Sesame Seed Health Benefits

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Posted by Robert (Belvidere, illinois) on 01/29/2009

I've Learned a way that may help in regrowing Hair. Rub Sesame Oil on your head each night before bed then cover with a cap or wrap your head with a towel when you wake in the morning shower using a Herbal shampoo follow up with a final rinse using 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.

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Posted by Donna (Alamogordo, NM) on 01/10/2009

I have a bad tooth and it was swollen and painful. I did a search and came across the oil pulling site. I began at once with sesame oil. My tooth resolved immediately. But I continued. I got so sick I thought I was going to die. Thank God I was off of work for 2 1/2 weeks but my kids came to visit. I had an incredibly high fever, and turned very pale and so sick I should have not been out of bed. I could not even dress. My head had never hurt so horribly bad. I continued with the oil pulling for 3 times per day. Then as I was getting well, after about 7 days, it was really odd that I began expelling from my mouth in the form of mucous, but not ordinary mucous. It was light, airy, and foamy as I had never experienced before. I expelled this nasty stuff by the kleenex fulls. I continued and got better, my color came back to my face and I felt extremely better. My friend commented that my back by my lungs looked a lot smaller as though I had lost a lot of weight. I now can breathe and seem to be very healthy. I continue to use the oil pulling but only sesame about 3 to 4 times per week but only one time per day. I have wonderful skin and no more nasty dry cracked heels. Thank you for supplying this secret that has helped me regain my health. God Bless You!!!

Posted by Jacob (Bartlett, IL) on 03/04/2008

Hi One remedy I have used consistently since childhood is one I learnt from my mother. Its a simple South-Indian remedy.

Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds in a pan till it starts popping. Once it starts popping nicely and starts giving out smoke, add half glass of water and let it boil for a few minutes. Cool and filter the liquid. Drinking this pale yellow liquid has been the most effective cure for diarhhea that I have seen. You can repeat it once more.

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Posted by Rebecca (Bronx, NY) on 10/01/2007

maybe i am doing this wrong (oil pulling) but for over a month i would swish seseame oil in my mouth for 20 minutes in the morning, made sure to brush my teeth before and afterwards too... the reason? i have a tooth abscess in the top right side... did my teeth get whiter? no. did the abscess go away? no. did my skin become less dry? no. did anything other than nothing happen? no. so i am confused... is all of this bullcrap? should i continue oil pulling longer, for a year perhaps, but people make it sound like it works overnight, you know miracle cure! now i am a believer in alternative medicine... but ones that work... so what i would like to know is if everyone on this is just crazy gullable, or am i just the only freak that oil pulling does not work work wonders on? what would really be interesting is if this is actually put up, considering this is not a favorable testimony.

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Posted by Herbal_sheba (Usa) on 08/04/2014

Oil pulling is only one part of the process. I recommend do an oral enema with uniodized sea salt in a quart of warm water first thing in the morning and on a day when you do not need to leave the house (bathroom will be your friend) to help your body flush out the toxin.

Coffee enemas are a great way to cleanse the liver. The liver flush with fresh lemon, olive oil and espom salt is great as well.

You will not be cured in a day or a couple of weeks, it has taken years for you body to reach its current state.

Real food is a must as well, no fast food, processed foods and reduce animal protein intake.

Digestive enzymes and Diatomaceous Earth food grade will help to eliminate parasites, herbs like black walnut, cloves, cinnamon, wormwood, sweet wormwood, etc are great too.

Posted by Vickie (Windfall, In) on 09/09/2012

I have used Sesame oil for many things. I swab my nostrils with the oil to ward off colds, etc. As soon as I feel that little tingle in my nose, I get out the Q tips & oil. As Sesame oil is bacteriostatic, it doesn't allow bacteria to grow. The oil collects the bad stuff on the swab & you toss it away. It is soothing to the tissue & by next morning, all symptoms are gone for me. I continue for a couple of days, 3-4 times a day, to ensure all germies are gone. I drink it for a sore throat. I swab my ears for ear ache. As soon as I feel anything coming on, I take action right away to ward it off. I use it as a moisturizer. I am now reading about oil pulling & will be doing that. I just came across this site yesterday & I see it as a God send. I am experiencing some new issues, too, and I have already sent the link to this site to friends & family. Everyone seems to be so caring & sharing here. Blessings to all of you & thank you!

