Sesame oil has been used as an important Ayurvedic medicine from time immemorial. The modern beauty and healthcare specialists have also recognized its benefits for treating different ailments. The oil is abundant in vitamin E and thus is an excellent anti-oxidant. It also contains a high amount of vitamin K, magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium, iron, and vitamin B6. Father of Ayurveda, Charaka, has identified sesame oil as the best oil to provide strength and oiliness to the body. He also mentions that sesame oil reduces Vata and Kapha dosha in the body. Here are 5 most important benefits of sesame oil which can be really helpful in day-to-day life.
1. Teeth and oral health:
Oil pulling (Gandusha) using sesame oil is advised in conditions like sensitive teeth, tooth pain, weak teeth, diseases of mouth like pyorrhea, ulcers, and cancers. Oil pulling method requires the patient to put 1-2 spoons of sesame oil in the mouth and properly rinse for 5-10 minutes, but not to swallow it.
2. In everyday cooking:
Ayurveda identifies sesame oil as Madhur (sweet) oil which when used in everyday cooking improves digestion, provide wound healing, and improves intelligence.
3. For glowing skin:
Massaging skin with warm sesame oil followed by a warm water bath can hugely improve the skin quality by reducing blemishes, dryness, and sore spots.
4. In hair oils:
Sesame oil is considered best for hair massage as it helps to reduce premature hair greying, hair fall, and dull hair.
5. For knee pain:
Maha Narayana oil prepared by heating some black pepper seeds in sesame oil is a great remedy for knee pain due to arthritis or senile changes.