Benefits Of Sesame Seeds (Til)
Another significant condiment which is used in winter along with jaggery is sesame seeds. It is very delicate, tiny, with nutty taste and is almost invisible to the eye. It is used in many sweets, snacks and other food items to enhance the taste and the nutritional value of the dish. Available in all the seasons, these seeds are highly valued for their oil. These seeds are found in Hindu legends and they are believed to represent a symbol of immortality. These seeds were first found in India.
They have innumerable health benefits. These seeds are a good source of manganese, copper, zinc, calcium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B-I and dietary fiber. They lower the cholesterol levels, control high blood pressure and protects the liver from oxidative damage.
■ Sesame seeds are very rich in minerals like copper and helps relieve the pain and swelling of Rheumatoid arthritis. Manganese present in it helps in preventing heart attack by lowering the high blood pressure. Calcium helps in protecting the colon cells and prevents colon cancer. Zinc present in sesame seeds is beneficial for bone health.
■ ½ spoon sesame seeds paste added to butter or jaggery and taken internally treats bleeding piles.
■ For those suffering from menstrual disorders like spasmodic pain or scanty bleeding etc should take two spoons of sesame oil added to warm milk three days before the start of the menstruation and repeat every month for three days. This will definitely gives good results.
■ To get relief from dry cough take ½ spoon of sesame seeds paste along with ½ spoon of mishri (sugar candy).
■ To remove thorn add sesame oil to one spoon of sesame paste and apply on the thorn at night and tie a bandage. The thorn will come out easily.
■ To get relief from fever with shivering (like malaria) ½ spoon of sesame paste added to one cup of warm milk should be taken internally.
■ For those suffering from anemia black sesame seeds taken with jaggery and milk gives very positive results. As these seeds contain good amount of iron.
■ Sesame seeds are useful in dysentery and diarrhea. Two tablespoons of the seeds should be lightly roasted on a frying pan. They should then be ground into fine powder and mixed with one tablespoon into three parts. Each part should be used with boiled goat’s milk thrice daily for six days by the patients suffering from chronic dysentery or diarrhea. It acts as an excellent medicine in these conditions.
■ The seeds are valuable in respiratory disorders. An infusion of sesame seeds. Mixed with a tablespoonful of linseed, a pinch of common salt and a spoonful of honey should be given once at night which would provide immediate relief from acute and chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It is a very good expectorant.
■ Crushed leaves of sesame are considered beneficial in the treatment of dandruff. A decoction made from the leaves and root is used as a hair wash. It is said to prevent premature graying of hair and promote their growth.
■ For glowing skin apply the paste of sesame seeds all over the body and take bath after 15 minutes. You can see the results yourself.
■ Sesame oil is very good for skin. Massage with sesame oil for ½ an hour and then take bath. This tones the body and relieves from all kinds of skin problems. This also reduces the heat of the body.
■ Get relief from knee joint pain and back pain by heating sesame oil and adding camphor to it. You can store this oil in a bottle and use small quantities by warming a little before applying.
■ Gargling with sesame oil will reduce gum disease and mouth ulcers while eliminating plaque.
■ After the sesame oil is pressed out of the seed, the resulting residue is referred to as a seed cake that is very high in protein. A portion of this nutritious seed cake is used as animal feed, while the remainder is ground into sesame flour and added to health food.
■ Most of the Southern Indian cuisine depended on sesame oil for cooking before the advent of peanut, coconut and other oils.
■ These seeds are used widely in baked items like buns, biscuits etc and in many other cuisine all over the world.
■ Mostly the white sesame seeds are used for culinary purposes and the black ones (with husk) are used for religious purposes like giving tarpanam (obeisance to the forefathers) or danam (while giving charity, til daan etc).
So sprinkle some seeds of sesame seeds on your vegetable and make it tasty, nutritious and healthy.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna