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Delicious Gomashio Seasoning

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:05+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Condiments, Recipes|

This gomashio seasoning  is a Traditional Japanese Macrobiotic Seasoning that I learned to make in my macrobiotic days in the 70’s.

 Ingredients:

1 cup raw unhulled Sesame Seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan Salt
1 sheet of toasted nori seaweed, torn into pieces (optional)

Sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Dry roast sesame seeds with salt in a frying pan over medium heat until golden brown.
  2. Let cool.
  3. Add sesame seeds, nori and salt to the grinder. (Traditionally a mortar and pestle is used to lightly grind toasted seeds with, I use a coffee-grinder or now my new magic bullet!)
  4. Gently grind to just crack the seeds leaving the mixture mealy, Do not grind to a powder. I know from experience that it is very easy when using an electrical appliance to do grind it too much.
  5. Store in a jar.

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I like to use Organic Sesame Seeds and buy lots at the same time at a good price. Also, so I can make double the recipe above and have lots for other cooking.

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20 Huge Health Benefits of Tiny Sesame Seeds

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:05+00:00 May 19th, 2014|Nutrition, PowerFoods|

These tiny sesame seeds may be tiny, but they have huge health benefits. During the Middle Ages,  they were worth their weight in gold for many good reasons.

The more I learn about this precious seed, the more I want to share it with other people. I’m an enthusiastic eater of all sorts of seeds, but sesame seeds in the form of tahini and oil are favourites of mine.

20 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds

1. Full of Great Protein
Sesame seeds are full of high quality protein making up 20 percent of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.

2. Helps Prevent Diabetes
Sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients. Sesame oil has been shown to prevent diabetes, and it can also improve plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics.

3. Reduces Blood Pressure
The same study above reveals how sesame oil lowers blood pressure in diabetics. Sesame seeds are full of magnesium – a key nutrient known to help lower blood pressure.

black sesame seeds sharpened We’re used to seeing white sesame seeds used in baking, but black sesame seeds are richer in certain nutrients.

4. Lowers Cholesterol
Sesame helps lower cholesterol levels, because it contains phytosterols that block cholesterol production. Black sesame seeds are especially high in phytosterols.

5. Good for Digestion
The high fiber content of sesame seeds helps the intestines with elimination.

6. For Healthy Skin
The high zinc content helps produce collagen, giving skin more elasticity and helping repair damaged body tissues. Regular use of sesame oil can reduce skin cancer. Learn more about Sesame Benefits For Your Skin.

7. Boosts Heart Health

Sesame seed oil can help heart health by preventing atherosclerotic lesions with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound known as sesamol.

8. Prevents Cancer
Sesame seeds contain anti-cancer compounds including phytic acid, magnesium and phytosterols. Sesame seeds have the highest phytosterol content of all seeds and nuts.

9. Helps Lessen Anxiety
Sesame seeds contain the stress-relieving minerals magnesium and calcium. Sesame also contains the calming vitamins thiamin and tryptophan that help produce serotonin, which reduces pain, assists moods and helps you sleep deeply.

10. Alleviates Anemia
Black sesame seeds are particularly rich in iron, so they’re highly recommended for those with anemia and weakness.

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Raw Sesame Seeds

I like to use Raw Organic Sesame Seeds and buy lots at the same time at a good price.

11. Protects from Radiation Damage to DNA
Sesamol in sesame seeds and sesame oil, has been shown to protect against DNA damage caused by radiation.

12. Relieves Arthritis
The high copper content in sesame seeds prevents and relieves arthritis, and strengthens bones, joints and blood vessels.

13. Protects Your Liver from Alcohol
Sesame helps protect you from alcohol’s impact on your liver, helping you maintain healthy liver function.

14. Prevents Wrinkles
Sesame seed oil prevents […]

Benefits of Sesame For Your Skin

By | 2015-10-25T12:25:44+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Natural Beauty Treatments|

You will have learned all the wonderful health benefits of sesame seeds and how good sesame seed oil is to cook with, but have you considered how useful it is for your skin care?

Did you know that sesame seed oil is main ingredient in many skin care products? Because sesame seed oil is rich in antioxidants, it pulls toxins from your skin. I hear that sesame seed oil can even clear the skin of pimples, and fade dark spots.

