esame oil varies in colours and taste. The cold-pressed sesame oil is almost colourless, while Indian sesame oil (also known as ingelly or til oil) is golden and Chinese sesame oil is commonly has a dark brown colour. In East Asian countries, the oil is extracted from toasted hulled sesame seeds which are responsible for its dark colour, whereas the cold-pressed sesame oil is produced directly from raw seeds.
Sesame Oil in Cooking
Sesame oil is widely used as a cooking oil in many regions of the world. This oil is extensively popular in Asian countries, especially in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Due to the presence of antioxidants, this oil is considered more stable than most vegetable oils. Because of its high boiling point, it is capable of retaining its natural structure and does not break down even when heated to a very high temperature.
Sesame Oil a Wholesome Tonic
It contains higher concentrations of Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant and has been correlated with lowering cholesterol levels. Sesame oil is a rich source of magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and Vitamin B6. The presence of magnesium supports vascular and respiratory health. Whereas, calcium lessens the risk of colon cancer, osteoporosis, migraine and PMS. Zinc promotes bone health. This vegetable oil is also helpful in hepatitis, diabetes and migraines.
Sesame oil is also used as a solvent in injected drugs or intravenous drip solutions. It is naturally antibacterial for common skin pathogens, such as staphylococcus and streptococcus as well as common skin fungi, such as athlete’s foot fungus, etc. Often referred as a ‘queen of all vegetable oils’, this essential oil is also used for:
- Hair treatment
- Body massage
- Food manufacture
- Drug manufacture