Sesame Oil, also known as Gingelly oil has been used across the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for many decades. On its own, pure sesame oil has a potent bitter taste. During the extraction process, we use a small quantity of Palm Jaggery (Panamkarupatti) to combat the bitterness and make it more palatable. Used as a cooking medium or with the “Idli-Molaga” podi, this oil comes with a variety of health benefits.
- Sesame Oil For Face Care:
Sesame oil should be applied directly to the facial skin. It improves the skin texture, making it softer and smoother. Because of its emollient properties, it moisturizes the skin. This effect is because of a special micronutrient called sesamol.
- As Massage Oil:
Sesame oil, despite being slightly heavier than other massage oils, can still be used for a massage. It is preferable used for detoxifying the body through the skin. This massage takes away many environmental toxins and internal toxins (released by the liver to the skin), leaving the body detoxified.
- Sesame Oil for Hair Growth:
Just as for skin, sesame oil makes a great massage for scalp. It deep conditions the scalp and improves the health of hair follicles. These are the health benefits of sesame oil for hair health.
- Calm depression:
Sesame oil, when taken internally or as massage helps to manage depression better. Research has identified that sesamol from sesame oil helps inhibits the production of cytokines (like TNF – α). This reduces the risk of developing clinical depression because of stress.
- Oil Pulling with Sesame Oil:
One may be familiar with the ancient practice of oil pulling. It kills bad bacteria in the mouth, fungi species like candida that cause oral thrush, protects teeth and gums. This practice is also helpful against gingivitis.
- Better Intestinal Health:
Sesame oil helps to improve intestinal health. Regular consumption of sesame oil in diet may improve certain inflammatory conditions of the alimentary canal, like IBS, IBD, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. It is also helpful in treating intestinal obstruction which leads to faecal smelling vomiting.
- Maintain a health cholesterol level:
Because of the presence of healthy fatty acids, sesame oil can reduce LDL cholesterol all the while keeping HDL cholesterol up. Since concentration of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) increases, the body becomes healthier. Sesame oil can thus reduce the risk of heart disease.
Sesame oil has been identified as anti-cancer to specific cancers. The anti-cancer effect of sesame oil is due to a lignin called sesamin. It possesses cytotoxic effect against cancer cells, effectively blocking their proliferation.
- Anti- Diabetes:
Sesame oil shows blood glucose lowering effects in people when sesame is the oil they take in diet. This is of great significance.
- Sesame oil in diet:
One can cook with sesame oil. It has got a nice, sweet taste and mild aroma. Sesame oil can added to salads and foods like chicken. One can also use toasted sesame oil, which has a richer flavour and great for additive in recipes.