6 Amazing Benefits Of Sesame Oil
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.
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.
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