Sesame seeds come from the Sesame plant, which is grown in the wild in Africa and some parts of India. One of the oldest oilseed crops known to man, sesame seeds have one of the highest yields of oil of all of the oilseeds; the seeds are used extensively in cooking all around the world. Sesame seed oil is full of ingredients that can provide many different health benefits and it can also be used in many ways, as a part of your beauty regime, having benefits for hair, skin and anti-ageing properties. Here are ten of the beauty uses of sesame seed oil:
1. Promotes hair growth
Using sesame seed oil as a hot oil treatment for your hair is known to help the growth of thick and shiny hair. Massage some warm sesame seed oil into your hair and scalp (make sure that the oil isn’t too hot) and the essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 will nourish your hair and encourage new growth.
2. Rich in vitamin E, sesame oil has anti-ageing properties for the skin
Benefits of sesame oil are very numerous. Sesame seed oil is a great source of vitamin E, the antioxidant used in many commercially available anti-ageing creams. The vitamin E helps to fight the effects of free radicals, which are the main cause of premature ageing of the skin.
3. Removes skin blemishes
Sesame seed oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it can be used as a treatment for skin conditions. Apply sesame oil before you go to bed at night and wash it off in the morning, and it will not only nourish and moisturize your skin, but also help fight blemishes and keep your skin clear and fresh looking.
4. Improves the skins elasticity and texture
Another one of great benefits of sesame oil is that the oil is slightly thicker, than most other natural oils, which makes it ideal for all over body massaging and skin conditioning. Sesame seed oil is widely used in India, where it is said that a daily massage with the oil removes the toxins and pollution from the skin, provides a deep down moisturising effect and improves elasticity of the skin.
5. Speeds up the healing process and reduce the appearance of scars
The vitamin E content and the antibacterial properties of sesame seed oil make it a good treatment for cuts and wounds. It promotes faster healing and it also reduces the appearance of scars on the skin.
6. Cracked heels and dry hands treatment
Next one of the amazing benefits of sesame oil is that the oil can help soothe and heal cracked heels and dry hands. Apply the oil to your feet and hands, and massage it in before going to bed and then, leave the oil on, with a pair of socks and cosy gloves on to keep the oil off the bed sheets and the oil will penetrate deep into the skin to bring quick relief to dry and cracked skin, making it softer, smoother and younger.
7. It can be used as a hair darkener
Used with other carrier oils like argan oil, coconut oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil, sesame oil is well known for its hair darkening properties. It is particularly effective as a means of minimising the appearance of premature greying of hair in people with black or brunette hair.
8. Conditions hair and prevents split ends
Another one of wonderful benefits of sesame oil is that the oil makes a great natural hair conditioner. It will give you a deep down condition that will nourish and moisturise your hair, treat and prevent split ends and leave your hair soft and bouncy. For a quick boost of moisture, mix a tablespoon of your regular hair conditioner or hair mask with a tablespoon of sesame oil in a bowl, then apply this mix to the length of your hair after shampooing, avoiding the roots. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. You will see how much silkier, softer and shinier your hair will become.
9. It protects your skin from damage
Used daily, sesame seed oil will give you protection from the harmful effects of the rays of the sun and provide a barrier against the effects of pollution and harmful toxins in the air. Whilst not a substitute for sunscreen, sesame seed oil does provide you with great, day to day, protection from the UV rays of the sun.
10. Treats a dry and flaky scalp
The vitamins, nutrients and minerals in sesame seed oil, along with its anti-fungal properties, make an excellent treatment for a dry and flaky scalp. At the other end of your body, it can also be used as treatment for athletes’ foot.
There are also many health benefits of sesame oil that we didn’t include in this article, this is why people love cooking with sesame oil, but this is another topic…
It’s best to buy organic sesame oil, especially if you want to use it for beauty.