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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 02/15/2012

You can lower the phytic acid content by soaking overnight in water.

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 02/16/2012 2063 posts

Francisca, as a general rule, not just w/ the phytates, but I try to avoid taking my minerals before or during any high fibre meal as it can be very counterproductive. Only exception being the minor or trace minerals like Chromium and Selenium which measure in micrograms. Also Iodine shouldn't be taken before or during eating Cabbage, Broccoli, or Cauliflower (as if you didn't already know this, which I suppose you do but just being studious here).

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky) on 02/17/2012 2063 posts

Francisca, the culprits in blocking Iodine uptake are called "goitrogens". Additions to the previous list are Turnips, Mustard, Cassava Root, Soybeans, Pine Nuts, Millet. Good news is the "goitrogens" are supposedly inactivated by cooking. If you are having issues w/ Thyroid, this would certainly need investigating.

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Posted by Sabrina (Talking Rock, Georgia) on 05/14/2010


I started oil pulling with sesame seed oil last week. I saw changes in my gums and whiter teeth. I also had great results with my joints. On Wednesday the 1 week anniversary, I got the worst headache of my life. I haven't oil pulled since. So only 2 days. Could it be detox?

Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand) on 09/28/2012

I recently came across information that suggested potassium rich foods such as bananas are good for reducing blood pressure, also olive oil and dark red fruits. Worth checking up on, the natural way is always best if you can manage it.

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Posted by Melinda (Macungie, PA) on 10/21/2008

I learned about Oil Pulling from your website and I feel so thankful for this wonderful treatment. I had an abscess under a tooth in my mouth that would not go away. I had tried antibiotics twice and it just went away for a while and came back. The last time I had an abscess I needed to have the tooth pulled and an implant put in - lots of pain and money.

I started oil pulling - for the first 2 weeks twice a day and then once a day. The abscess looked better and better but did not go away. Daily i would clean out any accumulated pus, and eventually i only had to do that every 3 days or so. Then - one morning after 2 months of this - when I went to clean it out to my great surprise a small bubble came out - the outside was clear and inside was a bright grass green color. After that day, the abscess completely healed. It has been three months and everything is just fine. Thank you so much for the information that you post here. I used 1 tablespoon of Cold Pressed Sesame Oil and I added a few drops of Oregano Oil to it for oil pulling. I am still oil pulling, switching types of oil every few months.

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Posted by Page (Los Angeles, CA) on 10/04/2008

I stumbled upon this site several months ago. I was so happy to find the information on " Oil Pulling ". Soon after I started oil pulling with the sesame oil that was recommended. I thought that my results would be very interesting and I want to share them with you.

Within one month I was in soaring pain with my first Root Canal. Thank God I found a good dentist in Los Angeles because what was soon to come would have been unbearable! In the last four months I have had 3 more root canals! With very little money as a single mother for over 16 years my teeth had been neglected. If your teeth are not in perfect shape: Do Not Oil Pull. You'll be sorry. Instead, find yourself a reasonable dentist and try to get caught up on your dental health.

A friend of mine with perfect teeth and in excellent health tried it for three weeks and saw no results at all.

Good Luck to everyone.

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Posted by Leena (Montrose, CO) on 09/24/2008

I started oil pulling 4 days ago...I had a tooth removed because of abcess three weeks ago (molar). I thought I was doing well, but this morning after using the OP method, my mouth on both sides was hurting really bad!!! It seems my gums are better, but the pain was intense. I'm using organic unrefined sesame oil. Would like to work through this pain thing, can't go though this everyday!!! Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted by Will (San Antonio, Texas) on 04/30/2008

I've been Oil Pulling for 3 days now. I use unrefined sesame oil for 20 minutes each evening (I cant stomach it in the mornings). First and foremost I noticed my my teeth are several shades whiter already. My energy increased for the first 2 days, however today I am feeling slight nausea, however I understand this might be due to the cleansing. NOW, the most amazing thing I noticed today was that the glands at the base of my neck which have been swollen for approx 9 mos have completely disappeared!! I was recenlty diagnosed HIV+ and was told the glands would pretty much always be swollen for the rest of my life...however today they are gone at the base of my neck and the ones under my chin are about half as big as they were over the previous 9 months. I AM AMAZED! I HAVE NO REASON TO MAKE THIS UP! Do I think it will cure HIV? NO. However something big is happening here. My next appointment to check my HIV viral load is in about 30 days, I will let you know the results!!!

