About Sesame Oil
Sesame oil or Gingelly oil is very widely used; in fact, the most used oil in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used internally, externally, over eyes, on the head, as massage oil, as a dental oil etc because of its extreme benefits to health.
Sesame oil is rich in many vitamins and minerals, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.
These nutrients give sesame oil its many health giving properties. I list below 6 amazing health benefits of sesame oil which most of us can benefit from.
Sesame Oil And Weight Loss
Sesame oil helps in weight loss. However, to compensate for the higher intake of calories from sesame oil, calorie intake from other food sources will have to be reduced so that the overall calorie consumption does not exceed the daily suggested requirement. The best way to take in less calories is to reduce portion sizes and food intake rather than dieting.
Also, massaging the body with sesame oil for 15 to 30 minutes each day, in a warm room and then sitting in moderate sun till one sweats and feels a bit warm. The head can be covered with a hat. Once in the shade, rest for about 10 minutes and then take a warm bath.
Sesame And Blood Pressure
Consumption of sesame oil has been found to lower high blood pressure. However, if it is consumed with this reason in mind, it should be the only source of cooking oil or should be used frequently in the majority of your cooking. Sesame oil is very stable even at very high temperature. It also aids in lowering cholesterol and obesity, which again is helpful in lowering blood pressure.
The Vitamin E, magnesium and sesamin in sesame oil are supposed to cause the lowering of BP.
A study was done at Annmalai University in India in high blood pressure patients. Sesame oil was the only source of cooking oil. In 3 weeks the blood pressure started to drop and in 45 days it was at normal levels. During this study the patients’ blood pressure medicines were stopped.
Sesame Oil For Massage And Pain Relief
Sesame oil is absorbed by the skin easily. It is therefore known as the Queen of oils. It penetrates right down from the tissues to the bone marrow. It also circulates via the blood. Even the liver sees sesame oil molecules as friendly.
The oil attracts and binds the oil souble toxins which can then be removed by washing the skin with hot water.
Massage the oil on the long limbs by using up and down motion while using circular motions on the joints.