2 Best Ayurvedic Oils for Skin and Hair

2 Best Ayurvedic Oils for Skin and Hair

According to ayurveda Sesame oil and Castor oil are 2 Best Oils for Hair and Body. They also help in skin conditions like Psoriasis, dry skin, Cracked heels etc.

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Ayurveda Benefits of Sesame Oil

Ayurvedic Benefits of Castor oil

Medicated Oils are widely used in Ayurveda for massaging, administering medicines and to treat diseases. Sesame oil and castor oil are mainly used as bases for most of the ayurvedic oil preparations. Among these sesame oil is considered as best. Oils are considered as excellent normalizers of vata dosha and hence used in diseases in which vata dosha is dominant.

Ayurveda Benefits of Sesame Oil

health benefits o sesame oil

Sesame oil brings aggravated vata to normal condition. When it is infused with various herbs like bala (sida cordifolia) , ashwagandha , safed musli, milk etc it almost cures all diseases.

According to B. Brown, N.R., Sesame Seed Oil has many health benefits which date back thousands of years. There are countless ways it can be used to better our health while also fighting off bacteria and other pathogens that affects our skin. It will even treat athlete’s foot!

Sesame Seed Oil is quite popular in Asian countries which it is well known for its healing properties, as well as controlling high blood pressure. More recent studies show that it is beneficial in the treatment of Migraines, Hepatitis, and Diabetes as well. It has also shown promising results in the treatment of melanoma (skin cancer), and colon cancer.

Sesame Seed Oil is also a very effective antioxidant, even when applied to the skin. It has the ability to enter the blood stream via capillaries, and promote good health by maintaining HDL (Good Cholesterol) and reduce LDL (Bad Cholesterol). It is also beneficial to the small intestine and the colon by providing the much needed healthy fats that are required to maintain healthy bowels.

Benefits of Using Sesame oil in cooking

Sesame oil is used for cooking by many. Various studies have shown the benefits of sesame oil, when consumed internally. Few are here

  1. It helps to lower the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure)This oil is easily digested and absorbed.

  2. It contains large amount of vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin E which help to slow down the ageing process.

  3. Helps to prevent osteoporosis, gastrointestinal track cancer, migraine and premenstrual cramps in women.


Sesame Seed Oil is definitely an essential oil for around the household, especially if you have children. It is known to treat and cure sinusitis (when used as nose drops), treats strep throat and kills common cold bacteria when gargled, cures skin ailments (Psoriasis, dry skin, etc.), it even kills lice and provides natural UV protection against the sun when applied to the skin.

Sesame Seed Oil also soothes burns from the sun and wind. When applied to the hair, it prevents dry scalp which reduces dandruff and also nourishes the hair and its follicles. Before swimming in a chlorine treated pool, apply Sesame Seed Oil to the skin to protect it from chlorines harmful effects.

If undergoing radiation treatments, using Sesame Seed Oil before and after will help neutralize the formation of oxygen radicals which is a likely side effect when taking radiation treatments.

Oil toxins inside and outside of the body are curiously attracted to Sesame Seed Oil molecules. When these toxins come in contact with the molecules of this beneficial oil, they can simply be rinsed away from the skin with soap and water. Inside the body, The molecules of this natural oil rid of toxins via the bloodstream which are then excreted from the body as waste.

Sesame seed oil can also be used to treat vaginal yeast infections when mixed with warm water. Other health benefits of Sesame oil include; keeps the skin soft and healthy, keeps joints flexible, heals and protects mild scrapes and cuts, tightens facial skin and reduces pore size. Sesame Oil is one of the few oils that will not cause the facial skin on teenagers to break out, and in fact will neutralize toxins and poisons while promoting fresh, healthy skin.

For young children and babies, use Sesame Oil to protect their sensitive skin from diaper rash, and use in the nose and ears to protect against skin pathogens. Swab inside the nose to protect against air borne viruses, which they are most likely to catch while in school.

As you can see, Sesame Seed Oil is one of nature’s medicines that not only promotes all around good health, but tastes great in salads too.

According to Ayurveda Sesame oil increases hair growth and enhances volume of hair and its shine. It strengthens the hair roots, kills lice and prevents formation of dandruff. It heals the boils of scalp caused by infections and prevents hair loss. Regular use of sesame oil, infused with hair friendly herbs like bringaraj, neem, gotu kola, etc prevent itching of scalp.

Massaging sesame oil on body has immense benefits. It rejuvenates body skin and increases its glow and fairness. It strengthens and tones the muscles (mamsa dhatu) and ligaments. Sesame oil massage is very beneficial in body pain, joint pains, insomnia and dry skin.

Sesame oil should not be used in diseases in which pitta dosha and rakta dhatu (blood) are vitiated.

Ayurvedic Benefits of Castor oil:

According to ayurveda Castor oil enhances body strength (balya) .It is very beneficial in all types diseases where vata is dominant. It normalizes and tames vitiated vata. Castor oil is widely used to treat skin diseases.

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Castor oil is a very beneficial oil especially when it comes to hair treatment and hair growth. It is a laxative and comes from castor beans. The yellow colored oil looks like refined mustard but isn’t actually a mustard oil. Castor oil is rich in vitamin E and contains lots of minerals and proteins. It has many benefits for your skin because it has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is unusual that it has many benefits but the main reason is due to this is because of the fatty acids that it contains. It consists of 91% of ricin oleic acid, which is chemically a very strong antibacterial agent.

You may be asking yourself “why it is good for your hair”? This is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Our hair consists of very small roots and therefore proper blood circulation is very important for our hair. The oil is very beneficial for this reason as it greatly improves blood circulation around the scalp. One can easily apply it onto the scalp and massage it in for a few minutes. Blood circulation is very important for hair growth as it is like giving water to a plant.

If you want to make you hair look stronger and for growing active hairs, then you should start considering castor oil. It is very effective oil and mainly it is very good for reducing hair loss. If you are bald and you want to grow hair, then look up for this oil.

There are many people who were suffering from scalp infections because of their improper diet or any nutritional deficiencies. Pollution is also one reason which leads to scalp or hair infections. Washing your hair is good but washing it daily weakens and dries your hair, making it brittle. As I described earlier, castor oil is antibacterial and antifungal so it is good that you use this natural oil for treating your scalp. Bald patches can also be prevented by using castor oil. Ringworm and many other scalp disorders are treated with castor oil and many pharmaceutical companies are still improving its quality with their researches and products.

Split ends are the main problem for many of us but it cannot be easily treated with any medicinal product. The oil which is high in vitamin E and other diverse nutrients easily penetrates the scalp to nourish it and therefore reduces split ends. The best property of this oil is omega 6 fatty acids content, which is really good for treating human hair growth and reducing split ends. Dandruff can also be treated with castor oil but other oils are usually used for this purpose instead. It is also helpful in moisturizing our skin and prevents dry or unhealthy skin.

Author – Dr.Savitha Suri. Consultant ayurvedic physician. 

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