All About Gingelly Oil

All About Gingelly Oil

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What is Gingelly Oil? Are Gingelly and Sesame Oil the same? Gingelly oil is the Indian name for Sesame oil. (It is called Til ka Tail (तिल का तेल) in Hindi and Ellu/Nalla Enney (எள் எண்ணெய்/நல்ல எண்ணெய்) in Tamil.) There is no difference in extraction process as many uninformed sources say. Both are extracted from the seeds of Sesamum Indicum plant.

Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) is one of the most ancient oil seeds in the world. They are native to the Indian sub-continent and there are two varieties - black sesame and white sesame. Sesame oil is crushed from sesame seeds. We always recommend black sesame seed oil for hair care and skin care. White is preferred for edible use as a cooking oil because black sesame oil is slightly bitter for some palettes.

In East Asia sesame oil is crushed from toasted gingelly seeds - while this may taste very good, it has a low smoke point and is not suited for stir fry or sauteing.

Is Gingelly oil good for hair? Like all good things, if used sensibly and within limits, gingelly oil is very beneficial to hair.

Black sesame oil (oil cold-pressed from black sesame seeds) is exceedingly good for hair growth. Sesame seeds contain the antioxidants sesamin, sesamolin, and sesamol. These are good soldiers that fight against ageing of the skin and scalp.

Cold pressed sesame oil contains 81% unsaturated fat which is extremely nourishing to the hair roots, follicles and scalp. In addition sesame oil is a rich natural source of Vitamin E & Vitamin K (which are vital for hair health).

Black sesame oil is naturally dark in color and when applied to the scalp and hair, it retains the color of hair and also prevents premature greying of hair. Sesame oil is rich in plant polyphenols, which help promote hair growth

Does sesame oil regrow hair? Yes it does, in case of alopecia areata. (For general hair fall, no oil can claim this). But it can prevent loss of hair because of its omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins and minerals. In a study involving 40 patients affected with alopecia areata, 20 were put on pumpkin seed oil and 20 on black sesame oil and both of them showed remarkable improvement in 3 months. Hair regrowth abilities of pumpkin seed and sesame oils 1. Below is the startling result of this wonder herb!

Can I leave sesame oil overnight? Yes you can. If you find it causes sweating of the scalp you can restrict its application to 1 hour before bath.

Which is better - sesame oil or coconut oil? Both or equally good. According to Ayurveda, coconut oil cools you (increases kapha) and sesame oil is neutral. So if you develop a cold or sinusitis upon using coconut oil , sesame oil may be a better choice.

Can we prepare a herbal hair oil with sesame oil? Of course! It is highly recommended too


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