Sesame seed oil is cold pressed from tiny, flat, oval sesame seeds. They come from the annual, Sesamum indicum. They're also called Benne seeds. The plant grows, mostly, two or three feet tall. Some grow six feet tall. It thrives in hot climates and isn't frost tolerate. It has lavender to pink colored blooms with pods containing sesame seeds. Once pods burst, seeds are harvested by machines.
Sesame seeds range in colors: brown, yellow, red, black and ivory. The darker the seeds, the more flavor they have. Sesame seeds have a nutty flavor. Unrefrigerated seeds should be kept in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months. Otherwise, refrigerate seeds up to 6 months or keep frozen up to one year.
Sesame seed oil has two distinct colors: pale yellow-green and dark brown-red. There is a definite flavor distinction between the two. The lighter color oil has a delicate nutty flavor. The darker color oil has a much stronger flavor with a pungent taste.
Sesame seed oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. It's rich with vitamins E, B6 and K! Its minerals include: magnesium, copper, calcium, iron and zinc. It has Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids and lignans. Sesame oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory! It's rich with powerful antioxidants, including Sesamol. Many people prefer unrefined oil since the refining process may remove important nutrients. Unrefined, organic, cold pressed sesame oil is best for daily use and topical application.
It's high in polyunsaturated fats, so it can be kept in a cool,
dry, place for several months. It's resistant to rancidity and
stable, even in hot climates. It has a high smoke point. It's a good choice for sautéing or frying. Use it as a topping or garnish.
BENEFITS - (Body)
Lower Blood Sugar
Improve Brain Health
Increase Bone Health
Lower Blood Pressure
Combat Free Radicals
Reduce Risk of Cancer
Lower LDL (bad cholesterol)
Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
BENEFITS - (Skin)
Sesame oil has a slightly thick texture. Blend it with lighter oils for skin, hair or scalp formulations, if desired. It leaves a slightly oily feeling on skin. It absorbs and penetrates skin, quickly. Skin of all ages from babies, teens to adults can all benefit from using this natural oil! Use it in soaps, lotions, creams, scrubs, bath oils, sun care oils, for massages, homemade face masks and in various other ways!
HOMEMADE RECIPES - (Skin & Hair)
HOMEMADE SKIN CARE TIPS:
-- Use unrefined, cold pressed, oil for the best results
-- Use all organic ingredients for the best results
-- Discontinue with any discomfort or irritation
-- Seek advice of health care provider, if needed
HOMEMADE FACE MASK # 1:
(Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Acne)
Wash face. Massage sesame seed oil on face. Avoid sensitive areas: eyes, ears, nose, mouth. Place clean, warm, wet, towel over face. Let stand for few minutes. Remove towel. Repeat oil applications 3 or 4 times. Rinse skin with warm water, removing any traces of oil. Apply gentle, natural, moisturizer.
HOMEMADE FACE MASK # 2:
(Youthful Radiant Glow)
Blend 1/4 cup cucumber and 1/4 cup filtered water until pureed. Strain, pour in container and refrigerate. Clean blender. Next, blend 2 strawberries, 2 tbsp. papaya, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. ground oatmeal, 1 tbsp. plain yogurt and 1 tsp. sesame oil. Apply fruit mixture to face. Avoid all sensitive areas: eyes, ears, nose, mouth. (Do not apply refrigerated cucumber puree, yet). Let fruit mixture set on face no longer than 10 minutes. Rinse face with warm water. Pat dry. Rub 1 tsp. coconut oil on face. Apply refrigerated cucumber puree to face. Avoid all sensitive areas. Let puree set on face a few moments. Rinse face with warm water, thoroughly. Pat dry.
HOMEMADE FACE MASK # 3:
(Fade Dark Spots, Wrinkles, Soften)
Wash Face. Massage sesame seed oil all over face. Avoid sensitive areas: eyes, ears, nose, mouth. Leave on overnight. Wash face and rinse, thoroughly, with warm water in morning. Rinse any oily residue left on skin. Gently pat dry. Apply gentle, natural, moisturizer if desired.
FACE & BODY:
(Anti-aging, Pain-Relieving, Partial Natural Sunscreen)
Apply sesame oil to face and body, daily. Avoid sensitive areas: eyes, ears, nose. mouth and other areas. Sesame oil is a partial natural sunscreen. It helps fade visible signs of aging: wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots. It protects against smoke, smog and other environmental pollutants. Tighten skin, especially around the nose area, controlling the enlargement of pores as skin ages. Improve joint flexibility. Relieve sore muscles or Rheumatoid arthritis. Reduce inflammation. Relieve Athlete's foot fungus, acne, dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, burns, cuts, small wounds. Soften cracked heels and calluses.
(Mix with almond oil or castor oil to reduce fragrance, if desired.)
(Cleanse, Detoxify, Moisturize, Soften, Soothe)
Add 2 or 3 tbsp. of sesame oil to bath water. Oil soluble toxins are attracted to sesame oil molecules. Wash toxins away with warm water and mild soap. Pat skin dry.
BENEFITS - (Skin)
Repair Damaged Skin Cells
Soothe (dry skin, burns, cuts, psoriasis, eczema)
Protect against sun UV rays; (partial natural sunscreen)
Kill Bacteria; (prevent bacterial spread; relieve acne)
Anti-aging; (restore flexibility, fade dark spots, fine lines & wrinkles)
BENEFITS - (Hair)
Get rid of dandruff
Moisturize dry scalp
HAIR & SCALP RECIPE: Apply a small amount to palm of hand. Rub palms together than apply to dry, frizzy hair. Get rid of frizz. Moisturize hair and improve dry scalp conditions. Helps get rid of dandruff.