Botanical Name: Sesamum indicum
Extraction method: Cold Pressed [The cold pressed extraction method yields a higher quality oil (more vitamins, minerals etc) compared to extraction methods that use chemicals or heat.]
Color: Light yellow
Aroma: Fairly Bland
Benefits: It is a natural antibacterial for common skin pathogens and for skin fungi such as athlete’s foot fungus. It is also naturally antiviral and is an anti-inflammatory agent. It is a very potent antioxidant and will neutralize free radicals underneath the skin. It penetrates the skin easily and quickly. It is a conditioning and moisturizing agent for the skin and keeps skin soft and supple. It will also help heal scrapes, abrasions and cuts. It has some astringent abilities as it helps to tighten pores. It is also good for acne and oily skin as it controls eruptions and destroys bacteria.
Viscosity: Mildly thick
Common Uses: Sesame Oil is popular in cosmetics as a natural moisturizer and can be added to lotions, soaps, creams, body oils and cleansers. It is a great ingredient for soap because of its high content of linoleic acid and its high amount of unsaponifiables. These unsaponifiables are the oil components remain unchanged in the soap making process, offering therapeutic properties to the bar. Similarly, it is a good choice for massage therapists and aromatherapists alike. It is an excellent emollient, and if used in dilution with other carrier oils, is a popular massage and aromatherapy carrier oil. It will not stain sheets. It is also used in perfumes, insecticides, paints and pharmaceuticals.
Absorption: Penetrates skin easily but does leave an oily residue.
Shelf Life: 1 year
Cautions: Those who are allergic to Peanuts or any nuts are likely to be allergic to Sesame seeds or Sesame oil. Allergies to any nut, Peanuts, Sesame seeds or Sesame oil can lead to anaphylactic shock which can be fatal. For external use only.
Vitamins / Minerals / Lipids contained: Sesame Oil is rich in vitamins E and B, and in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It contains trace amounts of palmitoleic fatty acid and about 12% palmitic, 6% of stearic and up to 50% oleic and 50% linoleic fatty acids.
Plant / Oil History: Sesame seeds were one of the first crops that were processed for oil and have been used in Babylon and Assyria at least 4,000 years ago. Today, China and India are the world’s biggest producers of this oil amongst others. Sesame oil was also one of the earliest condiments. Before 600 B.C. wealthy Assyrians were using sesame oil as a food, as a salve and as a medication. In the 1930’s Sesame oil was introduced into the United States although production has been limited because of the lack of cultivars that can be harvested mechanically. Most of the U.S. imports of sesame seed and sesame oil come primarily from South America.
Plant / Oil Description: The Sesame plant is an erect annual that grows to a height of 20-60 inches which is dependent on the environment and the variety grown. Some varieties do not have any branches while others are highly branched. Leaves are varied in shape and size and can be alternating or opposite. The flowers of the Sesame are bell shaped and develop in the leaf axils 6-8 weeks after planting. This flowering continues for many weeks. They are white to pale rose in color.
Plant Habitat: The Sesame plant is a drought tolerant plant because of its extensively branched feeder root system. It does require moisture for germination and early growth and for reasonable yields it requires a rainfall of at least 20-26 inches but cannot tolerate continual wet conditions. It is sturdy and adaptable to most soil types however it grows best in fertile, well drained soil of medium texture with a neutral pH.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark location.
Where to Buy: You can buy wholesale Sesame Oil by the gallon at SoapGoods.com, your favorite supplier for bulk Sesame Oil.
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