Carrier Oils: Sesame Oil

Sesame oil, derived from sesame seeds, is a versatile carrier oil with a rich history of use in traditional medicine and cosmetic applications.

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Sesame Cultivation in Thailand

Black sesame cultivation in Thailand has been an important agricultural activity for many years. Thailand is one of the leading producers of sesame seeds in Southeast Asia.

Black sesame seeds are known for their high oil content and nutty flavor, which makes them a popular ingredient in many traditional Thai dishes, as well as in health foods and cosmetics. In Thailand, black sesame seeds are typically grown in the northern and northeastern regions of the country, where the climate and soil conditions are suitable for their cultivation.

The cultivation of black sesame seeds in Thailand typically begins with the selection of high-quality seeds, which are then planted in well-prepared soil during the rainy season. The plants are generally grown in rows with a spacing of about 30-40 cm between them, and they require regular watering and weeding to ensure healthy growth.

Once the sesame plants reach maturity, they produce seed pods that contain the sesame seeds. There is one harvest per year, sesame plants are harvested when they turn yellow or brown. In villages, they are then left to dry in the sun standing upright for several days. The seeds are then removed from the pods by shaking the pods on dry cloth and further dried and cleaned before they are ready for sale.

Sesame oil is a cottage industry, small manufacturers buy seeds from the farmer and press them on demand.

The oil is used in the food industry, especially food supplements and in traditional medicine. It is particularly popular in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine but is very present in folk medicines throughout the Asia region.

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Properties of Sesame Oil as a Carrier Oil

Nutrient Profile

Sesame, like all vegetable oils, is composed of fatty acids, including linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and other fatty acids. Each having its own specific benefits to the human body.

It also contains vitamins A, E, and K, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Sesame oil also contains a unique compound, sesamol, an antioxidant that helps protect the body against oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals.

Sesamol has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and swelling in the body.

Texture and Absorption

Despite its rich texture, sesame oil has a non-greasy feel that leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized without a heavy residue. Sesame oil is known for its penetrating absorption properties, allowing it to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin.

On the downside, sesame oil, like many other artisan oils, has a very strong flavor which makes it very difficult on its own in mainstream spas. It is also quite heavy and as such goes against the trend of light, dry leaves on oils.

My recommendation is to blend with refined oils for a lighter texture and customize with small amounts of virgin oils to allow for a wide range of scents.

Benefits of Using Sesame Oil in Spa Treatments

While Traditional medicines deducted the benefits of Sesame oil from clinical observations, modern technology has allowed us to clearly identify the oil ingredients responsible for its numerous benefits. Sesame, like all vegetable oils, is composed of fatty acids, including linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and other fatty acids. Each having its own specific benefits to the human body.

1. Skin Health Benefits

Sesame oil is widely recognized for its natural emollient properties, making it an ideal choice for moisturizing and softening the skin. Itl is known to strengthen the skin’s barrier function, effectively locking in moisture and providing protection against environmental stressors. Sesame oil’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties further contribute to its appeal, as it can help soothe irritated skin and promote healing.

2. Massage Benefits

Sesame oil is a good choice for differentiating the massage oils on the menu on the grounds of cultural values as well as adding a number of skin benefits to the carrier oil blend.
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3. Hair Care Benefits

Sesame oil’s nourishing properties can be harnessed in hair treatments to strengthen and revitalize hair, leaving it looking healthier and more resilient. Furthermore, sesame oil’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties contribute to maintaining a healthy scalp, preventing common issues such as dandruff and irritation.

How to Choose and Store Sesame Oil

When it comes to selecting sesame oil, opt for cold-pressed and unrefined oil, as this type retains more of its natural nutrients and maximizes the benefits it can provide in spa treatments.

Sesame oil should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.


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Francois Muguet

Francois Muguet is the co-founder and director of Alodia. With over 20 years of industry experience, he loves to share his knowledge of essential oils and their applications in both spa treatments and everyday life.

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