Prevention magazine has named Sesame oil as superfood #3. According to the magazine it is rich in a heart-healthy compound called phytosterols. Apparently, they help block the absorption of harmful LDL's.
In doing some research from Britannica Encyclopedia the sesame plant was around B.C.. In fact it was used before Moses by the Egyptians as they ground the seed into a grain flour. No wonder our flour is nothing like it was back in those days. However, it has been altered by man. The plants are known for scattering their seeds thus making it very difficult to harvest and quite labor intensive. In the 20th century, a form of the plant has been created that does not scatter their seeds thus making it easier to harvest by machine. But, it makes one wonder (at least it does for me) did this change the make up of the plant and is it truly still as good for us????
Dr. Mercola - a certified Osteopathic Dr., notes that it has been used for centuries in Asian cuisine and that it also has some medicinal purposes. Additionally, in Aromatherapy, it is used as a massage oil and as a carrier oil for the essential oils. It may be used as a skin detoxifier - apply to your skin, let it sit on for 15 minutes and then wash off along with several others. If you wish to view everything Dr. Mercola notes about Sesame Oil you can go to his website https://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/sesame-oil.aspx
Appears to be a very versatile and amazing oil. I think I am going to have to find some pure Sesame oil to use as a carrier oil with my Young Living pure essential oils!