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Black Sesame Seeds

Posted Mar 04 2011 2:46pm

Sesames

In the east, sesame seeds are used commonly in cooking: as seeds, powder and oil. In Chinese Medicine, the life sprouts from these seeds, miraculously builds strengthens, lubricates the body inside out, and extends our health to its maximum potential. A great daily TCM supplement.

Characteristic

Neutral

Taste

Sweet

Medicinal Properties

  1. Lubricates organs: lubricate the bowels, nourishes hair, skin, and chronic dry cough.
  2. Strengthens one's overall health: energy, bone's density, and improves memory.

Traditional Medicinal Uses in TCM

  1. Anemia, causing dry skin, brittled hair and fatigue: grind a handful of raw black sesame seeds and sprinkle a tablespoon into oatmeal, steam with rice, or take with a glass or warm water. Eat daily, once a day for at least a month.
  2. Old-age constipation (low metabolism): ground a handful of roasted black sesame seeds and walnuts and mix with sea salt. Use when cooking, a great substitution for salt. Use daily.
  3. Strengthens the bones and retain memories: eat 1~2 sesame cookies daily ( recipe from previous post )

Contraindications

Like any other good oils, it is advised to take in moderation.  

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