Black Sesame Oil, 500ml
Oils, Body Care, Ayurvedic Oils (Abhyanga/Massage)
Botanical name: Sesamum indicum
Other names: Tila oil
Part used: Seed
Taste (Rasa): Bitter (tikta), astringent (kasaya), sweet (madhur), pungent (katu)
Characteristic (guna): Heavy (guru), unctuous (snighda)
The fault, the imbalance of the elements (dosa): Pacifies vata
Action (karma): Treats dry constipation, helps to strengthen weak lungs, useful source of calcium for bones, teeth and hair. Used internally and externally for dry skin, benefits eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, increases strength, memory and fertility, used for dental health and wound healing, nourishes all the seven tissues (dhatus) of the body.
Dose: Depends on use, see below.
Contraindications: None known.
Black sesame oil, called “tila” oil in Sanskrit, has reportedly been known since Vedic time. The ancient Ayurvedic scholar Caraka, in his well-known treatise on Ayurveda, claims that it is the best of all oils. Sesame oil is the traditional oil of choice for abhyanga, the daily Ayurvedic self-massage.
Black sesame oil is rich in vitamin E (potent antioxidant), iron, omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, dietary fiber and flavonoids phenolic antioxidants.