Sesame and Sesame Oil Benefits – Total Ayurveda Details

Sesame is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic medicines. If sesame seeds were not there, I would say, 40 % of Ayurvedic formulas would have been non-existent. Sesame is used in multiple dosage forms – powder, paste, oil, in the form of sesame recipes. The wonder herb is used in multiple ways through different routes of administration. Externally, internally, orally, over the eyes, nasally, rectally etc. It is high time that we explore the sesame benefits. 

Sesame seeds

Sesame facts:
Botanical name: Sesamum indicum Linn. Ayurvedic Name: Tila.

Difference between black and white sesame seeds:
There is no much difference between the two. The white variety is hulled black sesame seed. Black contains more calcium content that the white.
As per Bhavaprakasha –
कृष्णः श्रेष्ठतमस्तेषु शुक्रलो मध्यमः सितः |
अन्ये हीनतरः प्रोक्तास्तज्ज्ञै रक्तादयस्तिलाः ||५५||
The black sesame seeds are the best. White is of medium quality and rest sesame seeds including red are of inferior quality.

Sesame synonyms: benne seed, til, sim sim, abongra, Hu ma, Zhi ma, Sesamzaad, Cham kkae,Sesamo, Shiro goma,  Semilla de ajonjolí, Sesam, Sésamo, Sezam indyjski. Graines de sesame, Sésame blanc.

Indian Synonyms of sesame: Tila, Til, Ellu, Tara, Gumbulu etc.

Used parts:Sesame  Seed, oil and whole plant. The whole plant is used in the preparation of special Ayurvedic medicine called Tila Kshara.

Sesame oil composition: Sesame is rich in Vitamin E. Hence acts as a natural anti oxidant. It also contains Vitamin K. Sesame contains magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin B6.

Sesame seed benefits:
Master Charaka – Of all the varieties of oil, sesame oil is best for improving strength and imparting oiliness to the body. (Charaka sutrasthana 13th chapter).
Master Sushruta enlists Ayurvedic properties of Sesame with the following terms. All these terms can be attributed to sesame seed benefits or benefits of sesame oil.  –

Dantya – Good for teeth. Hence sesame is used in three ways for good teeth.

  • Advised for chewing.
  • Its paste is kept at the place of tooth ache.
  • sesame oil is used for oil pulling.

In conditions like tingling of the teeth, weak teeth, and disease of the mouth caused by Vata imbalance, water mixed with sesame seed paste is held in the mouth for 3 – 5 minutes. It is called as Gandusha treatment. (Reference)

Pathya – One of the things to be taken regularly.
Hence sesame oil is one of the widely used oil for cooking in the Indian household.

Agni janana – Improves digestive power.
Medha janana – Improves intelligence.
Vranashodhana – Cleanses wounds.

  • Sesame is made into the form of paste is traditionally applied over wounds for quick wound healing.
  • Sesame oil is used for oil pulling to heal mouth ulcers.
  • Sesame oil is processed with many herbs having wound healing property to prepare wound healing oils.

Twachya, Balya, Keshya – Improves the quality of skin and hair. Improves overall strength. If you ever wish to do a massage with some oil, please consider sesame oil. Sesame oil is used as the base for most of the herbal oils.
Sesame calms Vata  and Kapha, slightly increases Pitta.
Sesame oil is an excellent laxative.
Sesame oil is an excellent skin moisturizer and skin softener.

Sesame oil is a safe oil for massage of babies and children.  It helps to strengthen the bones, muscles and joints.
Sesame oil is used for massage, Shirodhara, etc procedures which help to calm the mind and induce deep relaxation and helps to have natural sleep and relieves headache.

various uses of sesame –

  • Sesame oil is used in Ayurveda for food preparation, massage, oil pulling.
  • Sesame oil is used as a base to prepare many medicated oils which are used in panchakarma procedures like Basti.
  • Sesame paste is used for internal administration and also for application over wound.
  • Oil prepared with Sesame oil base is used for nasal installation, as ear drops etc.
  • Sesame seeds are used in various food recipes.

