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Sesame Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
GI 35. GL 8.1
Botanical Name
Sesamum Indicum, Sesamum Orintale
Hindi Name
Chinese Name
Hu Ma, Hei Zhi Ma

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Nature of


Parts Used

Roots, Leaves, Seeds

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Sesame

Avoid it, in case you are suffering from Diarrhea and Toothache.
It may cause Allergic reactions such as
-Abdominal Pain
- Itchy Throat
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Sesame is a flowering plant.
It is an annual plant.
It belongs to the Pedaliaceae family.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It grows up to one meter.
Best used for Skin Care, Arthritis.

In TCM :
Sesame Oil : Ma You, Zhi Ma You
Black Sesame Seeds : Hei Zhi Ma
Meridians associated : Liver and Kidney.


Common Names

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Materia Medica for Sesame

Sesame General

Sesame is known as Til in India. It is native to Africa and associated to the Pedaliaceae family.
Sesame is a tiny seed with a nutty flavor. It is used in variety of cuisines and holds numerous health benefits.
Sesame seeds are rich in Copper and contain a good amount of Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus and Dietary Fiber.
It contains Copper and Zinc. Copper is beneficial in relieving Pain and Swelling. It is antiinflammatory in nature and useful in conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis. It provides elasticity and strength to the Bones, Joints and Blood vessels. Zinc increases the Bone density which reduces the risk of Osteoporosis.
The presence of Magnesium combats the risk of Diabetes. It manages the insulin and glucose levels in the body and cures Type 2 Diabetes. Magnesium is also known for anticancer property. It inhibits the growth of tumor and reduces the risk of Colon Cancer.
Black Sesame seeds are rich in Iron. Best used in the treatment of Anemia and weakness associated with Anemia.
Sesame reduces the strain from the Heart and prevents the occurrence of cardiac ailments. It normalizes the Blood Pressure level and minimizes the risk of Heart Attack and Stroke.
Sesame seeds are a good supplement for a Pregnant lady. It is a good source of folic acid which nourishes the fetus. It provides sufficient supply of calcium and Iron needed for the development of fetus.
The phytosterols in Sesame restrict the production of Cholesterol. This helps in lowering the Cholesterol levels in the body.
It contains essential Minerals and Vitamins needed to keep the Hair and scalp healthy. The sesame oil nourishes and conditions the scalp. It improves the Hair growth. The regular massage with sesame oil increases the circulation of blood in the brain. It strengthens the roots and prevents the occurrence of scalp problems.
Sesame oil is helpful in the treatment of sore feet and cracked heels.
It improves the supply of blood to the eyes which improves vision. It cures the problem of Blurred Vision and Dry Eyes. It reduces the stress from eyes. Apply some sesame oil on the eyelids to have a soothing and relaxing effect.
Black Sesame seeds acts as a energy tonic. It boost up the body and increases vitality. It stimulates the brain functioning and slow down the Aging process.
Being rich in Fiber it supports a healthy digestive system. Fiber facilitates the easy functioning of digestive system and cures Constipation.
It maintains the respiratory health. It inhibits the airway spasms which leads the Respiratory Disorders. Thus, it alleviates the symptoms of Asthma.
Sesame is good herbal remedy for improving Oral health. It removes Plague from teeth and gives a whitens them. It combats the bacterial attack and makes teeth strong and healthy.

Caution: Consult a doctor before consuming it.
Keywords: Pain, Swelling, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Colon Cancer, Anemia, Heart Attack, Stroke, Migraine, High Cholesterol, Cracked Heels, Aging, Blurred Vision, Dry Eyes, Constipation, Respiratory Disorders, Asthma, Plague.
Single Herb

Sesame ( Til ) for Skin

Take a glass of water. Put 15 Sesame seeds and keep overnight. Drink it early in the morning on an empty stomach.

Sesame Oil ( Til ka Tel ) for Leucorrhea

Dip Cotton piece in Sesame Oil. Clean the vagina with that cotton.

Massage for Bedwetting

Massage the patients stomach with Badam oil before going to bed.

Sesame for Arthritis

Make a paste of powdered Sesame seeds with warm Sesame oil. Apply it on the affected area.
OR : Soak 1 tsp of black Sesame seeds overnight in quarter cup of water. Drink the water and chew the seeds in the morning.

Sesame ( Til ) for Difficult Menses

Have 1 tsp Sesame seeds powder with lukewarm water during Menstrual pain.
OR: Have it with a glass of warm Milk.

Sesame ( Til ) for Osteoporosis

Eat 2 tsp Sesame seeds early in the morning. Chew it properly.

