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Sesame Seed Oil Health Benefits & Sesame Seed Oil Uses

Updated on January 5, 2017
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Read all about sesame seed oil health benefits and sesame seed oil uses here. Gingelly oil or til oil is the Indian sesame seed oil which has a golden brown color and the sesame oil made from sesame seeds has much importance in the Indian traditional medicine known as Ayurveda.

Top uses and benefits of sesame seed oil, which is also known by the names gingelly oil or til oil include its uses for skin, hair, cooking and also for making Ayurvedic medicines. Sesame seed oil makes an excellent oil for cooking and it is very popularly used for cooking in many Asian countries including China, India and Japan.

Sesame seed oil also known as gingelly oil or til oil in India is obtained from sesame seeds, which is believed to be originated in India and later spread to other Asian countries as well as in the Middle East and Africa. These tiny and crunchy seeds come in various colors but mostly in white, black and yellow colors. Sesame seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals and it is the main ingredient in Tahini sauce. I am using sesame oil in cooking for a long time now ( along with few other cooking oils) and I love the flavor especially when used for some authentic traditional Asian recipes.

Sesame oil can be extracted from sesame seeds either by cold pressing or by heating the seeds to a high temperature and using a powerful solvent. However, heating too much can destroy the nutrients and so a cold press is always advisable. It is better to wait till the seeds ripe and burst open from their pods before extracting the oil.

Sesame seeds allergy or gingelly oil allergy is found in some people and it can be a serious issue if you are allergic. So if you intend to use sesame seeds or sesame seed oil (gingelly oil) in your diet for the first time, make sure you don't have sesame seeds allergy.

Let us see a brief summary of the many uses of this amazingly good oil made from sesame seeds.

Sesame Seed Oil Or Gingelly Oil - Traditional Uses

Sesame seed oil is traditionally used in many Asian countries for a very long time. It is considered to be one of the best oils for body massage apart from cooking. In Indian folk medicine or Ayurveda, sesame oil has great importance. This oil is believed to have great healing properties and about 90% of the oils used in Ayurveda is thought to be sesame oil.

It is a common practice in many Asian households to massage babies with sesame seed oil to improve blood circulation and to keep skin healthy.

Sesame seeds from which sesame seed oil is obtained are rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, molybdenum, selenium and copper, they also have two unique fibers called sesamin and sesamolin which are very healthy.

However, like any other oil sesame seed oil is an extracted portion of the whole sesame seeds and hence it lacks the nutrient content present in the whole seeds.

The oil retains Vitamin E, phytosterols and lignans along with the fatty acids.

Sesame oil is known to be resistant to rancidity and hence it can be easily stored for a long time.

Sesame Seed Oil Or Gingelly Oil - Antibacterial properties And Medicinal Uses

Sesame seed oil has antibacterial properties and it is thought to be useful for treating skin infections like foot fungus. Sesame seed oil penetrates the skin easily and it can help neutralize free radicals. They are used as nose drops in case of sinus or cold and thought to be helpful in treating lice infestations in children.

Due to its antibacterial properties, it is also good to apply this oil in scalp and it can help reducing dandruff. It is my personal experience that sesame oil acts as a good conditioner if you have dry or brittle hair. It is also a good moisturizer for skin.

Sesame seed oil is also excellent to be applied in the joints in case of joint pain.

Indian Sesame Seed Oil for Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic treatment meant for detoxification by removing bacteria or fungi from mouth and throat. Sesame oil is considered excellent for oil pulling due to its antibacterial properties. In this process, one tablespoon of sesame is taken to mouth, swished for few minutes and spitted out. Many studies have shown that oil pulling using sesame oil can help reduce germs and improve the over all oral health. This can be also done as a preventive measure to help maintain the health of gums and teeth and also prevent bronchitis. It is said that oil pulling can help reduce dental cavities and reduce dental pain.

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Sesame seed oil for cooking

Sesame oil is a suitable cooking oil with less saturated fat content. This oil is rich in natural antioxidants and it is helpful in regulating blood pressure. It has a high smoke point and hence suitable for frying also. The exception is for dark sesame oil which has a low smoke point and not suitable for deep frying.

Sesame oil is most suitable for preparing pickles.

The fat content in 100 grams of sesame oil is as follows:

Polyunsaturated fat : 42 g

Monounsaturated fat : 40 g

Saturated fat : 14 g ( same as olive oil)

Like any other oil, sesame seed oil should also be used in moderation as part of a healthy diet. If you are using sesame seed oil for the first time, you will need to look for any allergic reactions it may cause.


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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi ecogranny, thanks so much for reading. Sesame oil is considered as the one of the best oils in Ayurveda, I am glad you found this useful :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I had no idea there were so many uses for sesame oil, and oil pulling is entirely new to me. I will have to learn more about that. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you ologsinquito and jtrader, I agree it has a unique but wonderful flavor which especially goes great with many Asian dishes. Thanks for commenting!

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      I like the nutty flavor of this oil.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Sesame oil has a wonderful taste. That is a very good price on the organic sesame oil you have featured.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for commenting CrisSp, I too love the flavor of sesame in food :)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I love and I use sesame oil mostly when cooking noodles. Smells and tastes so good.

      Great hub!

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks DonnaCaprio! I agree they go very well with stir fries and Asian dishes!

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      Great informative article! I use sesame oil for some stir fry and Asian dishes.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sesame Oil Health Benefits are great and you did a thorough research on this valuable oil.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you :)

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Very informative and well written. Welcome to HubPages!

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for reading and commenting Tolovaj :) Yes, sesame oil has many uses!

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks :)

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for the comments :) , they really encourage me!

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      I had no idea, sesame oil has so many health benefits. I used it for marinades but only because of its specific flavor. You have opened a whole new world of opportunities:)

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing this informative hub VioletteRose.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Of course you can sprinkle sesame seeds in your food, oatmeal or grits or any other breakfast cereals. I would suggest you toast them before adding to your food. You can also add sesame seeds to home made breads and other foods, if you like. Extracting oil from the seeds is something I have never done myself, you may need to do your research on that I think. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Violette and very good info. How can I make the best use of the sesame seeds in my cabinet or how can I extract oil from them. Can I sprinkle them in Oatmeal or Grits?

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago


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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      A very informative hub you have there VioletteRose and welcome to Hubpages. I always enjoy ready and health/fitness related hub. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you so much Shyron, its the first comment I got in hubpages!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hello Violette, welcome to HubPages, the hubbers become great friends and I am sure you will fit right in.

      I do use sesame seed oil, and you hub is useful and I voted that way also awesome, interesting and shared.