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Benefits of Sesame seed/oil in Ayurveda

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Benefits of Sesame seeds/oil in Ayurveda

                    As I begin with my festive food preparations for the festival of Makar Sankranti this week ,I thought of sharing the importance of the sesame seeds which are used in this festive occasion.

         Astrologically  the festival of  Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path. Also referred to as "Uttarayana” (northward movement of the sun begins).
       Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.

       According to Ayurveda since this Sankranti festival falls during winter season having sesame seeds provides the body the much needed heat and keep it warm.

sesame sweets ladoos-benefits of sesame seeds,makar sankranti        Sweets (Ladoos) made from sesame seeds and jaggery (cane sugar) are prepared for the occasion.The chances of catching cold reduce if we eat these sweets.

Sesame seeds have a greater ability to absorb and emit "Sattva" frequencies because of which having food containing sesame is considered to be spiritual. 

          Jaggery  is a rich source of iron,is considered to be a particularly wholesome sugar and, unlike refined sugar, it retains more mineral salts.
Ayurvedic texts consider jaggery to be beneficial in treating throat and lung infections.

          Makar Sankranti is also known as Khichadi (Indian dish made from rice and Moong bean dhal) because on this day the injunction to eat Khichadi, is generally observed by people. 
              Seasonal crops become available. Ghee and spices are used for making tasty nourishing khichadi.Those who are familiar with Ritucharya,(seasonal regime) may know that Vata problems are exacerbated during winter. Hence khichadi recipe during these days use ghee, tender garlic, whole grains, coriander, spinach, fenugreek etc.which will pacify vata problems.

              Sesame seeds have oil in them that generates heat in the body. The most important specialty of sesame is that is contains four rasas (flavors), hot, bitter, sweet and pungent ,therefore used for preparing sweets in winter season.Sesame oil has the potent to balance excess vata along with kapha and pitta deficiency.
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

         Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1,B6 Thiamin Folate and Niacin, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber, proteins and carbohydrates. 
              Significant health benefits of sesame seeds include prevention and control of diabetes; reduction in risks of cancer; improving and support of bone health; as a strong anti-inflammatory agent; facilitating and improving colon health, digestion and preventing constipation; boosting oral health cellular growth and metabolic function.

              Sesame oil is immensely popular in India where its use in massage (Abhyanga) is part of everyday life and an important aspect of Ayurveda.

  •  Abhyanga (massage ) with warm sesame oil helps relieve stress, promotes blood circulation,promotes physical strength,nourishes muscles & bones,supports comfortable joint movement,promotes sound sleep patterns,supports the intellect & nervous system,nourishes skin and hair.
  • Applying a few drops of sesame oil in the nostrils as nasal drops helps in treating illnesses above your shoulders.  This aids in removing the toxins from the body, alleviate stress, sinusitis, allergies, headache, cold and wrinkles.

  • Sesame oil is completely safe for the use in children and is known to strengthen the bones, joints and muscles by penetrating deeply into the muscles and the bone marrow.

  • Massaging your head with warm Sesame oil stimulates hair growth, controls dandruff, nourishes the scalp, kills the infestation of lice, and eases anxiety and fatigue.

         May cause rash on skin and have severe reactions for those who are allergic to seeds and nuts.  Also, make sure you’re not allergic to sesame seeds before adding them to your dietary habits.

14 Comments to Benefits of Sesame seed/oil in Ayurveda:

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D'ingredients on Wednesday 9 March 2016 06:04
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Dr.Madhuri Sant on Wednesday 9 March 2016 11:42
Thanks for your comments.

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Sumi on Sunday 17 April 2016 23:39
Huge medical advantages of sesame seeds incorporate aversion and control of diabetes; lessening in dangers of disease; enhancing and backing of bone wellbeing; as a solid calming operators; encouraging and enhancing colon wellbeing, assimilation and forestalling stoppage; boosting oral wellbeing cell development and metabolic capacity. Thanks!
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Pallavi on Monday 16 January 2017 12:44
Excellent information! Thanks a lot to share all this detailed information with us.
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Shenika Keis on Monday 13 February 2017 06:11
I've been living in India since 5-6 months and i've been trying to learn more about Indian culture. Thanks for the insights on one of the festivsl and the advantage of sesame was a plus.
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Dr.Madhuri Sant on Monday 13 February 2017 20:08
Thankyou all for such wonderful comments.Please feel free to get in touch for any queries.
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