Ayurvedic medicines with Sesame oil as ingredient:
90 % of the herbal oils of Ayurveda are prepared with Sesame oil base.
Sesame oil is also used as ingredient in many herbal jams like Kalyanagulam

Sesame Oil - Til tail

Benefits of sesame oil head massage:
One who applies sesame oil on his head regularly does not suffer from headache, baldness, graying of hair, nor do this hair fall. Strength of his head forehead is specially enhanced; his hair become black, long and deep-rooted; his sense organs work properly; the skin of his face becomes brightened; applying sesame oil on the head produces sound sleep and happiness. (reference)
Related: Why sesame oil is better than coconut oil for your hair?

Sesame oil qualities:
Rasa – taste – Madhura – sweet, Tikta – Bitter
Anurasa – kashaya – Astringent sub-taste.
Guna – qualities:
Sukshma – minute, enters minute body channels
Ushna – hot
Vyavayi – gets absorbed and enters body channels very quickly.
Teekshna – strong, piercing,
Vishada – clear, clarity
Guru – heaviness
Sara – eases bowel movement s
Vikasi – loosens joints
Lekhana – scraping.
Vipaka – Madhura – Undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Ushna – Hot potency
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha Dosha, Slightly increases Pitta Dosha
Balakara – improves strength and immunity
Deepana – improves digestion strength
Shrothovishodhan – clears and cleanses body channels
Tvachya – good for skin
Vrushya – aphrodisiac, improves vigor
Vayasthapana – anti aging, rejuvenating
Medhakara – Improves intelligence
Smrithikara – improves memory

It is sweet with accompanying astringent taste, suitable(can penetrate through the suitable channels of the body), hot in potency and Vyavayi (which undergoes Paka or chemical change after it is pervaded all over the body). It aggravates Pitta, binds bowel and reduces the quantity of urine but it does not aggravate kapha. It is the best among the balances Vata. It promotes strength, skin health,, intelligence and power of digestion. In combination with various drugs (Samyoga), seasamum oil is said to cure all diseases. In the ancient time, kings of demons, by virtue of the use of oil overcame aging, got rid of diseases as well as fatigue-less, acquired great strength instantaneously and fought battles( successfully). – Charaka Sutrasthana 27

A simple tip: If you use sesame oil for massage, better to follow it up with hot water bath. It helps to calm Vata, and also to get rid of oil from skin. The gap between the massage and bath can be  half an hour to many hours. Longer the gap, better the effect.

Question: Can application of plain Sesame oil in knees and legs at night before going to sleep lead to developing pains? I have a vatha body. And I have developed such pain. Only thing I am doing differently these days is applying plain sesame oil in eye lids, sole of foot and lil on knees and legs like moisturiser. What am I doing wrong here? Thank you for your time. looking forward to hearing from you.
There are two probabilities:
1. The sesame oil that you are using might have moisture in it, causing the pain. To rule out this possibility, I suggest you to heat the oil for 2 – 3 minutes in mild fire before application.
2. If there is hidden stiffness in your joints, then applying oil can cause increased stiffness and pain. To rule this out, Take a teaspoon of black pepper, add it to 200 ml of sesame oil and heat it for 4 – 5 minutes, filter it and store in an air tight container. Or Use Maha Narayana oil for applying, in place of regular oil.

Sesame paste for amenorrhoea –
In women having delayed periods, a tablespoon of sesame seeds are soaked in water overnight. Next day morning, it is taken out of water, mixed with half a tablespoon of jaggery, mixed thoroughly to make it a paste and is administered to the patient.
The process is repeated for up to 5-7 days, before expected date for periods.

Sesame seed paste for hemorrhoids:
If there are no secretions from hemorrhoids, sesame oil is applied over the mass. Then, sesame seeds are taken in a cloth pack and local fomentation is given. This is done to relieve pain, swelling and the size of the mass. (Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana, 14th chapter)

Does hotness of sesame oil worsen graying of hairs?
Pitta is responsible for grey hairs. Pitta means hotness.
Most of the hair oils are based with sesame oil. Sesame oil is hot in nature.
So, does not sesame oil, being hot, increase pitta and worsen grey hairs?

Sesame oil qualities:
These two are listed as qualities of Sesame oil –
Twachya – Good for skin, hence used as base for so many Ayurvedic oils for skin diseases.
– improves quality of hair. Keshya word encompasses – promoting hair growth, reducing hair fall, and relieving grey hairs.

