizona on October 19, 2012:

A reminder I ran out of sesame seed oil. We usually use it all of the time. I am so glad to find out all these benefits and of course we love the taste. Thanks for this hub as I now feel healthier just reading it. As always you present a clear and complete piece on what you write. Voted up and sharing.

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on October 19, 2012:

Great article with lots of helpful information, rajan jolly. We've been enjoying sesame oil for years for both cooking and beauty-benefits-love it!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 19, 2012:

Thanks Harsha. And thanks for being a regular reader.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on October 19, 2012:

Thanks Rajan, for the spread of awareness. Most are not known to general public especially in South India!

Voted up!

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