Sesame seeds are quite common as toppings on burger buns, sandwich buns, bagels and other culinary dishes but another useful property of the seeds is the oil derived from it. Sesame seed oil is most often used as an enhancer in Asian & Middle Eastern cooking.
Sesame seed 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. Sesame seed oil is a rich source of vitamins E & K, magnesium, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.
Top 5 Benefits of Sesame Oil for Hair
- Like mustard seed oil, sesame seed oil helps with greying hair and is possibly the most outstanding benefit of the oil.
- Sesame seed oil helps increase scalp circulation.
- Sesame seed oil 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.
- Sesame seed oil contains sesamol & sesamin, which ensures a longer shelf life for the oil.
How to Use Sesame Seed 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 sesame seed 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. I love using it as a topping on salads, salmon, sautéed spinach and hummus. I like this brand – McCormick Gourmet Organic Toasted Sesame Seeds.
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. You can also add sesame seed oil to your diet. Read Get this Important Vitamin for Hair Growth with Sesame Seed Oil.
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If you would like to know more about how to use natural oils for specific purposes to get more effective use out of them, you may want to check out How to Grow Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils, a guide which goes in-depth into which specific oil (s) works for each hair issues for optimal length and health.