So, irrespective of hotness, sesame oil contains enough phyto-nutrients to promote hair qualities.

Hotness of sesame oil – Useful in better absorption:
Anything that is being applied on the skin surface, if it has to get absorbed well, it needs to have some hotness. This is because of two reasons.
1. Skin absorption is handled by a type of Pitta called Bhrajaka Pitta.
2. Skin absorption is also a type of digestion. Digestion only happens with hotness (Pitta).

In preparing hair oils, as we have seen before,

Sesame oil is added with water and a few herbs, boiled till the total water evaporates. This is done to get all the useful nutrients from the herbs into the oil.

The job of sesame oil is to transfer these herb nutrients into the scalp skin. So, it, being hot does that job very well.

So, if we add other spicy items to the oil, like pepper, ginger etc, then they will add to the hotness of the oil, leading to worsening of grey hairs.
But in most of the hair oils, used for treating grey hairs, like Neelibhringadi oil, Kayyunyadi oil etc, milk is added as an ingredient. This is because, milk acts as coolant, pacifies Pitta and relieves grey hairs.
For this same reason, amla is also added. Amla, being coolant, helps to balance Pitta.

So, bottom line is,
hotness of sesame oil is useful for better absorption of herb nutrients into the scalp skin.
The slight hotness is balanced out by the usage of ingredients like milk and amla, which would ensure that the overall hotness is not too much to cause Pitta increase.

Sesame oil for enema:
In case of Ascites with Vata Dosha predominance, Til Tel, processed with sour herbs is administered as enema (reference: Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 13th chapter)

Sesame oil side effects:
Excess consumption of til oil causes Hikka – hiccups and Shwasa – respiratory disorders with difficulty in breathing. (Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 17th chapter).

Importance of (sesame) Oil in curing Vatika diseases
नास्ति तैलात् परं किञ्चिदौषधं मारुतापहम्|
व्यवाय्युष्ण गुरु स्नेहात् संस्काराद्वलवत्तरम्||१८१||
गणैर्वातहरैस्तस्माच्छतशोऽथ सहस्रशः|
सिद्धं क्षिप्रतरं हन्ति सूक्ष्म मार्ग स्थितान् गदान्||१८२||
nāsti tailāt paraṃ kiñcidauṣadhaṃ mārutāpaham|
vyavāyyuṣṇa guru snehāt saṃskārādvalavattaram||181||
gaṇairvātaharaistasmācchataśo’tha sahasraśaḥ|
siddhaṃ kṣiprataraṃ hanti sūkṣma mārga sthitān gadān||182||- Charaka Chikitsa sthana 28.

There is no medication which excels oil in curing Vatika diseases because of its Vyavayi (which pervades the body before going through the Process of digestion), hot heavy and unctuous properties. When cooked or processed with other drugs, it becomes more powerful therapeutically.
Therefore, oil is cooked for 100 and 1000 times with the group of drugs which all alleviate Vayu. Such medicated oils cure diseases located in the minutest channels of the body quickly.

For plants to flower in all seasons:
Mixture of Sesame oil cakes, Vidanga (Embelia ribes), sugar cane juice and cow dung is sprinkled to the root of a plant. This practice enables flowering of the plant in all the seasons. (Reference: Vriksha Ayurveda)

Sesame oil for Vata Dosha:
Continuous use of sesame oil alleviates Vata, as oil is unctuous, hot and heavy, vata being dry, cold and light is of the opposite nature. When there is the interaction between substances having mutually opposite qualities, the stronger dominates over the weaker; therefore continuous use of oil alleviates Vata, both externally and internally. (Charaka Samhita, Vimana Sthana 1/14)

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  1. Is Sesame oil the best for cooking?

  2. thanks for your insight on sesame oil. Will massaging with sesame oil cause body hair growth or make the complexion dark ?

    • sesame oil massage neither promote body hair growth, nor it would make the complexion dark.
      Rather, sesame oil will help in improving blood circulation to the skin and tissues, and help remove dead skin cells and improve skin quality and texture.


      whether Oral intake of sesame oil in the empty stomoch for free motion is advisable

      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

        For the purpose of free motion, there are many other herbs and medicines, than sesame oil.

