Sesame oil: all the properties and 10 uses for beauty

Sesame oil is a vegetable oil extracted from sesame seeds with numerous therapeutic properties and which is well suited to be used for cosmetics and natural do-it-yourself cleansing.

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Sesame oil is a vegetable oil extracted from sesame seeds with numerous therapeutic properties and which is well suited to be used for cosmetics and natural do-it-yourself cleansing.

THEsesame oil has been used for hundreds of years as natural healing remedy. It is extracted from sesame seeds, especially known for their high content of calcium and beneficial lipids. So let's find out all the properties and how to best use this vegetable oil.

Sesame oil can be used in the kitchen as a condiment (there is in fact a version suitable for food use) but also as a beauty and health remedy in particular for the skin and hair, thanks to its richness in active ingredients.


Properties of sesame oil

Sesame oil is considered a particularly beneficial oil. In particular, it is capable of:

  • fight different types of microorganisms: it is effective against some pathogens that can attack the skin and cause fungal infections, as well as against staphylococcus and streptococcus.
  • anti-inflammatory: it is a natural anti-inflammatory suitable for skin care and protection. Sesame oil is easily absorbed by our body.
  • rich in vitamins: in particular vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamins of group B (B1, B2, B3)
  • antioxidant: the presence of some of the aforementioned vitamins and other elements such as selenium make it a natural product with strong antioxidant qualities.
  • rich in mineral salts: especially magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
  • regulate cell development
  • rich in unsaturated fatty acids (omega 6 and omega 9)

An important feature of this oil is that it is stable, that is, it does not risk turning rancid if it is stored at room temperature, as it can happen in the case of linseed oil.

How to use sesame oil

Sesame oil is a very versatile remedy, you can experience its effectiveness in case of:

  • sunburn
  • dry facial skin
  • wrinkles
  • acne
  • to obtain a light natural protection of the skin during sun exposure
  • energizing massages
  • control of bacteria that cause dandruff
  • fast healing and protection from scratches and abrasions
  • calm rashes in case of eczema

When used as a food, sesame oil can help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Sesame oil is particularly beneficial for the skin as it is, as mentioned above, rich in antioxidants that allow it to counteract the action of free radicals. Applying sesame oil directly to the skin can help also to the prevention of melanoma.

Those who do not particularly like its aroma can use it diluted in other more delicate oils, such as sweet almond oil or jojoba oil.

Here are some interesting possibilities uses sesame oil.

Ayurvedic remedy

Sesame oil represents one of the main beneficial remedies suggested by Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine. Ayurveda recommends massaging the whole body with sesame oil and letting it act 15 minutes before showering. Its effect on the skin is purifying and contributes to prevent infections.

Ginger massage oil

With sesame and ginger oil it is possible to prepare a massage oil for the body, suitable for use in case of muscle pain. You need to use half a cup of sesame oil and half a cup of fresh ginger juice. Ginger must be grated with a fine grater and squeezed with cheesecloth to get the juice. Ginger juice and sesame oil must be mixed in equal quantities to get the massage oil.

Sesame oil exfoliator

A gentle exfoliating scrub for the face or body can be made using two simple ingredients: sesame oil and rice starch. The preparation is done simply by mixing a tablespoon of sesame oil and half a tablespoon of rice starch. Both ingredients can be purchased in herbal medicine. The mixture obtained must be gently massaged into the skin and then rinsed first with warm water and then with cold water.

Foot treatment

Sesame oil is very useful for softening rough areas of the feet and for obtaining a pleasant deodorant effect. All you need is a tablespoon of sesame oil and 5 drops of mint essential oil. Dilute the essential oil in sesame oil, apply it to your feet, put on cotton socks and leave it on overnight. In the morning the softness of the skin will be guaranteed.

Hair care

Sesame oil is particularly effective in treating dry hair. It can be applied in a few drops on the hair, even on dry hair, to obtain a nourishing and polishing effect, replacing the common hair products containing silicones. It can also be used as a pre-shampoo pack on damp hair, in small quantities to be applied by massaging with your hands. It is advisable to leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing. With sesame oil, always before shampooing, it is possible to massage the scalp to take care of the dandruff problem in a natural way.

oil pulling

Sesame oil contributes to the good health of teeth and gums by also helping to regenerate inflamed tissues. This is why it is the oil that is usually recommended for those who want to practice oil pulling, that is, rinsing the mouth to do every day for long periods. To do this, use a spoonful of sesame oil as soon as you wake up in the morning.


To have a good anti-wrinkle effect, a small amount of sesame oil can be applied to the face every day. Its antioxidant properties will help the skin fight aging by giving it new elasticity and radiance.

Beauty mask

Especially those with oily skin can use sesame oil in combination with clay to make a beauty mask that can regulate excess sebum and purify the skin. In case of dry skin, you can use the same ingredient but mix it with some other natural remedy with moisturizing power such as other vegetable oils, yogurt or honey.

After sun oil

Thanks to its characteristic of being soothing against sunburn, sesame oil can be used as an after sun. To increase its power it can be mixed with a tablespoon of aloe vera gel or with a teaspoon of calendula oil.

Against muscle contractures

In addition to using it as a massage oil as it is, or mixed for example with ginger, sesame oil is well suited to be applied after a bath or shower to dissolve muscle tension, better if slightly heated and then smeared. gently (but deeply).

Where to find sesame oil

You can buy sesame oil in health food and organic food stores, as well as in herbal medicine or online. We advise you to choose a cold-pressed oil so that it preserves all its beneficial properties in the best possible way.

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