Latin Name: Sesamum indicum
Plant Family: Pedaliaceae
Extraction: Cold Pressing of the seeds
A warming blend for sports massage, sesame oil is high in vitamins A, B and E and in minerals of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is said to improve the blood platelet count and combat anaemia. Sesame is a very pale yellow oil with properties similar o those of Olive oil. It is very stable and contains a natural antioxidant system made up of sesamol and sesamolinol formed from sesamolin, these reduce the rate of oxidation significantly.
Originating from the tropical regions of the East Indies, it is an annual plant with long bell-like flowers resembling those of the foxglove plant. The seeds are difficult to harvest as the keel-shaped pods shatter so easily, so they are gathered by hand. However now there are several different varieties that allow for machine harvesting, as a result of this, it is grown worldwide. It has been cultivated for over 4000 years and was one of the plants found in Tutankhamun's tomb.
(Len & Shirley Price: Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage 4th Edition)
Sesame oil has been reported as causing hypersensitivity (Torsney 1964) It may cause an allergic reaction, primarily in contact dermatitis. (Winter 1999) It is safe to use as a cosmetic ingredient. (CIR Expert Panel)
Sesame Carrier Oil Safety Data Sheet