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Posted by Carlos (Madrid, Spain) on 03/13/2008

Oil pulling for everything.
Hello first of all I ahve to say THANK you TO THIS SITE, I look many years younger since I came here.
Im having trouble convincing my family on my tips from this site,I tell them erathclinic is nos selling anything is jsut people like you and I sharing amazing remedies proven. But I guess its difficult to people close minded.
After trying and benefit from Apple cider vinegar topic and internal,peroxide on my face and borax for my cold and for my face as antiwrinkle. Also Baking soda cleasing my face..I m a new man,I look younger and handsome.White teeth sogt skin.
But the other day I read the top remedies and thoight..whhats this oil pulling thing?
SOunded weird, I started with olive oil for very few minutes. I noticed more energy and lighther soft skin around my eyes.Also deep better sleep. Whiter teeth and whiter eyes but i dont get to 20min, I notive they et whiter the longer you pull.
Then I researched a little trying to aunderstand how it works.I think by researching I have come to learn how Oil pulling may work,just my own theory.
I read about doing it with sesame oil,I begin to wonder why do ayurveda advices sesame instead of other oils.I came across this site. with info on sesame oil
I copy and paste.Its long but WORTH READING DONT SKIP THIS!!!!!!

Sesame Seed Oil has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years. Sesame oil is mentioned in the Vedas as excellent for humans. 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. It is naturally antiviral. It is a natural anti inflammatory agent.
It has been used extensively in India as a healing oil, including in experiments which showed it was useful in unblocking arteries. In recent experiments in Holland by Ayurvedic physicians, the oil has been used in the treatment of several chronic disease processes, including hepatitis, diabetes and migraines.
In vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited the growth of malignant melanoma (a skin cancer): PROSTAGLANDIN LEUKATRINES and ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS 46: 145-150, 1992.
Also in vitro, sesame seed oil has inhibited replication of human colon cancer cells: ANTI CANCER RESEARCH 11: 209-216, 1992.
Research shows that sesame seed oil is a potent antioxidant. In the tissues beneath the skin, this oil will neutralize oxygen radicals. It penetrates into the skin quickly and enters the blood stream through the capillaries. Molecules of sesame seed oil maintain good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
Sesame seed oil is a cell growth regulator and slows down cell growth and replication.
In both the small intestine and the colon, some cells are nourished by fat instead of sugar. The presence of sesame seed oil can provide those cells with essential nourishment.
In an experiment at the Maharishi International College in Fairfield, Iowa, students rinsed their mouths with sesame oil, resulting in an 85% reduction in the bacteria which causes gingivitis.
As nose drops, sniffed back into the sinuses, sesame seed oil has cured chronic sinusitis. As a throat gargle, it kills strep and other common cold bacteria. It helps sufferers of psoriasis and dry skin ailments. It has been successfully used in the hair of children to kill lice infestations. It is a useful natural UV protector.
Used after exposure to wind or sun it will calm the burns. It nourishes and feeds the scalp to control dry scalp dandruff and to kill dandruff causing bacteria. It protects the skin from the effects of chlorine in swimming pool water. Used before and after radiation treatments, sesame seed oil helps neutralize the flood of oxygen radicals which such treatment inevitably causes.
On the skin, oil soluble toxins are attracted to sesame seed oil molecules which can then be washed away with hot water and a mild soap. Internally, the oil molecules attract oil soluble toxins and carry them into the blood stream and then out of the body as waste.
Used as a douche mixed with warm water, the oil controls vaginal yeast infections.
Sesame seed oil absorbs quickly and penetrates through the tissues to the very marrow of the bone. It enters into the blood stream through the capillaries and circulates. The liver does not sweep sesame seed oil molecules from the blood, accepting those molecules as friendly.
Sesame seed oil helps joints keep their flexibility. It keeps the skin supple and soft. It heals and protects areas of mild scrapes, cuts and abrasions. It helps tighten facial skin, particularly around the nose, controlling the usual enlargement of pores as skin ages chronologically.
Teen boys and girls have learned, wrongly, that all oil is bad for their facial skin. Heavy oils and toxic oils and creams are bad for all facial skin. But sesame seed oil is the one oil which is actually good for young skin. It helps control eruptions and neutralizes the poisons which develop both on the surface and in the pores. With sesame oil, no cosmetics are needed. The oil will cause young facial skin to have and display natural good health.
