Sesame seeds are quite common as toppings in burger buns, sandwich buns, bagels and other culinary dishes but another useful property of the seeds is the oil derived from it. This oil is most often used as an enhancer in Asian & Middle Eastern cooking. Personally, I find the smell a tad too strong for cooking but it has excellent benefits when it comes to external application.
Sesame oil is a semi-drying oil rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Its colour ranges from deep yellow to light coloured translucent. The colour usually depends on the level of processing involved when raw or roasted seeds are used. It’s a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.
Top 5 Benefits of Sesame Oil
- Like mustard seed oil, this oil helps with greying hair and is possibly the most outstanding benefit of the oil.
- Helps increase scalp circulation.
- It forms a protective barrier around the hair against the sun’s UV rays.
- Its antibacterial qualities can help with scalp issues such as dandruff and head lice.
- It contains the sesamol & sesamin, which ensures a longer shelf life for the oil.
How to Use Sesame Oil
- For greying hair, mix sesame oil and mustard seed oil in equal parts and apply to hair and scalp. Cover with a cap and leave in overnight. Wash out the next morning with a mild shampoo and condition as usual. You can also use the oils separately over a few weeks to judge which one works best for your hair type.
- Apply the oil over your deep conditioning treatment. Leave in for an hour then proceed with your usual regimen.
- You can combine it with olive oil or almond oil for use in your deep conditioning treatment. If you find the smell of the oil too strong, you can add in 5 – 10 drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil, both with calming and soothing properties.
- Eating raw sesame seeds is a great way to get the benefits of the nutrients as well.
While there are other more premium oils, there’s no harm in giving sesame oil a try especially to treat and prevent grey hair. It just might work for you and become a staple part of your regimen.
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