Magic Phrase – “Open Sesame”:
It is thought that in the “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” story of “Arabian nights”, there is a “Magic Phrase” and it is “Open Sesame”. It actually refers to the sesame tree. Sesame seeds grow in a coating that opens when turned. It is thought that the “Open Sesame” indicates the opening of the treasury.
Sesame is a flowering plant. Many of its species are found in Africa and some in various parts of India. It is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world for edible seeds. It’s botanical name is ’Sesamum Indicum’. The sesame is a perennial plant that is about 6 to 7 cm (3.5 to 1.5 ft) in length, and its opposite leaves are usually 5 to 7 cm (5 to 8.5 in) in length and broadly oblong, with a space in the middle up to 5 cm (2 inches). The tree is tubular. The flowers are of a simple blue colour and each of the fruit has a seed. As a result, there are many seeds in the groove section. Seeds are usually 5 mm in Length and 2 mm in width. The thickness of the seed is 5 mm. The weight of each seed is 20 mg – 3 mg.
Basic Ingradients of Sesame Seeds, Whole, Dried
|Nutrient||Unit||1Value per 100 g||1 cup = 144.0g||1 tbsp = 9.0g|
|Total lipid (fat)||g||49.67||71.52||4.47|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||g||23.45||33.77||2.11|
|Fiber, total dietary||g||11.8||17||1.1|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||mg||0||0||0|
|Vitamin A, RAE||µg||0||0||0|
|Vitamin A, IU||IU||9||13||1|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||mg||0.25||0.36||0.02|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3)||µg||0||0||0|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||µg||0||0||0|
|Fatty acids, total saturated||g||6.957||10.018||0.626|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated||g||18.759||27.013||1.688|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated||g||21.773||31.353||1.96|
|Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference 1 April 2018|
Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
- Reduced Fat:
In the morning, one teaspoon of black sesame seeds should be swallowed when it becomes soft after chewing. It helps to reduce unnecessary fats of our body.
- Increase Growth Rate:
Sesame is very beneficial for those whose body growth rate is very low.
- Remove Boil Wounds:
It is very helpful to remove the boil nasty wounds.
- Remove Teeth and Gum Disease:
Sesame helps to remove teeth and gums disease.
- Increase Energy Level:
Sesame seeds provide the energy needed for daily tasks.
- Heal Lungs Problem:
It contains calcium and phosphorus. So it relieves the lungs problems and protects the bone from osteoporosis.
- Get Rid of Weakness:
Consumption of sesame seeds is a treatment of general body weakness, fatigue and increases vitality.
- Control Muscle Formation and Movement:
Sesame Seeds are high-protein diet that helps to control muscle formation and movement.
- Control Function of Neurons:
It helps to control the function of neurons.
- Increase Immunity:
Sesame Seeds increase immunity in human body and fight off various diseases.
- Heal Wounds:
Sesame seeds contain a high amount of zinc. Therefore, it helps the healing wounds quickly. If fresh sores or wounds do not heal, then apply a mixture of sesame seeds powder, honey and ghee. It will make the wound dry early.
- Prevent Cancer:
It works to prevent cancer, (such as colon cancer and skin cancer etc.).
- Improve Eye Sight:
Sesame seeds improve eye sight as sesame seeds contain high source of Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
- Reduce Hair Fall:
Black sesame seeds help to prevent hair fall as well as premature greyness of hair.
- Help to prevent Delivery Bleeding:
To consume black sesame powder mixed with honey is helpful to prevent post delivery and pre delivery bleeding in case of pregnant.
- Control Child Wetting Bed:
Consumption of black sesame seeds is helpful to cure the problems of those children who urinate in bed at night.
- Control Irregular Menstruation:
Sesame oil should be taken in case of irregular and painful menstruation. Grind two teaspoons of sesame seeds and boil them in a glass of water. Let it to be a quarter of glass, and then make it cool and drink. These practices should be done for one month at least.
- Treat Blood in Stool:
An amount of grinded sesame seeds and sugar are to be mixed with pure honey. Consumption of said mixture is helpful to prevent bleeding with stool in case of children.
- Strengthen Teeth and Gums:
Weak teeth and gums can be strengthened with regular consumption of sesame seeds.
- Heal Blood Dysentery:
In case of blood dysentery, grinded black sesame seeds with double quantity of sugar are to be mixed with goat’s milk and to be consumed the liquid once daily for seven days.
- Heal Burnt Skin:
In case of burning, a mixture of grinded sesame seeds, ghee and camphor should be applied on burnt area. It will help to recovery the burnt skin.
- Reduce Headache:
Consumption of sesame seeds helps to reduce headaches.
- Remove Irritation:
If any part of the body is very irritating, then the mixture of sesame powder and milk is to be applied. It will remove the inflammation or irritation.
Health Benefits of Sesame Oil
There are widespread use of sesame oil in Herbal (Ayurveda) and other traditional medicines. It has encouraged modern researchers to look into the curative utility of the oil. The various supplements of this oil provide a well-balanced and healthy life. Let’s see how.
- Hair Nutrition:
Sesame oil has a nutritional effect on your scalp and hair. Massaging with this oil will not only protect your hair from damage to UV rays, it also prevents hair drying and tightens your hair follicles.
- Skin Care:
Sesame oil prevents skin infections, protects your skin from the heat of the sun and helps reduce skin dryness. Being an antioxidant, sesame oil delays the aging of the skin.
- Improves Bone Health:
Sesame oil is a great source of zinc and calcium. Both of these minerals help keep bone structure healthy and prevent osteoporosis. The oil also contains a number of biochemical ingredients that reduce inflammation and joint pain during arthritis.
- Mouth Freshener:
Sesame oil contains a natural antibacterial compound, which presents it as an excellent alternative to cleansing the mouth and preventing tooth decay.
- Improves Cardiovascular Health:
Regular use of sesame oil is known to control cholesterol levels in the body as it is mainly composed of poly unsaturated fats. Being a rich antioxidant ingredient, sesame oil prevents atherosclerosis and protects your heart from the debilitating effects of oxidative stress.
- Cure Clod & Coughs:
Black sesame oil is very important in the treatment of colds, coughs and chest infection.
- Brightens Skin:
Sesame oil brightens the skin colour and eliminates minor impurities in the body.
Side Effects of Sesame Oil
Use of sesame oil is not recommended for those taking anticoagulants such as aspirin, heparin, etc. Sesame oil dilutes blood, so taking both things at the same time can be harmful.
Increased allergies have been reported in people who eat sesame oil. If you notice any symptoms of allergy after eating sesame oil, seek immediate medical help.