You have probably had sesame seeds on your sesame seed bun! You will soon see that these seeds are so good for us, there should be more people talking about it!
Hair and Skin Benefits
Sesame oil is easily absorbed through the skin and makes a great oil to massage the scalp. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory, making it a good oil to treat dandruff, by killing the bacteria behind it. It is also used in hair care to seal in moisture. In the East, it is also said to darken and enrich the color of the hair.
There are many internal benefits. Sesame oil also contains many antioxidants and is an anti-depressant due to its magnesium content. Magnesium is a mineral that is often used in the body when it is experiencing negative stress. Note, there is also magnesium in chocolate. It is also aids in lowering blood pressure.
It is also good for the bones, due to its zinc content.
Reduces PMS symptoms.
Protects against cancers, including colon.
It also aids in collagen production, which is great for skin, bones, and cartilage.
How do I Incorporate them?
It is best to eat the seeds, or tahini, and apply the sesame oil topically. When you eat the seeds, you receive all the benefits, sesame has to offer, including the fiber. When you eat the seeds instead of the oil, as with any food, you receive less calories for the amount. Also, most seeds and nuts including sesame need to be soaked or roasted to activate all of their nutrients to be released into you.
Something else I just learned (this is why I like writing for you all, it helps me learn new things too!), is that tahini is made either with hulled sesame seeds or with unhulled sesame seeds, this refers to the outer edible covering of the sesame. This hull contains nutrients, so it is best to get a tahini and the seeds unhulled.
Personally, I love the taste of sesame/tahini and have started using it in place of peanut butter (being a peanut butter lover, I needed a replacement), because peanuts and cashews are known to contain toxic molds (Kimberly Synder, The Beauty Detox Foods). I enjoy it with a lil salt and honey, since my tahini only contains sesame seeds. I also love them in homemade crackers.
I was in a quick pinch for a snack and made these, hair lovin treats, enjoy!
Tahini Boost Balls Recipe
These are great for a quick, energy boosting snack! They are creamy, slightly sweet, and chewy. Note, I'm estimating the ingredients, so you may need to add a little more tahini to make them form into balls.
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp oatmeal old fashioned, uncooked
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp coconut flakes
Mix everything together in a bowl. With a spoon, or clean hands form them into small balls and apply a little pressure by gently squeezing them in your hand to get them to stay together. Serve and enjoy.
A great website for more information on sesame seeds history, tahini treats, and health benefits.