Used on baby skin, particularly in the area covered by a diaper, sesame seed oil will protect the tender skin against rash caused by the acidity of body wastes. In the nose and ears, it will protect against common skin pathogens.
For children going to school, who will be in the presence of other children with colds and sniffles, sesame seed oil swabbed in the nose can protect against air borne viruses and bacteria.
When using the oil as a massage oil, stroke the long limbs up and down. Use circular motions over all joints to stimulate the natural energy of those joints"
Ok after reading this I went to the chinessse store and bought the cooking sesame oil,its dark for 2$.
In adittion to the above info I found another site talkign about oil pulling,they reminded that many medicines are suggested to take them by placing the pill below the tongue instead of swalow it. Its said theres a good absortion in that area.
SO I guess anybody can benefit from oil pulling with any oil containing vitamins E etc like olive oil cause the nutrients getsa absorbed but without the fat.
BUT if you read carefully the above article you will realize why Sesame oil si the on recomended for oil pullling and the best for this use.Every oil will pass the nutrients to your body by oil pulling BUT not every oil will clean from toxins and bacterias your body the way sesame oil does.Read above.
So I started oil pulling with sesame oil,also used it topically on my face like the article above suggest.I think Im nto going to use any facial cream ever in my life.I sue it as after sahve,have very sensitive skina nd this is the est Ive tried,figts redness and mostourizes without cloggin pores,good for afacial lines too.Absorbs quicly.I have massage on my knees that usually hurt and instantly feels better
Been oil pulling only for 4 days,not even 20 min everytime,but I feel more energetic and sleep better,and my face shows all that.
I ahve bumps on my back,excess oil I think,tried to dry it with peroxide and clean baking soda but the bumps still remained.I did put sesame oil in my back...yes Oil...I thought I was crazy by doing it and htat my red bumps would become huge.guess what,my back is smoother than ever and bumps smaller after jsut 1 aplication...
Now the thing that lead me to write this article here just 4 days after sart oilpulling cause it jsut amazed me...I was going out yesterday,drank a lot alcohol.I ame back home,slept for 6 hours,woke up an imagine,head ache not clear thoughts red eyes my mouth felt dirty..well all my digestive know what IM talking about I was dead lol
Ok I said...hey IM going to oil pull and this time...honestly,Ibeen oil pulling for days but today I started and my saliva organs started to put out stuff on my mouth like...too much.I could feel and taste it coming out while gradually my headache was disapearing,my vision was clearer,my thoughts.I ahd it only for 10min and MAN...i felt clean and new....I ahd never feel something like that and that fast.Usually I take an ibuprofen when I wake up after going out...but I never ahd something working this fast and cleaning my body leaving me awake energetic and clean. So Im writing this in case somebody can believe me since my family doesnt althou I know they would benefit from sesame oil. Im a consumer for life.No wonder anybody can live up to 100 years by oil pulling everysingle day.i really beleive it.Im not constant and Ill skip some days but this is truly a simple health keeper and wonderful beauty aid. God bless you earth clinic.
So my conclusion oil pulling with sesame oil you not just get the benefits from omega and vitamins and minerals contained in many oils,but you clean your body from everything bad.Hope this helps and you give it a try.

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Posted by Charlie (Portland, Oregon) on 12/09/2007

This is an addendum to my previous post. When you practice oil pulling you might want to, also, run your tongue around your mouth in a circular fashion so that it glides across and lightly touches the front of all your teeth. Five circuits of your mouth is about right. This is best done shortly after beginning a session and again right at the end, while looking down. Sometimes rotate your tongue to the right - sometimes to the left. There is no particular rule to it. Experiment. Tongue rotation is beneficial with or without oil pulling. One of my teachers pointed this technique out to me awhile back. She said this motion cleans and balances the electrical aspects of a person's mouth and, because of the connections between our mouth and the rest of our body, benefits everything else, too. For those of you who find oil pulling somewhat difficult, you might want to just let the oil sit in your mouth for a minute or so before beginning pulling, swishing and so forth. This gives your body a chance to get used to the oil, making it easier to relax into the experience. Also, I am still offering the directions for Ujjayi Pranayama breathing. See - 10/16/2007: Charlie from Portland, Oregon Charlie

Posted by Malu (Texas) on 03/31/2021

I am diabetic and for some reason not clear to me, eating too much, but also clearly a side effect of metformin, gives me bad diarrhea. This simple remedy is great to stop it.