  3. can sesame oil be taken orally mixed with warm soup and if so how much for a day

  4. I heard that oil pulling with sesame or sunflower oil is an
    old Ayurvedic traetment. Is it so? if yes could you tell me about it?

  5. Srinivas says:

    Very nice article. Could you please answer my query?
    My body appears hot most of the times, when it is so i feel not good, if somebody touches my hands they ask me why your body is hot? lips also get dry. Can I apply sesame oil on my body to bring it to normal? how frequently can I do this?

    Thanks in advance

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear Mr Srinivas,
      Coconut oil application would help more than sesame oil.
      Try this very easy to prepare coriander drink

      • Hello Sir,

        I am pregnent(7th month),is it good to use sesame oil for the body massage?till the due date?
        2.My feets ands palms are always hot,which is uncomfertable,so is that a good idea to use sesame oil for the body massage in this situation?
        3.In pregenecy is that good to take the above drink you have mentioned?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          During pregnancy, sesame oil can be used for body massage, but massage should be very mild and gentle. But care should be taken while massaging stomach, chest and back areas. I would only recommend just gentle application in these areas. The general feeling of hot palms and feet will go away naturally. Do not bother taking the coriander drink.

  6. yashwant says:

    sesame seeds is very best seeds

    i want to sesame oil how can purchase

  7. is it best for premature ejaculation???

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are many good herbal medicines and techniques to resolve premature ejaculation.

  8. Dear Sir,

    I just had an ACL reconstruction surgery & Arthroscopy. Will the sesame oil help if I use it to massage around my knee?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it will help but I would rather suggest to consult an Ayurvedic doctor and get a more suitable massage oil.

  9. samantha says:

    i am loosing hair on forehead area i started eating black and white sesame i have gastritis will it be a problem and tell me a easy way to eat row sesame

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I do not think there is a relationship between losing hair and eating sesame. You may also use sesame in food articles, apart from eating it raw. regards

  10. Does sesame seeds and oil help in reduction of high BP. If yes then how many spoons should be consumed?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it helps. Ideally one – 2 spoons of sesame seeds is more than enough per day.
      Along with it, regular exercise, salt, oil, non veg diet restriction, Yoga, Pranayama, avoiding junk food and aerated drinks are other ways to get the BP under control. Having said that it is best to consult your doctor for regular BP monitoring and advice.

  11. thanks for your help .

  12. Sirishasundar says:

    I use sesame oil for curries and tadkas. Can I use it while planning for pregnancy.

  13. Anny Muka says:

    Thanks for those informations,can you tell me about the benefits of sesame leaves.regards

  14. varsha rohra says:

    which oil is gd for cooking til oil or olive oil as my cholestrol level is high

  15. ABDUL SHAKOOR says:

    if i apply sesame oil on body and go for sea bath is it any benefit for my body?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it would benefit. Due to Sun exposure, the benefits of sesame oil will be enhanced.

  16. Thank you for such a beautiful and very helpful post
    I wanted to ask does sesame oil applied on face and neck will give a soft and supple skin with natural skin glow…i mean my skin has tanned and its texture has become very rough will it help in giving natural texture to skin…and can i use at night as a moisture or can i use for the whole day too …and it is necessary to take hot bath everyday as i am going to apply sesame oil or natural water temperature is fine

    Application of sesame oil help in softening hair ?…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Daily application of sesame oil helps to soften skin and hair. Yes, it improves glow.
      You can use it in night, in very small quantity. Just a thin layer of application is good.
      You can wash off with normal water also, but warm water is just a better choice.

  17. i have probelm of piles last i years sesame oil is benefit for me

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I suggest you to consult an Ayurvedic doctor for complete treatment of piles. You can take Sesame oil.

      • Manikandan says:

        Does Sesame oil prevent hair fall? Can i apply sesame oil for hair at night time & How much should i apply for hair & skin?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Yes it prevents hair fall. You can apply at night. Just as any hair oil quantity is good enough. For body, around 5 spoons of oil is good enough for a self massage.

  18. Very good information.. My query is Can we apply sesame oil directly to body(face also) or we have to mix it with any other oil?How much quantity of oil is good enough to whole body, are there any restrictions like not to use more oil at a time??

