I was asked today, what I did to my hair to make it shiny, soft and healthy-looking. It’s so easy, I said, I just spoiled myself with a scalp and hair massage using THE OIL, Sesame Oil!
Sesame oil dates back to 600 B.C. when it was a commodity in Assyria as a luxury cooking oil. The Assyrians also used the oil for medicinal purposes. Because of its high price, it was seen as a status symbol. Assyrian legends told that when the Earth was formed, the oil of the sesame served as the wine of the gods. Evidence of sesame oil use is also found in ancient India, where it was considered sacred and utilized in Hindu rituals. Sesame seeds and oil did not arrive in the United States until the late 17th century.
Sesame seed oil massage is a natural technique to detoxify our body. In Ayurveda, it is known as Abhyanga for treating several chronic diseases like diabetes, hepatitis, and migraine. . Sesame oil massage promotes softness and luster of the skin, lubricates the muscles, tissues and joints and increases flexibility. A regular routine of this massage is believed to make one strong, and diminish the effects of aging. It helps increase the body’s capacity to handle strenuous work and healing after injury. Research studies on the healing properties of sesame oil massage have documented that it decreases stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. It reduces anxiety, depression and pain. The National Cancer Institute recommends this massage for alleviation the pain of cancer patients.
In an experiment at the Maharishi International College in Fairfield, Iowa, students rinsed their mouths with Sesame seed oil, resulting in an 85% reduction in the bacteria which causes gingivitis and helps with the overall health of teeth and gums. As nose drops, sniffed back into the sinuses, seed oil has cured chronic sinusitis. As a throat gargle, it is known to kill strep and other common cold bacteria’s.
Rubbing the skin with sesame oil will relax the skin and provide a soothing touch. Massaging the scalp with sesame oil keeps it nourished and free from bacterial and fungal infections and dandruff.
Sesame oil massage not only keeps the skin nourished and the hair luxurious but also helps to strengthen the joints. Osteoporosis and arthritis are major disorders that afflict the elderly, which gradually leads to the degeneration of the bones and joints. These also cause excruciating pain. Regular massage with this oil can reduce the pain and provide relief. Sesame oil can also be used to treat minor cuts, abrasions and scrapes.
Self-Massage step by step:
- Begin by gently warming the oil in hot water.
- Pour some warm oil into your palm and vigorously work it into your scalp and hair, using your fingertips in small circular strokes.
- Move to your face and ears, massaging more gently, but also in small circular movements.
- Using an open hand to create friction, massage both the front and back of the neck.
- Vigorously massage your arms, using a circular motion at the shoulders and elbows, and back-and-forth motions on the upper arms and forearms.
- When massaging your chest and stomach, use a gentle circular motion and a straight up-and-down motion over the breastbone.
- After applying a bit of oil to both hands, gently reach around to the back and spine and massage them as well as you can without straining.
- Vigorously massage your legs as you did your arms, using circular motions at the ankles and knees, back-and-forth motions on the long parts.
- After massaging your legs, spend extra time on your feet. Using the open part of your hand, massage vigorously back and forth over the soles of the feet.
- Keeping a thin, almost imperceptible film of oil on the body is considered very beneficial for toning the skin and warming the muscles throughout the day.
Spoil yourself! Enjoy! Namaste!