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Sesame: prized for its oil and for its seeds

Sesame: prized for its oil and for its seeds

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Belonging to the Pedaliaceae family, sesame is an annual plant mainly cultivated in Asia and Africa.

This oilseed plant is highly prized for its edible seeds with therapeutic properties.

We recognize in sesame seeds a great wealthnutritious.

In the form ofoilfor cooking or in salads, sesame seeds are also recognized cosmetic virtues.

Sesame, for the record

Appeared towards the end of 13ecentury(more precisely in 1298), the word "sesame»Draws its etymological root from Greek"Sesamon" - itself derived from a language of the eastern Mediterranean basin - which would mean "oil”Or“ bold ”.

Sesame has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. It is said to originate from the African continent and has spread to the oldest Asian temples (India, China and Japan).

It occupied a very important place in pharmacopoeiaand during traditional ceremonies. The Babylonians also used it for medicinal preparations made from wine and plants.

If archaeological excavations have revealed that the sesameis the symbol ofimmortalityin ayurvedic medicineAmerica is also known to have discovered this plant - called "beni" or "dumpster" - during slavery.

In France, it is only since 1970 that the term is used, and from its popularity were born the tales of "Thousand and one nights" and its so called "magic" powers.

Medicinal properties of sesame

We find up to 20% of protein, minerals and of vitamins(A, E, B1, B3, B6 B9 or folate).

It is rich intrace elements(potassium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, chromium, copper, selenium, silica, manganese, nickel, calcium).

Sesame is also rich in tryptophan and methionine.

Very precious, its seeds with a nutty taste, contain around 55% oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids, lignans and phytosteroles.

Medicinal benefits of sesame

A real nutritional treasure, unshelled sesame seeds (preferably) are an excellent depurative: they promote digestionand intestinal transit thanks to fibersthat they contain.

Recognized for its actionantioxidant, sesame seed supports the activities of the liver, and the heart, and thanks to lecithin, stimulates intellectual activity.

It is also assigned properties anti-inflammatoryand analgesic to treat neuralgia, rheumatic and joint pain.

It is used for:

- relaxing massages,

- fight against cell aging,

- regulate, soften and soften the skin,

- strengthen hair and nail beauty.

Considered as tonic, emollient and diuretic, sesame seeds effectively treat urinary disorders, prevent gallstones, fight certain hormonal cancers (breast and prostate cancers) and are indicated in pregnant women for their antispasmodic effects and anti-infective and those favorable for lactation.

Good to know

In the West, black sesame is often indicated as a basis of treatment for:

  • constitutional weakness,
  • bloody hemorrhoids,
  • thrombocytopenic purpura,
  • asthma in the elderly,
  • anemia,
  • diabetes,
  • convalescence.

Video: DIY Sesame Oil Ver #1. How To Make Sesame Oil at Home (August 2022).