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  The sesame seed has been used for cooking and beauty / body care in South India for centuries. The oil that is pressed from this small seed is rich and golden in color with a delicious nutty taste. The sesame oil is has a very high level of health benefits and are used for various purposes. It is the traditional oil of South India and is used for light frying. It has other medicinal properties and as such are used for oil massages etc

In Ayur-Veda sesame oil is considered on of the primary oils used for health and healing. Sesame oil is also used for massage and has countless therapeutic benefits Because of its lecithin content it helps brain cells and nerves, It is recomended to alleviate depression and fatigue, for rejuvenation, and to increase energy.

In terms of body care sesame oil is used to protect and beautify the skin, and for whole body massage. A simple and effective Ayur-Vedic treatment for insomnia is to massage the soles of the feet with sesame oil before bed for a calm and restful sleep.

Sesame Seed Oil has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years. Sesame oil is mentioned in the Vedas as excellent for humans. It is naturally antibacterial for common skin pathogens, such as staphylococcus and streptococcus as well as common skin fungi, such as athlete's foot fungus. It is naturally antiviral. It is a natural anti inflammatory agent.

It has been used extensively in India as a healing oil, including in experiments which showed it was useful in unblocking arteries. In recent experiments in Holland by Ayurvedic physicians, the oil has been used in the treatment of several chronic disease processes, including hepatitis, diabetes and migraines.

In vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited the growth of malignant melanoma (a skin cancer): PROSTAGLANDIN LEUKATRINES and ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS 46: 145-150, 1992.

Also in vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited replication of human colon cancer cells: ANTI CANCER RESEARCH 11: 209-216, 1992.

Research shows that sesame seed oil is a potent antioxidant. In the tissues beneath the skin, this oil will neutralize oxygen radicals. It penetrates into the skin quickly and enters the blood stream through the capillaries. Molecules of sesame seed oil maintain good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).

Sesame seed oil is a cell growth regulator and slows down cell growth and replication.

In both the small intestine and the colon, some cells are nourished by fat instead of sugar. The presence of sesame seed oil can provide those cells with essential nourishment.

In an experiment at the Maharishi International College in Fairfield, Iowa, students rinsed their mouths with sesame oil, resulting in an 85% reduction in the bacteria which causes gingivitis.

As nose drops, sniffed back into the sinuses, sesame seed oil has cured chronic sinusitis. As a throat gargle, it kills strep and other common cold bacteria. It helps sufferers of psoriasis and dry skin ailments. It has been successfully used in the hair of children to kill lice infestations. It is a useful natural UV protector.

Used after exposure to wind or sun it will calm the burns. It nourishes and feeds the scalp to control dry scalp dandruff and to kill dandruff causing bacteria. It protects the skin from the effects of chlorine in swimming pool water. Used before and after radiation treatments, sesame seed oil helps neutralize the flood of oxygen radicals which such treatment inevitably causes.

On the skin, oil soluble toxins are attracted to sesame seed oil molecules which can then be washed away with hot water and a mild soap. Internally, the oil molecules attract oil soluble toxins and carry them into the blood stream and then out of the body as waste.

Used as a douche mixed with warm water, the oil controls vaginal yeast infections.

Sesame seed oil absorbs quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. It enters into the blood stream through the capillaries and circulates. The liver does not sweep sesame seed oil molecules from the blood, accepting those molecules as friendly.

Sesame seed oil helps joints keep their flexibility. It keeps the skin supple and soft. It heals and protects areas of mild scrapes, cuts and abrasions. It helps tighten facial skin, particularly around the nose, controlling the usual enlargement of pores as skin ages chronologically.

Used on baby skin, particularly in the area covered by a diaper, sesame seed oil will protect the tender skin against rash caused by the acidity of body wastes. In the nose and ears, it will protect against common skin pathogens.

Sesame is the main treatment medicine for those lacking in vital energy and easily fatigued, it can replenish the energy of the five main organs, increase strength, promote smooth skin, nourish the brain, and make the muscles strong and firm. If sesame is consumed for a long period of time, it can make the body slim and lithe, prevent senility, improve the eyesight, enable resistance to hunger, extend lifespan, and other usefulness.

In the book "Food Inspection/Examination of the Dynasty" from the Jiang Hu era, it is recorded that:

Sesame can nourish the five major organs, improve blood circulation, and regulate the functions of the large and small intestines.

In both these two books, the beneficial effects of the sesame were mentioned similarly, with regards to resisting illnesses and extending longevity. In addition, the similar emphasis on "nourishing the brain" is a point that especially captures everyone's attention. If sesame is consumed regularly, the brain would be more supple and the brain's functions would be improved.

Sesame also contains very good vitamin E and fatty acids, which can enable good blood circulation. It also contains amino-fats which is needed by the neural impulses transmission substance that is closely related to memory power. Besides, it also contains calcium that is highly effective for calming nerves, to contain anxiety and symptoms of mental distress.