Til, also known as Sesame, is a very common herb that has a sweet and nutty aroma. It is one of the oldest or perhaps the oldest condiment to be used by man. It is commonly used in the oil form that has many benefits for the whole body. It’s rich in Vitamin B, Vitamin E, magnesium and calcium. This oil acts as an excellent moisturizer for the skin, especially in the case of people who suffer from rough and dry skin almost all the time.
Health benefits of sesame seeds oil are many. If you are feeling tired and want a good massage, what’s better than using Til oil. Some people find its fragrance too strong. So, why worry. Just mix sesame oil with almond oil and the aroma will become pleasing. If you are worried about skin tan and find commercially available sunscreens too expensive, just switch over to til oil. The active agents present in it guard your sensitive skin against UV rays.
Massage with this oil also strengthens your nervous system. You get relieved of stress and your body gets a rejuvenated feeling. It’s also common knowledge that if you are the victim of hypertension, various other ailments like improper blood circulation, weakness of bones and various kinds of nerve disorders also entangle you in their mesh. Regular massage with til oil is a remedy against all these ills. You will feel revitalized and all your insomnia and weariness will vanish gradually. Not only this, people who suffer from blurred vision experience improvement after regular massage with sesame oil.
Nutritional benefits of til seeds are also numerous. Til contains profuse amount of PUFA (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids) and they are extremely valuable in the control of high blood pressure. What’s more is the presence of Vitamin E, which being a powerful antioxidant lowers the bad cholesterol levels in the body.
Sesame contains two special substances, Sesamin and Sesamolin. Both of these are helpful fibers and have the potential of protecting our liver from the damage caused by oxidative processes happening all the time in our body. Sesame seeds also have copper present in them. Now, copper, though a trace metal, has vital importance in the anti-inflammatory enzyme processes that are very vital to our body. As a result, sesame seeds are also good for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
The quantity of calcium present in til seeds is of the order of about 90 mg of calcium in about a tablespoon of seeds. However, if hulls are removed from these seeds, the calcium content reduces considerably- to the tune of about 60% decrease. But you need not worry even if you like dishes made of till seeds that have their hull removed, because the calcium present in hulls is of the calcium-oxalate variety. This particular variety is not much absorbed by our body. So, sesame kernels will well serve the purpose of providing necessary calcium for the body.