100% wildcrafted black sesame oil is sweet, bitter and astringent in taste, warming in action, and easily penetrates and nourishes the skin. Soothing and reducing the effects of Vata, without aggravating Kapha, it is known to promote stability, strength & softness. Owing to its warming nature, black sesame is indicated for those who run cold, experience dry skin, or live in cooler climates.
Rasasara wildcrafted black sesame oil is an Ayurvedic staple. Warmed and slathered on the entire body, this oil protects and nourishes the skin. Especially recommended for dry skin, black sesame alleviates psoriasis, excema, joint pain or stiffness. Black sesame is applied to babies from birth in India and is the perfect nourishing oil for baby massage or for children complaining of growing pains (a vata ailment). Always warm the oil before applying to the skin.
Black sesame oil is the primary staple oil used by Ayurveda for external application when it comes to healing, nourishing & protecting the body & senses. Ayurveda espouses that oiling the skin daily [abhyanga] creates a protective, strengthening force field around you for the day.
Apply the oil for 5 minutes before showering or bathing, using long strokes on the limbs and smaller circular strokes around the joints. Apply at least a palm full of oil starting with the head, oiling the ears, nostrils the scalp, nape of the neck, décolletage and centre of the chest or heart. Oil the feet, and pay special attention to the hips, buttocks and lower abdomen, known as the seat of Vata. Once you’re in the warm water, continue to massage the oil thoroughly into the skin – do not use soap to remove the oil – just soap the intimate parts to remove oil. As you towel off, gently pat your body dry and avoid getting dressed immediately, this way the oil can continue to penetrate the body.
For best results, once a week, apply the oil and allow yourself a 15 min rest or meditation (in a warm place and warm robe) before you shower or bathe. This practice allows the nerves to calm and for impurities to be softened and carried out of the body. It helps with pain management, strengthens the nervous system and enhances immunity. Be sure to apply the oil with patience and kindness, this is not a rushed practice. In Ayurveda, this is known as ‘snehana‘ or ‘self-love’, and is literally an application of love.
Tip: It’s best to apply the oil generously and warmed before you shower or bathe, as the warm water will open the pores and the oil will penetrate deeply. You can warm the oil by placing the bottle of sesame oil at the head of the bath whilst its fillng with warm water. Alternatively, place the bottle in a large bowl or pan of medium to hot water.
Please note: Take good care during this practice and make sure to clean the floors and bath room during and after so as to avoid slipping. Covering the floor with a rug or large towel is advisable. Never run towels used for abhyanga or oiling in your machine dryer, place them outside to sun dry.
Black Sesame Oil*
475ml or 240ml Amber glass bottle + Aluminium cap