Sesame ( Til ) Oil for Dry Skin

Apply Sesame ( Til ) Oil over dry skin for 15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water.

Sesame ( Til ) Oil for Corns

Dip affected parts in lukewarm water for 10 minutes and apply Sesame ( Til ) Oil.

Sesame ( Til ) Seeds for Joint Pain

Take one teaspoon full Sesame ( Til ) Seeds. Soak in water at night. In the morning, drink the water and eat seeds.

Sesame ( Til ) for Psoriasis

Soak 10 g Sesame seeds in a cup of water for 7 hours. Drink it in the morning with an empty stomach.

Sesame ( Til ) for Tinnitus

Put 1-2 drops of Sesame oil in each ear.

Sesame ( Til ) Seeds for Small Breasts

Eat 10 Sesame ( Til ) Seeds daily.

Sesame ( Til ) Oil as Detoxicant

Take one tablespoon of Sesame ( Til ) Oil. Swish until it becomes thin. Throw it. It detoxifies the tissues.

Sesame ( Til ) Oil for Toothache

Massage with Sesame ( Til ) Oil over affected tooth for 5 minutes.

Sesame ( Til ) Oil for Gum Diseases

Swish with Sesame ( Til ) Oil for 10 minutes. It cures all type of gum diseases.

Sesame ( Til ) Oil for Bad Breath

Keep a teaspoon of Sesame ( Til ) in to your mouth for 5 minutes. Swish with water.

Sesame ( Til ) for Osteoarthritis

Soak One tablespoon Sesame seeds ( Til ) in half cup of water overnight. Have it next morning on an empty stomach.

Sesame Oil ( Til ka Tel ) for Alzheimer

Put 2-3 drops of Sesame Oil ( Til ka Tel ) in each nostril of the patient twice a day.
Or : Rub lukewarm oil on the feet and head.
It helps in reducing the stress caused by Alzheimer and improves the condition as well.

Sesame ( Til ) for Menstrual Disorders

Grind 1 teaspoon of Sesame Seeds. Have it with one cup of lukewarm water.

Sesame for Menometrorrhagia

Grind 1 teaspoon of Sesame seeds to make a fine powder. Mix the powder in one glass of hot water. Drink it twice daily.

Sesame for Oligomenorrhea

Dry roast 4 tablespoons of Sesame seeds for 4-5 minutes. Grind them with 1 teaspoon of Jaggery to make a fine powder. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture daily, on an empty stomach.
Note: Consume it for 15 days before mensis. Follow this procedure for 3 months.

Sesame for Pneumonitis

Add 1 tablespoon of Sesame seeds in one cup of water. Boil it and then add 1 tablespoon of Flaxseeds in it. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain it and add 1 teaspoon of Honey and a pinch of Common Salt in it. Drink it, once a day.

Sesame for Polymenorrhea

Roast 1 teaspoon of Sesame seeds. Have it twice daily.

Sesame for Frozen Shoulder

Sesame is hot in potency. They heal the scarred tissues and reduces the pain.
Massage with Sesame oil on the affected area.
Soak Sesame seeds in water and apply that paste on the shoulders.

Sesame for Anemia

Soak 1 tablespoon of black Sesame seeds in water over night. Next day make a paste and add 1 teaspoon of Honey in it. Have it every day.
OR : You may add Sesame seed paste and Honey to a cup of milk. Add 1 teaspoon of Jaggery to it.
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Herbal Treatment For Bed Wetting 1

Fry 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds till brown. Grind it with tablespoon each of Pomegranate flowers, Sesame seeds and Acacia Nilotica gum. Make a fine powder and add Brown Sugar in equal quantity. Take One tablespoon at bedtime.

Herbal Treatment For Piles 5

Take leaves of Achyranthes Aspera. Grind them to make paste. Add some Sesame oil in it. Mix it. Apply it twice a day on the affected area. Use for 7 days.

Herbal Treatment For Deafness 1

Take the dried Achyranthes Aspera plant. Burn it. Mix the ash with Sesame Oil in same quantity. Heat the mixture. Cool it down. Filter it. Use it as ear drops.

Herbal Treatment For Baldness 4

Take tubers of Nut Grass. Dip in the water overnight. Grind it. Add in Sesame oil. Boil it on a low flame. Cool it down. Apply on scalp twice or thrice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Dandruff 2

Take tubers of Nut Grass. Dip in the water overnight. Grind it. Add it in 2 to 3 tablespoons of Sesame oil ( Til Ka Tel in India ). Boil it on a low flame for 5 minutes. Let it cool. Strain well. Apply it on scalp and massage for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave it for 3 to 4 hours. Wash with shampoo. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week.

