Many of us grew up seeing vegetable and seed-based oils used in the kitchen. We know sesame oil makes a great stir-fry but it does so much more than that! It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that are great for your whole body…inside and out.
Sesame oil is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, iron, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, and antioxidants – all great skin care nutrients. This rich oil, also known as the “Queen of Oils”, is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. If there’s something attacking your skin, sesame oil is going to send it packing!
Ancient cultures around the world have been using sesame oil as a healing tonic for thousands of years. With all it can do, it’s no wonder! We’ve compiled our top seven health and beauty benefits of sesame oil so you can start to enjoy the benefits too.
- Remove makeup and unclog pores. Applying the right kind of oil to your skin is highly beneficial and won’t make your skin oilier! Soap and water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it unbalanced and dry. Oil will leave it soft and hydrated and since like attracts like, using oil to remove makeup will get the job done quickly and thoroughly.
- Detoxifies your skin. With all of its “anti” properties, sesame oil will detoxify your skin and get rid of those nasty free radicals (which accelerate the signs of aging…yikes!
- Bacteria be gone! Your skin is loaded with bacteria, some of it’s good and some of it’s bad. Sesame oil attacks the bad stuff (those nasty buggers that lead to acne and blemishes) while keeping the good, anti-inflammatory bacteria around.
- Moisturizes and protects. After a warm, steamy shower, when your pores are open, apply a light layer of sesame oil all over your body. Massage it into your skin and the same way that lotion dries and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple, this will too…only better!
- Lowers glucose levels. Sesame oil can actually help lower glucose levels – making it a great option for anyone with diabetes.
- Fights tooth decay and halitosis. For centuries a technique called “oil pulling” (or using oil as a mouthwash) has been used to keep teeth healthy. Sesame oil’s “anti” properties are at work again, preventing tooth decay, halitosis, and plaque.
- Lowers high blood pressure. The peptides in sesame oil can actually help lower blood pressure – so keep it coming!