  19. Mohammed says:

    Is sesame oil cures Psoriasis? I am suffering with Dandruff for 20 years now, i have used many shampoos (Expensive ones included) regularly but works only for the day. I am not sure if its a dandruff or Psoriasis. I have purchased Sesame seeds from a store and processed pure for Oil. I am not sure if it is a Cold Pressed or not. Can this oil cures Psoriasis/Dandruff. thanks & regards,

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I would say, it helps in relieving dandruff / psoriasis to some extent but it might not alone cure it. Consult an Ayurvedic doctor for a detailed check up.

      • Mohammed says:

        I have purchased Sesame seeds from a store and processed pure for Oil. I am not sure if it is a Cold Pressed or not. Can i use this oil for face and hair without knowing what kind of process? Thanks

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Yes, you can surely use it, irrespective of its method of processing. No problem. For external application, it does not make much of a difference.


  21. Anubhav jain says:

    in which season we can use it ?

  22. can we use it to control premature ejaculation. If yes than please tell how.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are better herbs and medicines in Ayurveda for premature ejaculation. Please consult an Ayurvedic doctor.

      • you are advised me to contact with some other doctor than how we can get help from you. Please kindly you tell us some better medicine for controlling premature ejaculation.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          If you want my email consultation, then please note that it is a paid service. Rs 250 or USD 7 for one month. Payment options –
          Once you make the payment, I will get in touch with you by email.
          However, please note that consulting an Ayurvedic doctor directly is a better option.

  23. Archana says:

    I have got a lot of mouth ulcers due to eating of raw garlic and dalchini which was advised by a naturopath for total health fitness. Can seasame oil help in reducing the ulcers or please advise any other remedy

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      coconut oil local application over the ulcers is more beneficial than sesame oil.

  24. Varun Kumar says:

    Sir is Sesame oil hot…i and many believe it s cold and apply for oil bath so that it cools the body…Can u suggest oils which are very cooling and good for pitta…

  25. donroy81 says:

    Hello Dr. Hebbar, I have tried sesame oil pulling and can vouch for its effectiveness for post nasal drip and phlegm accumulation. I have observed that on daily practice, there is a nauseating feeling for a while (1-2 weeks). Several people attribute this to “toxin released into the bloodstream”. Does Ayurveda subscribe to this theory? Maybe there are herbs that can help with toxins/ uneasy feeling, Neem? Manjistha?

  26. rohit raj says:

    Highly valuable suggestions .
    i think my sperm to be thin how can i make thick means to boost spermcell.iam unmarried and age 30

  27. Praveen A V says:

    Sir, I feel that there is some contradiction. Please correct me and help me understand.

    In your Ashtanga Hriday Sutrasthan 5th Chapter, it is said that Sesame Oil balances Kapha.

    In the current article, it is said that, Sesame calms Vata and increases Kapha and Pitta.

  28. dr jayashree k s says:

    sir, in kaiyyadeva nigantu, its given that krishna tila is best because of its shukrala property.. but not getting any information to prove this…. and also many experiments have undergone which proved that shweta tila is best… so please help me in this… thanking u

  29. donroy says:

    Hello Doctor, for external applications, could you comment on olive oil vs sesame oil. Which one is more warming?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There is no much difference between the two, when it comes to ‘hotness’. They are quite similar in hotness.

  30. Harish says:

    Hello Doctor, wanted to know which oil to use to stop continuous ringing sound in the ears, (tinnitus problem), all tests are normal in my case, many thanks, Harish

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Usually Ksheerabala taila 101 is used to treat such condition, in combination with other medicines. Please consult your Ayurvedic doctor.

  31. Can we mix sesame seed with castor oil and apply on hair?

  32. Dr Hebbar,
    I appreciate your efforts bringing in the Ayurvedic knowledge to others.
    Can one take a tea spoon of sesame oil by mouth during preganancy?
    Note: living in a cold weather and also a 40 hr / week desk job.
    Please let me know if you have any suggestions or articles already written for pregnant women especially in view of working women who sit for long hours.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, a pregnant lady can consume a teaspoon of sesame oil.
      I am yet to write about pregnancy care with Ayurveda.

