The Benefits of Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil is a potent antioxidant and the very best natural conditioner for the skin. When you rub it on, it doesn’t stop at the skin the way other oils and creams do. Sesame Oil penetrates to the very marrow of the bone. On the way, it gathers oil soluable toxins and wastes and takes them into the blood stream to be eliminated by the body as waste. It also neutralized oxygen radicals, which are thought to be one of the major causes of aging.

Environmental toxins cause the skin to look old, leathery, and tough. Sesame Oil molecules absorb quickly through the skin, into the tissue to stop inflammatory processes, making the skin look and feel youthful, soft, and resliient.

Sesame seed oil is also a natural sunscreen.  If used full strength, it has an SPF 0f 4.

Sesame Seed Oil is cited in the book The Answer to Cancer Is Never Giving it a Chance to Start by Hari Sharma, M.D., et. al., as a cancer preventative.

Sesame oil has a number of health promoting- qualities. First of all, it soaks through the skin really well, so it can work inside the body an not just on the skin. Also, a study by Dr. Edwards Smith found that people who practice daily sesame oil massage have significantly less bacteria on their skin, which may seem like a modest start to preventing cancer. But it’s a start. The bacteria killer in sesame oil is probably linoleic acid, which makes up 40 percent of the oil. Linoleic acid is also anti-inflammatory, which is good for keeping your joints working smoothly and helping avert arthritis. The oil as a whole is good for your joints. It lubricates them, which is something that joints really appreciate.

One study found that sesame oil actually has anti-cancer effects (particularly anti-skin cancer, which makes sense, and also anti-colon cancer effects. The second one doesn’t make as much sense right off the bat, but the oil seeps in to reach beond the surface of the body.) Japanese researchers have found that sesame oil contains antioxidants, which, of course, are the front line warriors against cancer.

Sesame oil is also a wonderful ingredient to use as a base for homemade lotions and oils. It has a pleasant nutty aroma, mixes well with the other ingredients and the final product absorbs quickly so the skin is left soft, supple, and not feeling greasy.


  1. It is significantly more effective than salt in treating dry nasal membranes.
  2. It is effective in targeting bacteria causing gingivitis.
  3. It contains oleic acid, an effective reducer of serum cholesterol.
  4. Ayurveda physicians use it to cure sinusitis and other conditions as nose drops, sniffed back into the sinuses.
  5. It is used as an anti-bacterial throat gargle.
  6. It helps joints and flexibility. When using a massage oil, stroke the long limbs up and down and use circular motions over all joints to stimulate the natural energy of the joints. Sesame Oil is an excellent carrier oil when mixed with essential oils.


Abhyanga is a vital part of Ayurvedic daily care and a key Marharishi Ayurveda technique for supple, youthful skin and overall good health.

Instructions for Daily Oil Massage (Abhyanga):

  1. Heat about 1/4 cup of cured oil to just above body temperature.
  2. Start by placing a small amount of the warmed oil on the palms and fingertips and vigorously massage the scalp. Massage the face and outer part of th ears also if you wish, but be gentle.
  3. Massage both the front and back of the neck, and the upper part of the spine.
  4. Massage the arms next, using a long, back and forth motion over the long bones and a circular motion over the joints. Massage both arms thoroughly, including hands and fingers.
  5. Use a very gentle, circular motion to massage over the heart and a clockwise circular motion gently over the abdomen.
  6. Massage the back and spine next, being careful not to over stretch.
  7. Massage legs using the same long motion over the leg bones and circular motion over the joints, the same as the arms.
  8. Last, massage the feet. Use the open part of your hand to massage vigorously back and forth over the soles. Wait about 10-15 minutes, if time allows before showering or bathing.


Recipe for Sesame Oil Lotion

If you don’t have the time to perform the massage daily, you can obtain great benefits from the use of Sesame Oil Lotion. This is very easy to make yourself. The recipe below is adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe for Rosemary’s Perfect Cream. The recipe is sized perfect for a Magic Bullet, but a blender can be used as well.

2/3 cup distilled water
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
essential oil of choice
3/4 cup sesame oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 oz beeswax

Place distilled water, aloe vera gel, and essential oil in Magic Bullet cup. Place sesame oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in pan over very low heat. Heat just long enough to melt. Pour oils into the Magic Bullet cup and blend until creamy. Pour into cream or lotion jars. Store in a cool location.

Why Organic? Commercial oils, grown by agribusiness, use all the agricultural poisions necessary to produce the largest crop. Thre are no molecules of those poisons in organic oil.

Why Cold Pressed? Commercial oils are extracted with strong petroleum based solvents and heat to 450 degrees F. Such heat changes the excellent monounsaturated (oleic acid) fats to trans fats which are poisonous to the body.

Order Organic Sesame Seed Oil from Marharishi Ayurveda

Shop for the book The Answer to Cancer is Never Giving it a Chance to Start by Hari Sharma, M.D., & Rama K. Mishra, G.A.M.S. with James G. Meade, Ph.D.

Shop for the book Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family


Gladstar, R. (2008). Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. New York: Story Publishing.
Marharishi Ayurveda. “Total Health Solutions” Spring 2010.
Sharma, H., Mishra, R. and Meade, J. “The Answer to Cancer is Never Giving it a Chance to Start”. pp. 114-115. New York: Select Books, Inc., 2002.

Related Links:

Basic Ayurvedic Massage Oil Formulas
Effortless Ayurvedic Beauty Program
Health Improvement: Use Sound Therapy to Improve Your Health
Maharishi Ayurveda
The Benefits of Sesame Oil
Your Beautiful Healthy Skin

Disclaimer: The statements in this article are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by or sanctioned by the FDA. Only your doctor can properly diagnose and treat any disease or disorder. The remedies discussed herein are not meant to treat or cure any type of disease. The user understands that the above information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or a pharmacist.

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Becki Baumgartner

Herbalist, Certified Tennessee Naturalist, Certified Reiki Master at
Becki Baumgartner is a certified member of the Academy of Integrated Health & Medicine. Becki graduated from Clayton College in 2011 with a BS in Natural Health, Minor in Herbology, obtained her Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Certification in 2012, and her Tennessee Naturalist Certification in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Master Herbalist Program at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She has been a Lead Investigator for Volunteer State Paranormal Research since 2010 and in 2012 joined Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, an Alternative Medicine Veterinary Clinic, as Practice Manager and Herbalist. She is also a volunteer naturalist for Metro Parks and the Nashville Medical Reserve Corps, facilitates a weekly Reiki Share at Center of Symmetry in Nashville, and facilitates Reiki, Herbology and Alternative Health classes and workshops in the Nashville Area. Chat with Becki on Google+ | LinkedIn | Facebook


  1. i have been suffering from sinusitis for so many years and i can only relieve the stuffiness of the nose by means of decongestants.”-~

  2. i have been suffering from sinusitis for so many years and i can only relieve the stuffiness of the nose by means of decongestants.”.`

  3. there are also some alternative medicines that you can try for sinusitis. i have tried some herbal stuffs and it is good for relieving sinusitis too. **

  4. I love the feeling of sesame oil! Trying it once, made me ditch my old lotions, because who wants chemicals soaking into your skin, when you can have something that is all natural, and good for you on so many levels. Thanks for the great article on this!


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