Time to Add Sesame Seed Oil to Your Beauty Routine

How do Sesame Seeds Create Beautiful Skin: They are full of zinc, which is an essential mineral to produce collagen. Zinc is great for healing damaged tissues anywhere in the body. Also, sesame oil is known to prevent skin related disorders.

Cleans up the Skin:

Sesame seed oil contains antioxidants that help in detoxifying your skin. The oil attracts oil soluble toxins when applied to the skin.   A good mixture is to mix half a cup sesame seed oil with half a cup apple cider vinegar and a quarter cup water which can be washed away with hot water and soap. Apply every night after splashing your face with water.

For Glowing Skin:

Sesame seed oil helps to create glowing skin:

  • Keeps skin flexibility by keeping it soft and supple.
  • Heals mild cuts and scrapes.
  • Helps tighten the facial skin.
  • Pulls out toxins so less pimples.

Try a facial for glowing skin. Apply sesame oil all over your face and massage it in thoroughly.   Next, scrub your face with rice powder. Then wash it off with warm water. Afterwards rinse your face with cold water to close the pores.

 Healing Properties:

Sesame seed oil has excellent healing properties because it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent with antibacterial properties. This helps to get rid of skin of skin fungi such as athlete’s foot. To control vaginal yeast infections apply sesame seed oil mixed with warm water.

Helps you to Avoid and Heal Sunburns:

Apply sesame oil to your skin daily will help prevent the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun from damaging your skin. Also, helps prevent wrinkles and reduces the risk of skin cancer. After exposure to the sun, sesame seed oil can treat sunburns. It also is a natural barrier protecting your skin from smoke and pollutants in the air.

Good for Babies:

A sesame oil massage improves growth and improves sleep. Rashes on the baby’s skin especially where the diaper (from elimination toxins) can be protected with sesame seed oil by rubbing it in and it also decreases dryness of skin. Apply it to the nose and ears for protection against common skin problems.

Treats Cracked Heels: Rub sesame seed oil into your heels every night before going to bed, the put on cotton socks that you do not mind getting stained. Within a couple of days you should notice softer feet.

 Note: Only buy organic cold pressed sesame seed oil.

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Benefits of Sesame For Your Hair

By | 2015-10-25T12:28:41+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Natural Beauty Treatments|

Sesame oil is more than for stir frying; it is great for your hair and skin.

Let’s look at what it can do for your hair now. First I would like to say I haven’t done all of these yet but since doing my research on sesame oil for the hair I am beginning this week.

Some of benefits for your hair:

  1. Deep Conditioning of hair preventing split ends
  2. Prevents Scalp Problems
  3. Encourages Hair Growth
  4. Hair Darkening Qualities for premature greying of hair
  5. Natural Sunscreen to protect your hair

First, eat sesame seeds because they are packed with many nutrients which nourish the scalp and hair. Best to eat black sesame seeds that are a tonic for the liver and kidneys, and they help improve blood circulation so the nutrients are carried to all of the body which includes the skin and hair. Black sesame seeds are a good source of vitamin E, lecithin and protein which are to growing hair.

As good as this sounds, it will not happen overnight; it can take many weeks to many months to notice a difference in your hair. Patience is needed as is with any changes when improving nutrition in the diet.

  1. Deep Conditioning of hair preventing split ends: Sesame seed oil is a wonderful way to condition dry, damaged hair that is full of split ends or chemically treated. It will moisture and strengthen the hair; it will shine and be soft again.
  1. Prevents Scalp Problems: Sesame seeds are rich in replenishing vitamins, minerals and nutrients which are vital for healthy scalp. Massage your scalp with sesame seed oil; it will help moisten a dry, flaky scalp. Sesame seeds have antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help clear scalp infections, dandruff, and clogged pores that cause hair thinning and hair loss.
  1. Encourages Hair Growth: Essential fatty acids encourage hair growth and sesame seeds are full of them. When you massage warm sesame oil into your scalp it penetrates the scalp and nourishes it and thus increases blood circulation.  The sesame oil feeds your hair roots and shafts encouraging the hair to grow.
  1. Hair Darkening Qualities for Premature Greying of Hair: Sesame seed oil has hair darkening qualities for brunette or black hair. It can be used with carrier oils like olive or almond oil to reap the maximum benefits.
  1. Natural Sunscreen: Protect you hair from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays by rubbing in sesame oil.