  33. manjeetb4u says:

    Milk is cold and sesame seeds are hot in potency.can I take sesame seeds with milk.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There is no general rule that hot and cold food stuffs should not be mixed. For example, garlic (hot) is processed with milk to make garlic milk remedy, used in bloating, edema etc. Of course, too hot and too cold stuffs should not be mixed. For example, hot coffee with ice cream. But I have not come across a text reference to avoid sesame seeds with milk. Both have oiliness (unctuousness) in common. For this combination, it is better to go for hot milk, to minimize the cold effect of milk.

      • manjeetb4u says:

        1.Can we take sesame seeds before or after having sugarcane or curd.
        2.In Ashtanga Hridayam (under chapter Rasayana),Vagbhata prescribes having sesame seeds daily with cold water as anupana.Please tell me at what time we should consume sesame seeds like this.A local vaidya told me to take this one hour before evening meal for rasayana purpose.He also told me that in morning sesame is taken to make the bones stronger and in night to enhance sexual virility.Can you please tell me what would be the best time and way to consume sesame seeds for rasayana purpose and also if we can take it before or after food for the same purpose.
        Many many Thanks.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          1. Hi, sesame seeds can be had after sugarcane juice. But to have it after curd, it is better to keep a gap of at least 10 minutes.
          2. Please go with your doctor’s advice.

  34. sesame oil enema …..can i get it done for bladder neck obstruction…i have mild liver enlarged..

  35. Good article

  36. Does taking sesame oil help regulate periods? I ‘ve heard traditionally sesame oil is given to girls when they attain puberty..Does it help in increasing the flow and clearing the uterus during the cycle?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      In women having delayed periods, a tablespoon of sesame seeds are soaked in water overnight. Next day morning, it is taken out of water, mixed with half a tablespoon of jaggery, mixed thoroughly to make it a paste and is administered to the patient.
      The process is repeated for up to 5-7 days, before expected date for periods.

  37. malynn says:

    My baby is 5 months old and she is having dry skin, can I use sesame oil for massage for her since summer is approaching I was a bit doubtful.

  38. Hi doctor,
    I have premature grey hairs. I m using tail prepared from sesame oil and bhringa. But because of sesame hotness I m bit concerned that it ll increase grey hairs. Please comment.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, this question is so good that I have made a youtube video as the answer. Watch it here –
      I also have included the answer within the article above.
      Conclusion is – It is not too hot to cause graying of hairs.

  39. most important, sesame supports ashti dhatu (bone) and hairs, like nails and teeth are a by product of bone ashti dhatu.

  40. Abhishek says:

    Sir your articles are are very informative

  41. madinaaa says:

    Is sesame oil for massaging n cooking one??

  42. amit shaw says:

    i can use seasame oil with castor oil for my it is so itchy plz help me

  43. Hi Doctor,

    We are using sesame oil for daily cooking
    Is sesame oil increases Uric acid level or decreases uric acid levels ?, Please suggest me, can i use Sesame oil or not ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Sesame oil has no direct relationship with Uric acid. You can continue using it for cooking.

  44. Lady Green says:

    Plz give some remedy to gain weight with sesame seeds, especially face is weak and arms are weak.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Take a teaspoon of sesame seeds along with a teaspoon of ghee. Follow it up with a cup of hot water. – Do this once a day, preferably in the morning, before food.

  45. What does it mean for sesame oil to be cured or uncured, and which to use? Should oil be cold pressed from raw or roasted sesame seeds?

  46. Suganya says:

    Hello doctor i have rhumatoid artherities past 1 year..can i use sesame oil..

  47. CColburn says:

    I believe sesame seed paste and whole sesame seed have the ability to worsen heat and dry conditions and gray hair. I think for the oil this may be unthinkable, but the whole seed could worsen a hot, dry person’s hair and complexion if taken to extremes. This is also what Chinese medicine says about black sesame seed.

  48. Hello Dr.,

    Regarding sesame paste for ammenorrhoea:
    Do you eat all of the paste in a day and make a new batch for the next day?


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, new batch is made everyday.7 – 10 grams of paste is consumed once or twice a day.

