Ayurveda Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Oil

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Ayurveda Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Oil

When sesame oil is processed with other herbs it balances all the three doshas. It is mainly used to balance vata dosha. Sesame oil is very effective in dry skin, psoriasis, hair loss, wrinkles, joint pain etc.

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About sesame plant

Sesame seeds in ayurveda

Ayurveda Health benefits of sesame seeds

Ayurveda Health benefits of sesame oil

About sesame plant

When sesame oil is processed with other herbs it balances all the three doshas. It is mainly used to balance vata dosha. Sesame oil is very effective in dry skin, psoriasis, hair loss, wrinkles, joint pain etc.

Sesame is an oil crop which is widely grown in India and China. Sesame is a common ingredient in almost all cuisines around the world. With a rich nutty flavour, it has gained an important place on kitchen shelves. Sesame oil extracted from sesame seeds are highly recommended by ayurveda acharyas to use for medicinal purpose. Sesame seeds and oil are used in men health conditions like erectile dysfunction.

Sesame is an annual plant and has a botanical name Sesamum indicum . This erect plant grows to a height of 40 to 90 cms. The leaves vary in size and shape. The flowers are bell shaped and vary in color (white, pale yellow, purple). The fruit of this plant is a capsule and contain small seeds. Upon ripening the fruit naturally splits and releases the seeds. The seeds have highest oil content than any other oil seeds.

Sesame seeds contain approximately 50% oil and 25% protein. The oil of theses seeds contains about 47% oleic and 39% linoleic acid. Foods prepared with sesame oil have long shelf life, because the oil contains an antioxidant called sesamol. The residual sesame meal left after the oil pressing is rich in protein and used as an excellent protein supplement for live stock. Soaps prepared from this oil help to maintain skin health.

Sesame is rich in Vitamin E, contains Vitamin K, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin B6.

Sesame seeds in ayurveda

It is known as “tila” in Sanskrit and in ayurvedic texts, “til” in hindi. Ayurveda acharyas describe three varieties of sesame based on colour of seeds. They are “Raktha (red), Krishna (black) and shweta (white)”. The qualities of these varieties are described as follows in “Bhavaprakasha”. 

ayurveda health benefits and uses of sesame seeds and oil

This means the black sesame seeds are first quality, white sesame are 2nd quality and red ones are of inferior qaulity.

Usually Krishna tila or black sesame seeds are considered superior to white and red varieties. Black sesame seeds which are high in medicinal properties and calcium content are recommended in ayurvedic medicines and treatment. White sesame seeds are made by removing seed coat of black variety.

The texts of ayurveda have described medicinal properties of sesame as follows

ayurveda medicinall properties, benefits and uses of sesame seeds and oil

According to principles of ayurveda sesame is heavy to digest (guru) and increases moistness of tissues (snigdha). It has sweet taste (madhura rasa) and slightly bitter (tikta rasa) . It is hot in potency (ushna veerya). The seeds and oil are used for medicinal purposes.

Black variety sesame is used in diseases of urinary tract, piles (hemorrhoids) , to reduce swelling and strengthen gums and teeth.

Ayurveda Health benefits of sesame seeds

Health benefits of sesame seeds and oil has been extensively researched and papers about this research has been published here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4127822/

Effect on doshas

Seeds balance vata dosha. But increase kapha dosha and pitta dosha. It has properties of “Yogavahi” . Yogavahi is a substance which has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues. When sesame is processed with other herbs it normalizes all the three doshas. Hence this is used in diseases arising due to vitiation of vata. And it can also be used in diseases caused due to vitiation of tridoshas. It is very helpful in conditions like diabetes and reduces frequency of urination.

Helps in Dental Caries and Maintains Oral Health

Chewing these seeds help to reduce tooth ache. Sesame seeds are ground to make a paste. This paste is kept on aching tooth.

Some may experience increased sensitivity of teeth due to vata imbalance. It also leads to weak and diseased teeth. In these conditions sesame seeds paste has to be mixed with water and held in mouth for 5 minutes . This procedure is known as “Gandusha”.

Accelerates Wound Healing

Paste of sesame seeds are applied over wounds and this promotes quick wound healing.

For menstrual problems

Women with pcos usually get their periods delayed. For them 2 tea spoons of sesame seeds have to be soaked overnight in water. Next day it has to be ground with 1.5 tea spoon of jaggery. This has to be consumed in empty stomach. This has to be continued for a week. This remedy has to be started 1 week before the menstrual cycle date. This is an PCOS natural indian ayurvedic home remedy

In piles or Haemorrhoids

A medium ball sized paste of sesame seeds has to be tied in a cloth. This has to be warmed in steam and hot fomentation is given on swollen, painful piles mass to relieve symptoms.

Sesame seeds are useful in uterine conditions like dysmenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea. They act as galactogague and increase the milk secretion in lactating mothers.

Sesame seeds for Men

The sesame seeds act as aphrodisiac and help in erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. 

When sesame seeds are administered with butter, it reduces pain and bleeding in haemorrhoids or piles.

Sesame can be effectively used in indigestion and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

Sesame acts as a brain tonic.

Ayurveda Health benefits of sesame oil

  1. Sesame oil has to be used regularly to reap its benefits. Its regular consumption improves total health. Hence in India it is widely used as cooking oil. It improves digestion and strengthens agni (digestive power). It acts as brain tonic and memory booster. 
  2. It is applied on wounds as it accelerates wound healing.
  3. Ayurvedic doctors recommend oil pulling with sesame oil to prevent dental caries and to support oral health.
  4. This oil is highly recommended for body massage. Massaging body with warm sesame oil helps as best remedy for dry skin, psoriasis and dry eczema. It boosts skin health, increases skin glow and complexion.
  5. This oil is eulogised as keshya as it supports hair growth and increases volume of hair when scalp is massaged regularly with this oil. It prevents hair loss, formation of dandruff, splitting of hair etc. As it accelerates wound healing it is very effective in scalp acne and boils. Hence this oil is considered as best ayurvedic oil for body and hair.

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  6. This oil is used for massaging patients who suffer from paralysis, body pain and pain in joints.

Author – Dr.Savitha Suri. Consultant ayurvedic physician. 

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