Sesame Seed Oil dates as far back as the Ebers Papyrus, in which it was part of the list of medicines. It has been used in India for over 5000 years for cooking as well as medicinal purposes.
Sesame seed oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is easily absorbed into the skin, can neutralise free radicals and carries healing properties to the lower skin skin levels. It’s used extensively in Ayurvedic treatments both internally and externally; from indigestion and toothache, to hair growth and wound healing.
Why is Sesame Seed Oil Good for Skin
The Anti-inflammatory properties make sesame seed oil great for acne prone skin. It also has a low comedogenicity of 1, which means it’s not likely to block the pores. It is a lightweight oil that penetrates the skin but leaves a light, non greasy layer that helps maintain skin barrier protection.
The antioxidants in Sesame Seed Oil also provide light UV protection, it helps protect the skin against free radical damage. More in depth studies need to be done in this area as from my research the SPF of the oil varies.
Why is Sesame Seed Oil Good for Hair
All the above benefits to the skin will also benefit the scalp. It protects the scalp against bacterial and fungal infections, soothes inflammation from scalp conditions and protects the skin barrier. In addition, it improves hair health, strength and adds a natural shine to your strands.
Best Uses of Sesame Seed Oil
There are a number of ways to use this oil, internally and externally. For external uses, it can be used in:
Haircare: hair oils, hair conditioners
Skincare: face serums, oil cleansers, night creams
Body: massage oil, hand and foot cream
Sesame seed oil is a great emollient and generally considered to be safe, however if you are allergic to sesame seeds, I would not suggest using the oil. If it is your first time using the oil, do a patch test on a small section of skin before applying it to larger areas.
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Power of The Seed; Parker, S.M.
Healthline website: Sesame Oil for Skin: Benefits and How to Use It (healthline.com)
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