  49. For cooking Which is better black sesame oil or white sesame oil ?

  50. parvathi says:

    I have 8 months baby can I apply this oil my pistportum belly

  51. B S Prasanna says:

    Can we use it for relieving from kidney stones

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are better medicines such as Neeri tablet, Cystone tablet etc. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

  52. NIRMAL GOEL says:

    Dear Dr,
    I have pitta prakriti and chronic diarrhea with fatty liver, Shall I use Sesame oil, if yes in what form, for messager or as food.

  53. Hi Dr.,

    I usually massage with coconut oil but since it is getting colder, do you recommend Sesame oil?


  54. I have a big can of toasted Seseme oil, can this be used in the same way, particularly for massage and oil pulling? Thank you.

  55. I have white discharge problem but periods are normal. Is this beneficial?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, better to use something like Pushyanuga Churna -1 teaspoon 2 times a day after food for 15 days time.
      For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  56. Dear Dr. Can I take Sesame oil in empty stomach. And What are the benefits??

  57. Abhinav says:

    I Am suffering from hair loss and using minoxidil 5 per at night. I have somewhere read that using sesame oil massage after applying onion’s paste helps in hair growth. If yes should i use both of them and in the morning at what freq and it is the summers coming so it is okay using this oil as it is hot by nature. And it is okay to use sesame oil after applying menoxidil 6 hours before

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Sesame oil is okay to use even in summer. It does not increase hotness to large extent.
      Best time to apply onion juice is – soon after getting up. After 30 minutes, apply sesame oil, after 30 minutes, have lukewarm water bath.

      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  58. Hi, my baby is 11 months and has ezcema cause of which her skinnis verybdry can inuse sesame oil? How should i apply it?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, for child’s health, it is always best to consult a doctor directly. I do not assure safety or cure for the disease.
      Nalpamaradi tailam is better. – Apply it 30 minutes before bath, everyday.
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  59. Shubham says:

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    One of the Ayurvedic doctor advised me that although sesame oil used externally is good, but when taken internally it causes vision / skin problems, constipation etc.

    What is your take on this?


  60. Shubham says:

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    As per your article sesame oil is mentioned as “Pathya “. Can you please provide reference for same as I have not seen any mention of sesame oil as something that can can be consumed daily.


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, pathya is told in the context of sesame (seed) – reference is from Sushruta Sutrasthana 46/39

  61. sir can seaseme seed oil massage cure mental disorder like anxiety and depression.

  62. Dear Dr Hebbar,

    You have mentioned that Sesame oil can be used for cooking. But why is that there are no Ayurvedic tila oil based medicines advised for internal consumption?

    Even for vata disorders doctors usually advised medicated ghee but not sesame oil.

    Please advise.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are many tila taila based oral medicines such as
      Dhanwantaram oil 101,
      Ksheerabala 101 capsule and oil.
      Maharaja Prasarini taila
      Mahanarayana taila is also indicated for oral intake.

  63. Isabell Schwab says:

    When we use sesame oil in Abhyanga or Shirodhara. is it important to ripen/cure the sesame seed or can we use sesame oil, which was not heated to 100-110 decrees?
    Until now I have only used medicated oils, but what about when I am using pure sesame without herbal preperation, does it need to be prepared?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, when using sesame oil, just heat it to 60 – 70 degree celsius for 4-5 minutes. Then you can use it.
      Do not over heat it.

  64. rajesh jat says:

    is applying sesame oil heated with black pepper is safe for cervical spondylytis.if yes,whether i crush black pepper or use plane black pepper during heating.i used valiya narayan oil at normal temperature but i didnt worked
    also thanx for the articles sir they are immensely useful to us.

  65. rajesh jat says:

    dear sir
    whether i cool down the heated sesame oil and then apply it or i apply it warm.

  66. rajesh jat says:

    dear sir
    what is the meaning of hidden stiffnes in the joints as you have stated above in the article

  67. Doctor is it okay to have a spoon of sesame oil daily if there is a lot of vata aggravation or is it better to mix it with some spice like haldi or cumin seeds?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Both the ways are fine. If sesame oil is taken as it is, better to heat it a little and consume 1 teaspoon (small spoon) per day in the evening.

  68. Hi,
    Is there any difference between black sesame oil and the white sesame oil? Which is better?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      As per Ayurveda text book, Black sesame seeds are better than white ones. With that logic, black sesame oil is better.

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