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Health Benefits of Sesame oil - Til oil

Updated on August 30, 2016

Sesame Seeds

Sesame oil is also known as gingelly oil and til oil.

Sesame oil is extracted from sesame seeds. It originates from the Sesamum indicum plant, and has a distinctive fragrant and flavor. It is used in oriental dishes.Til oil is extracted from both roasted and unroasted seeds. Til oil which is extracted from roasted seeds is little darker in colour, whereas the oil from the unroasted seeds is light in colour. Sesame oil contains essential omega-6 fatty acids, as well as other nutritious compounds, antitoxidant and antibacterial properties.

Sesame Oil in Other Languages

Hindi - Til ka tel,

Manchi Noone,

Til oil,

Kannada - Yellene oil,

Gingely Oil,

Thaia Thel in Srilanka,

Natalia Enna in Malaysia.

Ellu ennai -Malayalam and Tamil

Konkani - Teel.

In Ayurveda, it is known as Abhyanga.

Sesame oil Health Benefits

Sesame oil is mentioned in Vedas and since ancient time it is used for various purposes.

  • It is a natural anti-inflammatory and antiviral agent.
  • In India, it is extensively used as a healing agent as well as in cooking.
  • In many of the traditional households of South India, oil massage and oil bath with sesame oil, is still followed and the oil is kept on the body at least for about 20 minutes before bathing.

Various Health Benefits of Sesame Oil

  • Sesamin, a compound found in sesame oil, can help reduce hypertension, says a study conducted by Noguchi and colleagues published in the November 2001 issue of "Hypertension Research".
  • When sesame oil is applied on skin or hair it kills bacteria, and provides nourishment and alleviates dryness because of its fatty acids, including linoleic, palmitic, oleic and stearic acids and acts as emollients to protect your skin.
  • For women, if sesame oil is used on the face it tightens the skin and controls enlargement of aged pores. It protects against pimples, blemishes and dry skin.
  • According to Ayurveda experts, it also helps in reducing obesity.
  • used in cooking, dental, in skin, hair and scalp formulation. Sesame oil is often used in Asian cooking recipes. (Indian,Chinese and Korean) For skin sesame oil can help your skin stay hydrated.
  • Reduces high blood pressure (hypertension)..
  • Sesame oil contains a chemical called phytate, which acts as an antioxidant in cells.
  • Used for vaginal yeast infection.
  • It contains an essential fatty acid needed to support in the growth of healthy skin and healthy hair.
  • In aged women it helps in tightening the skin and thus reduces wrinkles.
  • In infants massaging their body with gingely oil helps in their growth and in inducing sleep.
  • When used in oil pulling it removes the bacteria and other toxins from the mouth and cleans the teeth and mouth, and thus gets better teeth and gums. .


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.

Sesame oil alternative

When sesame oil is not available for cooking purpose, or one is unable to use it because of allergy, olive oil or peanut oil can be used as a substitute.


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      Hifza 23 months ago

      Thanx for sharing

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      sachin 2 years ago

      We r using flax seeds from so many years in our food but importance just came to know. Thanks for Sharing. Voted also

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      lex123 3 years ago

      Thanks word55 for stopping by and leaving a wonderful comment. And of course for voting it up too.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks lex123, sounds like a winning, top 3 oil to use regularly. Voted up!

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      lex123 4 years ago

      Thanks for reading the hub and leaving your comment. Glad to know you and your wife are planning to use more of it.

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      Prakash Dighe 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      Wasn't aware of it's benefits. My wife and I plan to use more of it. Thanks for sharing.

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      lex123 4 years ago

      Thanks shiningirisheyes for stopping by, and I'm glad to know you're using this oil for your cooking regularly.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I use sesame oil in my cooking process regularly. Great informative hub on a staple of my kitchen.

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      lex123 4 years ago

      Thanks vibesites for reading and commenting. I'm glad to know that you found it useful. In Kerala many of us apply it on the face too. Thanks also for sharing and voting it up.

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      lex123 4 years ago

      Thanks Ruchira for reading and commenting it. Also for voting and sharing it across.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I love sesame oil in cooking, but I didn't know that I could also put it on my face, which has noticeable pores. Might try that. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful. :)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Interesting facts, lex123.


      Voted up and sharing it across