Herbal Treatment For Nose Bleed 2

Burn the dried Achyranthes Aspera plant. Mix 20 gram of the ash with 20 gram Sesame Oil. Heat the mixture. Cool it down. Filter it. Use it as nasal drops.

Herbal Treatment For Muscular Pain 1

Extract the juice from the leaves of Cat Tail Plant . Mix it with Sesame oil in equal quantity. Boil the mixture until it gets thick. Apply it on the affected part.
Caution : Apply the mixture when it is bearably hot.

Herbal Treatment For Ear Discharge 2

Grind the roots of the following plants :
Drumstick Tree, Sweet Flag and Garlic. Warm them in Sesame oil. Use it as ear drop with a cotton bud.

Herbal Treatment For Pneumonia 2

Take extract of sesame seeds . Add one tablespoon of Flax powder and one tea spoon of honey in it. Have it two times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Premenstrual Syndrome 1

Roast one teaspoon of Sesame seeds. Take it with one teaspoon of Raisins before dinner.

Herbal Treatment For Rheumatism 6

Mix equal quantity of Fresh Black Nightshade juice, Sesame oil, Ginger powder and two tablespoons of Mustard oil. Boil. Strain. Apply lukewarm on the affected part twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Headache 5

Take 500ml of Sesame oil. Add two tbsp of Sodom flower juice, Turmeric powder, Garlic paste, Black pepper powder each. Boil over a low flame till it thickens.
Cool. Put it in a bottle. Take 3-4 tbsp of oil and massage the scalp with it. Use thrice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Sciatica 2

Grind a Nutmeg coarsely. Put it in 4 tablespoons of Sesame oil and fry. Filter. Apply lukewarm on affected parts.

Herbal Treatment For Impotence 3

Take the following herbs :
Long Pepper : Peepli : 10 gram
Sesame Oil : Til ka Tel : 3 to 4 tablespoons
Clarified Butter : Ghee : 2 tablespoons
Black Gram ( Dehusked ) : Uarad, dhuli hui : 100 gm
Honey : 2 tablespoons
Cardamom : Choti Ilaichi : 5 gm
Sugar Candy, Crystal sugar : 20 gms
Fry Long Pepper and Black Gram in Sesame oil and grind coarsely. Add Cardamom and grind again. Add crystal sugar and grind again. Add Clarified Butter and Honey. Take one teaspoon of the prepared powder with 250 ml of warm milk. Take once every night before going to bed.

Herbal Treatment For Asthenospermia 1

Fry 2 teaspoons Long Pepper, 4 tablespoons Black Gram in Sesame oil. Now grind Long Pepper (Fried), Black Gram (Fried) and Cardamom together. Add two tablespoons Ghee and 2 tablespoons Honey. Mix them. Have a teaspoon with lukewarm milk after dinner daily.

Herbal Treatment For Oligospermia 2

Take 10 Long Peppers and one cup of Black Gram. Fry in Sesame Oil and allow it to cool. Then grind coarsely. Now take a jar, put coarsely ground ingredients, 10 gram Clarified Butter, 10 gram Honey and 10 gram Cardamom. Grind them all. Have one teaspoon mixture with milk at bed time, daily for a week.

Herbal Treatment For Sprains 1

Take the following herbs :
Coriander : Dhaniya : Dried : Powdered : 2 teaspoons
Turmeric : Haldi : Powdered : 1 teaspoon
Cumin : Jeera : Powdered : 1 teaspoon
Sesame : Til : Oil : 2 teaspoon
Take a pan. Pour Sesame oil in it and heat. Add all powdered ingredients. heat for one minute. Apply lukewarm mixture over the affected part at night.

Herbal Treatment For Muscle Sprains 2

Add 1 tsp Black Pepper powder in 8 tsp Sesame oil. Heat it. Apply on the affected parts when bearably hot.

Herbal Treatment For Baldness 8

Powder 20 gram Dodder ( Amar Bel ). Boil in 50 Ml Sesame ( Til ) oil for 10 minutes on low flame. Apply lukewarm on the scalp twice a week. It gives you strong roots.

Herbal Treatment For Blocked Nose 1

Take 2 litres of water. Add 5 cups of Agarwood pieces. Boil it. Wait till the volume reduces to 1 litre. Add 1 litre of Cow's Milk and 1 litre of Sesame Oil. Remove the moisture from the mixture by boiling it. Add 1/2 cup of Terminalia Bellirica rinds and Liquorice roots. Let it cool. Filter it. Use it twice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Dry Skin 1

Add half cup each of Cassia Auriculata bark, Wild Turmeric, one Cayenne pepper and One tablespoon Camphor in half litre heated Sesame oil. Boil. Cool and Strain. Massage the affected parts.

