Known as Ellu in Tamil and Nuvvulu in Telugu, Til in Hindi, SESAME Seeds, is highly respected natural ingredient in Indian Medical systems of Ayurveda and Siddha for it’s health benefits and also in Indian Kitchens for its taste, flavor and versatile use. The sesame seed turns out to be the oldest seed oil source, first cultivated by man around 5000 years ago. It's called the queen of oil seeds.
Most common use of Seasme seed is through Oil also called as Sesame oil or Gingelly oil . According to Ayurvedic medicine, sesame oil when applied in the nostrils relieve anxiety and insomnia & when massaged on the head can ease off headaches. The oil is also used as a topical treatment for skin problems, mouthwash, laxatives, aid lactation and to ease menstrual cramps.
Difference between Gingelly oil and Sesame Oil
Call it sesame oil or gingelly oil, this oil extracted from the seeds is a storehouse of various healing properties.
While gingelly oil is in amber colour, sesame oil is pale yellowish in colour, depending on the process of extraction. Sesame oil is extracted from raw sesame seeds through cold pressed process while gingelly is made by using a little higher temperature, giving it a yellowish-orange colour. The other variety is available in dark brown colour, which is extracted from roasted seeds.
Be it amber, dark or pale yellow in colour- these oils improve skin and hair health, strengthen the bones, bring down the stress and are traditionally used for baby massages, thanks to rich amounts of vitamin E and vitamin K.
Benefits of Sesame Oil:
1. Hair Growth:
Nothing nourishes your dull hair instantly like gingelly oil. Regular application of this oil helps in retaining its natural color and minimizes the hair loss. Gingelly oil also possesses anti-bacterial properties that can help eliminate the growth of bacteria and dandruff.
2. Skin Health:
Gingelly oil is a powerhouse of zinc, one of the main minerals that contributes to great skin health. A massage with gingelly oil every week increases elasticity, reduces oxidative stress, clears dark spots, slows down ageing by making skin soft and supple.
Traditional medicine recommends applying gingelly oil on fungal infections for instant relief and to safeguard the skin from harmful UV rays.
3. Anxiety Relief:
Gingelly oil is rich in tyrosine that stimulates serotonin in the brain. A warm gingelly oil massage triggers positive thought, relaxes nervous system, releases happy hormones and can reduce stress.
4. Dental Health:
Sesame oil is your quick fix if you are suffering from dental pain. Swishing a spoonful of oil clears dental plaque and protects teeth from streptococcus mutants that cause bacterial growth. Rubbing sesame oil on teeth helps in retaining its natural colour.
5. Body Massage:
Gingelly oil is traditionally used in Indian households for massaging. It’s a practice in South India to oil bath on every Saturday or Wednesday for men and Friday or Tuesday for Women with Sesame oil. Studies reveal that this oil not only helps in increasing blood circulation but also induces a timely sleep pattern in the new born.
Gingelly Oil Pulling:
Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 15 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.
Gingelly oil or sesame oil is the number one choice for oil pulling as it kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, promotes oral health and is one of the ways to make your teeth whiter.
1. Cures Bad Breath:
Halitosis or bad breath is a common oral condition often caused due to infection, poor oral hygiene, coated tongue etc. Sesame oil fights against the growing microorganisms and works wonders in maintaining oral health.
2. Prevents Cavities:
Cavities are caused due to poor dental hygiene, excessive intake of sugary items. Bacteria works on the food particles in the mouth forming stronger acid that destroys tooth enamel and decay. Regular oil pulling on an empty stomach prevents cavities and promotes oral health.
3. Controls Inflammation:
Inflammation is a chronic disorder that is caused due to various factors. Swishing oil in the mouth regularly works against streptococcus mutans that cause gingivitis, prevent formation of plaque and also avoid inflammation in other body parts.
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