Master plant: Sesamum indicum L.
Pedaliaceae (Sesame family)
Oleum Sesami indici
INCI: Sesamum indicum
Sesame plants are old cultivated plants, that are native to tropical Africa and Asia. Today they are mainly grown in India and the Far East (China, Korea).
Characteristics and substances:
Sesame oil is a very fatty oil with approx. 35 ? 50 % content of glycerides and oleic acid. Furthermore it contains plenty of vitamin E, mineral nutrients, essential fatty acids as well as 48% of linoleic acid.
Sesame oil is particularly suitable for massages, like recommended in Ayurveda - to improve circulation and the nervous system, to strengthen musculature and digestion and to increase the general well-being.
You can use the pure oil for massage or as base to mix it with other ingredients (i.e. herbal oils). Sesame oil produces a healthy skin environment, increases the skin?s power of resistance, eases the removal of scaly skin and scabs and has general nurturing qualities.
Moreover it supports self tanning and has a high natural sun protection factor.