Herbal Treatment For Deafness 2

Cook Radish juice in Sesame oil until oil remains. Drip 3-4 drops in ears two times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Headache 9

Grind Jaggery, Sesame in milk. Add Ghee and put this mixture on fire for 5-7 minutes. Take this mixture two times a day to get relief in Headache.

Herbal Treatment For Bronchitis 12

Take 1 tsp each of Flax seeds and Sesame seeds. Sprinkle some salt on it. Have it with Honey at night.

Herbal Treatment For Grey Hair 8

Take equal quantity of Bottle Gourd juice and Sesame Oil. Mix well. Apply it on hairs. Wash after 2 hours.

Herbal Treatment For Immunity Booster 2

Take 1 tsp of each Flax seed powder and Sesame seeds. Add paste of 4 Almonds and 1 tsp honey in it. Take 1 tsp of this mixture in the morning with an empty stomach.

Herbal Treatment For Dry Skin 4

Take Sesame oil and Olive oil in equal quantity. Add Mustard oil in half quantity. Apply it over the affected area.

Herbal Treatment For Phlegm 8

Dip 4 tsp Sesame seeds in 300 ml water for 6 hours. Add 1 tsp Flax seed powder with a pinch of Salt and 1 tsp Honey in it. Drink 100 ml of it once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Lower Back Pain 11

Boil 2 Garlic ( Lehsun ) pods in 1 tablespoon Sesame ( Til ) oil. Massage with this lukewarm oil at night.

Herbal Treatment For Baldness 15

Take 100 ml Sesame ( Til) oil and 20 gram Aloe Vera ( Gheekumari ) pulp. Mix and boil. Apply on scalp and hair. This formula is good for hair growth.

Herbal Treatment For Insomnia 8

Boil 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera ( Gheekumari ) pulp in 50 ml Sesame ( Til ) oil. Massage scalp and forehead.

Herbal Treatment For Pneumonia 3

Prepare an infusion by taking two table spoon of sesame seeds in a glass of water. Add One tablespoon each of Honey & Linseed. Let it stand for half an hour. Add salt to taste. Have it two - three times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Eczema 6

Add 1 tsp Liquorice root powder in same quantity of Sesame oil. Heat it. Apply it over affected area. Bandage the area for 3 hours.

Herbal Treatment For Poor Memory 1

Take the following herbs :
Alternanthera Sessilis : Garundi : Juice : 250 gram
Sesame : Til : Oil : 100 gram
Boil them together until it juice evaporates. Massage your scalp and forehead with this thrice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Dandruff 18

Massage your scalp with lukewarm Sesame Oil ( Til ). Boil 4 to 5 dried Acacia Concinna ( Shikakai in India ) in 2 glass water. Strain well. Let it cool. Use its water to rinse your after an hour. It gives relief from dandruff and promotes hair growth.

Herbal Treatment For Immunity Booster 3

Take 3 g seed powder of both Flax and Sesame. Add 2 g Almond paste and 1 tsp Honey in it. Take 1 tsp of the paste in the morning on an empty Stomach.

Herbal Treatment For Menses Scanty 5

Take half a teaspoon of Sesame ( Til ) and half a teaspoon of Fenugreek ( Methi ) seeds. Boil in a glass of milk for 4 to 5 minutes. Add Honey or Jaggery and drink. You can have it during periods also.
OR : Boil Sesame and Fenugreek seeds in water. Add Jaggery or Honey to it. Wait until the water remains half. Have this liquid 2 to 3 times in a day.

Herbal Treatment For Earache 7

Heat One teaspoon chopped Garlic in two tablespoons of Sesame oil. Let it cool and strain. Put a few drops in the aching ear.

Herbal Treatment For Earache 9

Mix three teaspoons of Sesame ( Til ) oil with One teaspoon of Carom ( Ajvain ) oil. Warm it slightly and put 3-4 drops in the ear.

Herbal Treatment For Elephantiasis 5

Mix 1/2 part Sesame Oil ( Til Ka Tel ) in One part Eclipta Alba ( Bhringraj ) oil and apply on the affected area.

Herbal Treatment For Osteoporosis 1

Dry roast One tablespoon Sesame seeds ( Til ) and grind them. Now mix in a glass of warm Milk and drink 2-3 times daily.
Note : Dose may vary in summers.

