Sesame Seed Oil has many wonderful benefits for your skin, teeth, and much more. In fact, it has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years! The earliest mention of sesame oil that I can find was located in the Vedas (a large body of text that originated in ancient India; also the oldest scriptures of Hinduism).
In Holland, physicians have conducted experiments where the oil was successfully used in the treatment of various chronic diseases such as hepatitis, diabetes and migraine headaches.
What is Sesame Oil?
Sesame oil is composed of seven different fatty acids which are:
Many of these fatty acids provide great health effects. Palmitic acid is an antioxidant, Palmitoleic acid reduces inflammation, Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that you must consume for proper health, and so on.
Before you can have sesame oil, you must first start with the seeds. Sesame seeds are protected by a capsule that bursts only when the seeds are entirely ripe. The ripeness time of a seed can vary, so when farmers harvest the plants they put them all together while they continue to ripen until every capsule has opened.
There are a number of different extraction methods for sesame oil depending on the equipment that is available. In developing countries, sesame oil is usually extracted using manual labored techniques like hot water flotation, bridge presses, ram presses or a small scale expeller. In developed countries however, the large scale expeller is preferred using big machines.
Preferred Type of Sesame Oil
As with most oils, using an extraction process that exposes the seeds to high temperatures is not the way to go. This is because of the known fact that high heat such as boiling or burning something kills off many of the nutrients that make the oil a great product to begin with. That is why cold pressing is the preferred method of extracting sesame oil. Another type to look-out for is an unrefined brand. Many companies like to “refine” their sesame oil through solvent extractions which makes the oil look more appealing. As with heating an oil, the bleaching and neutralization process for refined oils removes great nutrients. So stick with the unrefined, cold pressed oil when choosing a brand of sesame oil.
Sesame Oil Benefits; Oil Pulling and More!
One of the benefits of sesame seed oil is that it’s a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which can be very helpful in treating all kinds of skin conditions. Learn more about how antioxidants can be beneficial for skin by clicking here, read the 3rd and 4th paragraph down. Not only does sesame oil contain vitamin E, but it also has magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6. This opens up a whole new door for healing benefits of arthritis, osteoporosis, migraines, bone health and more!
Finding a nice pure organic sesame oil can be quite difficult. Many of them are roasted or processed somehow to increase the attractiveness or to add a more appealing flavor. Since we are not drinking or swallowing it, then we just want the purest and most beneficial brand possible. Here are a few to choose from.
Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin – Kevala Organic Sesame Oil
100% Organic Naturally Unrefined – Spectrum Naturals Organic Sesame Oil
Certified Organic – Omega Nutrition Sesame Oil
Thanks for reading our article about the great benefits of using sesame seed oil, if you’ve had positive or negative experiences we’d love to hear about them.