Sesame oil is derived from the seeds of sesame plant, also known as Sesamum indicum, which is native to India and East Africa but currently grown all over the world. These seeds were one of the first crops used to process oil and were the main crop during the Indus Valley civilisation. It is thought to have originated from here and later spread across all of Asia. It has been used in the Mediterranean for thousands of years as it is thought to be a symbol of health and prosperity among ancient folklores.
Sesame oil is often used as part of Ayurvedic medicine, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, which combines a range of treatments and techniques, including massage.
Benefits of using sesame oil in massage
Known by several names throughout the world, sesame oil is composed of a variety of fatty acids, which makes it ideal for massage therapy.
- It’s a source of vitamin E and massage therapists love using it topically as a lubricant during bodywork sessions. It reduces the appearance of stretch marks, prevents age spots (it consists of antioxidants that helps reduce anti-ageing effects.), repairs damaged skin and improves moisture in the skin giving it a healthy glow.
- When applied on the skin, it boosts the immune function; helps ease anxiety as well as improving the circulation according to the Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine.
- Furthermore, this lubricant also helps in relieving fatigue, insomnia and lethargy while promoting vitality, strength and blood circulation in the whole body. When it soaks into the skin, it aids in relaxing muscles and treating muscle spasms too.
- Self-massage is also a fundamental part of Ayurvedic health regimen and rubbing sesame oil into the soles of your feet helps in a more restful night sleep according to Danielle Flug Capalino MSPH, RD of New York City.
- In Ayurvedic treatments, sesame oil is especially useful for detoxifying, nourishing and treating complications like constipation, bloating, anxiety, poor circulation and excessive dryness.
- With its high copper, calcium, zinc, magnesium and manganese properties, sesame oil boosts the bone mineral density and provides relief in arthritis patients.
- The secret to curing hair conditions like premature greying, dandruff and hair loss also lies in this very essential oil. Add a scalp massage for strong, shiny hair.
- Sesame oil is a key ingredient in high-quality massage creams. Massage therapists who like to stick with the texture of massage cream should look for it in their next lubricant purchase.
The bottom line
Thanks to all the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, we have a lifesaver here! Who knew one essential oil could have so many potential benefits. So, if you’re looking for an essential oil, which can help with problems with your joints, bones, hair and more why not ask for your masseuse to use sesame oil? Book a treatment now.