Herbal Treatment For Anemia 11

Soak One tablespoon Sesame seeds ( Til ) in some water for 2-3 hours. Now crush them well to make a paste. Mix One tablespoon of Honey and take two times a day.

Herbal Treatment For Dizziness 6

Take 3 tablespoon of Sesame oil and heat it. Add one teaspoon each of finely powdered Cardamom and Cinnamon in it. Apply this on head.

Herbal Treatment For Bodyache 3

Boil a piece of Wild Turmeric in 1 cup Gingelly oil. Massage your whole body with this lukewarm oil twice daily.

Herbal Treatment For Gray Hair 22

Crush few Sesame seeds and mix it in Almond Oil ( Badam Ka Tel ). Apply this mixture on your scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this process two times a week to get rid of grey hair.

Herbal Treatment For Delayed Puberty

Mix crushed 3-4 Almonds, 1 Egg Yolk, half teaspoon of Sesame seed powder and 1 teaspoon of Honey with a small amount of milk. Consume it.
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19 Jun 2015
19 Jun 2015
23 Jun 2015
Authentic uses of sesame which are very beneficial to the common man.
24 Jun 2015
sesame is wonderful for skin problems
12 Dec 2015
sesame oil very good for skin in cold season.
Abbas ( Pakistan/Lahore )
06 Oct 2016
Can sesame seeds be taken on empty stomach or with food
14 Oct 2016
The herb is hot in nature.. So do not take it on an empty stomach and by the way why do you wish to take Sesame ? What is the problem ?
Lydia ( Ghana )
03 Jan 2017
Please upon all the benefits of sesame seed, how do one avoid the side effects. I'm using it for menstral disorders and eye problem
12 Jan 2017
Please scroll up and check the section " Cures " given above. There you will find the list of diseases it can help to cure. To avoid the side effects, One should not take it in excess. And also avoid taking this herb, if you have the following disorders-- Asthma, Itching, Cough, Swelling, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal pains.
If you suffer from any of these and yet you take Sesame seeds, then it is likely to cause the side effects. so, avoid if you suffer from any of these.
Saniya ( India )
30 Mar 2017
I am suffering from frequent uterine bleeding, it means 2 to 3 times in a month. Sometimes it's a prolonged period. Some times occur heavy bleeding with clots for a day in a cycle. Doctors said HARMONAL IMBALANCE. What is the herbal treatment for this? Kindly give me reply.
Vidushi R. ( India )
31 Mar 2017
Saniya. For Hormonal Imbalance, the best herb is Chaste Berry. Drink Chaste Berry tea, two cups in a day for a month.
Other herbs for hormonal Imbalance are Saw Palmetto. Have one capsule, daily for 15 days.
Damiana is another herb for setting the hormonal imbalance right. I would recommend that you definitely try Chaste Berry. This is a must for your condition.
Radhakrishnan ( India/tamilnadu )
03 Jun 2017
can i take 100 grams of sesame seeds daily ,for weight gain ? any serious side effect ? please tell anybody
Simran Sahaye ( Pune )
15 Jun 2017
No. I will not recommend eating Sesame seeds every day . Because Sesame seeds are hot in nature and is not to be taken during summers. You can drink banana shake every morning and evening. Take dandelion root tea. this will stimulate your appetite and will help you to gain weight. Or, I will advise that you consult a dietician for it.
25 Jul 2017
i have eaten one spoon of raw sesame seeds for two days...is it harmful to eat this much?
i am asking because now i am having trouble in having periods, are two related?
also i am having constipation
19 Feb 2018
It might not have suited you. It may cause constipation. Try taking Amla juice early morning, 50 ml daily.
Deepika jangir ( India )
05 Jan 2018
Is this good for heart and hypertension?
19 Feb 2018
Sesame is a good herb for Heart and cardiovasculkar system. Also take herbs rich in Omega 6 acid.
Bhagavat Upadhyaya ( Gujarat )
16 Feb 2018
Two types of sesame tree leaves are available, which one is to be used for medicines ?
19 Feb 2018
I have grey hairs..can i take 1tea spoon daily ?
I can't take vitamin c just because of vitiligo....please suggest
22 Feb 2018
Take Indian gooseberry one every day on an empty stomach. Increase the intake of Vitamin C in your daily diet. Have more than 800 mg of Vitamin C every day diet.
Maricel ( Philippines )
24 May 2018
Why i have read in the internet that drinking water with sesame seed soak overnight can cause miscarriage is this true.
Ahmed ( Pakistan )
13 Apr 2021
How sesame can be used to cure low semen in humen? What herb is mixed with it
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