Beauty Benefits of Sesame Oil according to Ayurveda
In Ayurveda til ka tail or sesame oil is considered to be the best oil for Abhyangam, the traditional Ayurvedic massage which involves the massage of the body with generous amounts of nourishing warm oil. Abhyangam can be administered by trained therapists or even a simpler self-massage can be done at home. Especially in winter months, a self-massage with some warm oil is highly recommended to keep the body lubricated and energized. Due to its lekhaniya (anti-obesity and hypolipidemic) actions, sesame oil helps in building muscles in lean bodies and reducing fat in the obese.
It is considered an ancient skin elixir. As sesame oil has high amounts of viscosity; it quickly penetrates and pervades the minutest channels, nourishing and detoxifying the deepest layers of the skin. “This penetrative power helps the oil to work from inside the surface of the skin and thereby regulate the circulation of blood. Sesame oil is used as a remedial measure for the treatment of certain skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It also provides improvements in joint pains,” states Dr Neena Chopra, Director Beauty and Technical, Just Herbs.
Ras (taste) – Madhur (sweet)
Guna (quality) – Snigdha (unctuous/oily)/sukshm (minute)
Veerya (potency) : Ushna (hot)
Vipaka (Rasa after digestion) : Madhur (sweet)
Karma (properties) : Tridoshak, especially Vata pacifying
Sesame Oil: Skin Elixir
Sesame oil is versatile and can be applied topically and also ingested with ease. Because of its satvik properties, it is also one of the best cooking oils for yogic diet. With a mild nutty and sweet flavour, it is an integral part of Asian and Indian cooking styles.
Regarded as one of the healthiest oils by modern nutritionists as well, sesame oil is fast making a niche for itself in kitchens of health enthusiasts as it is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
Sesame oil has powerful antioxidant constituents in it called sesamol and sesamin which prevent the appearances of wrinkles and small pores in the skin. This miracle oil works as a natural youth-preserving ingredient as it enhances skin’s elasticity while producing collagen. Sesame oil rich in vitamins E and B complex helps to fade scars and soothe rashes.
Although there are many natural oils capable of providing the moisturizing effect, none of them do it as effectively like sesame oil. Presence of fatty acids along with linoleic acid makes sesame oil an impactful moisturizer for skin. In fact, it can act as both moisturizer and softener. That’s why sesame oil finds itself as an active ingredient in many sunscreens, skin cleansers and moisturizers because of its unique ability to soften up skin and hair.
Excellent Carrier Oil
Though it does make for a wholesome meal for the skin on its own, its efficacy can be modified depending on how it is mixed with other carrier oils and active ingredients. In fact, it is one of the safest carrier oils that can be used at home if you want to experiment with essential oils. You can start by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your daily massage regime for a quick but pampering experience.
Suitable for all skin types
Normal Skin Type
Dry Skin Type
Oily Skin Type
Combination Skin Type
Builds skin’s immunity