I toast two tablespoons of sesame seeds when they are a little brown, and yes they pop! Then add half a glass of water. Boil for a minute or two, cool off, pass through a colander, and drink.

One time I had the seeds with me, but couldn't toast them, so I just ate them. It worked too!

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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/14/2012

I went to an acupuncturist a few days ago and he advised me to eat 2 tbspoons of sesame seeds a day. I bought them and quite enjoy the taste but doing some research I found out that they contain phytic acid which chelates important vitamins and minerals. Is it a good idea to eat them anyway? I will ask him as well the next time I see him.

From Wikipedia:

"Phytic acid has a strong binding affinity to important minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. When a mineral binds to phytic acid, it becomes insoluble, precipitates and will be nonabsorbable in the intestines. This process can therefore contribute to mineral deficiencies in people whose diets rely on these foods for their mineral intake, such as those in developing countries. Contrary to that, one study correlated decreased osteoporosis risk with phytic acid consumption. It also acts as an acid, chelating the vitamin niacin, the deficiency of which is known as pellagra. In this regard, it is an antinutrient, despite its possible therapeutic effects (see below). For people with a particularly low intake of essential minerals, especially those in developing countries, this effect can be undesirable".

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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/16/2012

Thanks Maria and Timh.... And no, Timh, I didn't know about the cauliflour, cabbage and broccoli thing. Is that because of the phytates as well? I'm afraid eating has become a science.... I almost feel like taking an university course on it! Or else.... just eat and hope for the best! What else can you do......

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Posted by Citygirl (Nanaimo, Bc) on 02/17/2012

I've heard that phytic acid is neutralized or eliminated or at least decreased if the seeds are soaked in water for at least 7 hours.

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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/17/2012

Thanks Timh, I knew about goitrogens but I didn't know which ones they were! Meaning, as long as they are all cooked it is ok. Anyway, I don't take Lugol's with dinner, I try to take it during the day. I am still worried about the phytic acid. I don't have Barry Groves book Trick and Treat here with me but I think that this might be the reason why he said that actually eating whole grain bread, pasta, rice, etc. Is actually marginally worse than eating the refined types because they blocked the absorption of vitamins and minerals. I don't remember exactly whether he mentiones phytic acid but it must have been. All so confusing.....

No, I don't think that I have thyroid problems but I blieve that like most people I am low on iodine: tired, cherry angiomas, thin, falling hair, cold extremeties, insomnia, bags under my eyes, etc.

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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/17/2012

Thanks Citygirl, I had read that once as well but should one then also drink the water they soaked in? Too bad, I quite enjoy the crunchy sesame seeds!

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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 02/17/2012

Hi Francisca, No you don't use the soak water. Sourdough bread has a much lower level of phytic acid due to the fermentation process. I should say genuine sourdough not the one that is made with bakers yeast and with only a token small bit of sourdough culture. If you grind your own grain and make sourdough bread - yummy! Some people use a rye starter as rye is supposed to have a higher amount of phytase than other grains. In the process of soaking or fermenting Phytase goes to work and digests most of the phytic acid, depending on time of ferment. Baking is supposed to remove some also.

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Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/18/2012

Thanks Maria, I have also heard that cooking with sesame seeds, for example, gets rid of the phytic acid. I am living in temporary accommodation right now and baking is not an option! I was only trying to eat the sesame seeds because my acupuncturist advised them!

Posted by Scott (Pen Argyl, Pa, USA) on 03/25/2010

Sesame Seed Oil & Hypertension

About 1-1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with a severe case of hypertension. I was put on diuretics and B blockers which for a while brought my blood pressure down to the normal range. In the past few months the drugs haven't been as effective and my pressure started trending up. Accidentally, I ran across info that sesame seed oil could bring a person's BP back into the normal range. I've been using it for the past month and my BP has been trending lower. I'm not back at normal yet but about half way there. I'm hoping in another month to 6 weeks I'll be back there and maybe be able to reduce or eventually give up the drugs altogether. Time will tell.

EC: Hi Scott,

Can you please tell us how much sesame seed oil you are taking each day and how you take it (cook with it, etc.). Thanks!

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