Ayurvedic rejuvenation with Sesame
Sesame is an ancient oilseed and one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. This warm season annual crop grows well in drained soils and has a long growing season. Its cultivation has spread from India to the entire world. Through the ages sesame seeds have been a source of food and oil.
Why is Sesame used so widely in Ayurveda?
Sesame oil also known as tilli ka taila has been used for food and medicine since Vedic times. The scholar Charaka in his well-known treatise on Ayurveda claims that sesame oil is the best choice for Abhyanga. It is rich in linoleic acid and has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita list manifold benefits of sesame oil.
Which of the doshas is best treated by Sesame Oil?
Sesame oil is especially useful for pacifying Vata dosha. Its regular use prevents escessive drying and restores the natural balance of the doshas. Regular massage with sesame oil increases blood circulation and nourishes the nerve endings. It is the perfect lubricant for the joints which are the most affected by Vata dosha. It helps to release toxins from the body via the surface of the skin, thus promoting balance of the doshas.
Is Sesame oil beneficial for Kapha dosha?
Sesame oil has a natural warm quality and is therefore good for Kapha dosha also. But one has to use it with caution. In cases of excessive Kapha, it may be counter-productive. Since Sesame grows in dry arid climate, it is naturally beneficial for the dry qualities in the human body. Most of the Ayurvedic therapies have registered the use of Sesame oil for its ability to strengthen the system, detoxify the body and ensure the proper functioning of all the vital organs.
VEDAYA AND SESAME OIL
At Vedaya, we have created a range of Ayurvedic massage oils all of which have a base of sesame oil. Sesame oil provides excellent nourishment to the skin as it is rich in linoleic acids and vitamin E.
How do we extract sesame oil?
To ensure that the maximum benefits are retained from the natural product, we extract oil organically by the cold press method. The introduction of heat to the process of generating oil from seeds degrades their flavour, colour and nutritional values. Cold pressed oils are far superior in quality and application.
How does the cold press method of extraction work?
At Vedaya, we use the traditional method of grinding the nuts and seeds with huge grinding stones. The sesame seeds are ground slowly into an even paste. This paste is then slowly stirred over extremely gentle heat which encourages the oil to separate from the solid matter. Once the oil separates, pressure is applied, forcing the oil out. After extraction, the oil is carefully stored at certain temperatures and in optimum containers so that it retains its quality and nutrients.
What are the major benefits of cold pressed oil?
Cold pressed sesame oil will have a pale yellow color and a mild nutty flavor. It also has a higher content of fatty acids vis-à-vis the oil obtained from the heating process. The cold pressed oil also has a higher sesamolin content which prevents oxidation of the product. This gives the finished product a longer shelf life.
How do we manufacture Ayurvedic oils?
Vedaya‘s range of Ayurvedic oils for skin care, have been created after careful study of the ancient Ayurvedic text Sahasrayogam and are manufactured in the exact manner prescribed by Ayurveda.
The oils used are first purified by boiling the oil with eight other herbs and leaves for one full day. This process is called Munchchana. Only purified oils are used in the final products.
29 powerful herbs are powdered into a churna. This churna is added to the purified oils and sixteen times the quantity of water is incorporated. On a slow fire, the whole mixture is then reduced to a fourth of its original quantity. This process is called Kalka Dravya. This process takes approximately two days.
For the second time, sixteen times the quantity of water is added along with the particular herbs that are unique to that blend. This mixture is further reduced to a fourth of the quantity on a slow fire. This process called Kwath Dravya takes another two days.
Then all the Dravyas are combined and slow processed on a wood fire for another five days. At the final stage, essential oils are added to make the product pleasant to use and experience.
How do we test our products?
Utmost care is taken to ensure that the highest standards of quality and hygiene are maintained. Every step of the production process is subject to strict supervision and testing by our team of doctors, micro-biologist and cosmetologists.
At every stage, the product batch is tested at our in-house laboratory for a variety of parameters. We have an in-house laboratory for testing every batch for pH testing, Stability Testing, Microbial testing etc. We also have tie-ups with other laboratories to test for HPLC-UV, Gas Liquid Chromatography etc.
Vedaya’s range of Ayurvedic massage oils are all sesame oil based, which helps to ensure deeper penetration into the skin. This helps to remove toxins from within and also combined with the massaging action has tremendous therapeutic benefits.
NOURISHING BODY MASSAGE OIL is a nourishing body massage oil which helps to keep the skin soft and supple. It tones up the muscles and leaves the skin rejuvenated.
Mahanarayan Taila is a classic Ayurvedic recipe that has remained unchanged over millennia. It is mainly prescribed for the treatment of chronic musculo-skelatal disorders such as arthritis and rheumatism.
RELAXING MASSAGE OIL is a relaxing massage oil which helps to alleviate stress and exhaustion by soothing the senses. It is especially beneficial for aggravated Vata dosha.
All our Ayurvedic Tailas are packaged in our bespoke amber colored glass bottles. The range brings the ancient healing benefits of Ayurveda combined with the sensibilities of modern day wellness products.
We always believe in the power of herbs!
SUNTH – DRIED GINGER
This is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. It is known to soothe arthritis, open up the pores and destroy acne-causing bacteria. Consumption of dried ginger powder is very effective in increasing metabolism, thus helping to burn off stored fat in the body.
Manjishtha (Rubia Cordifolia) is a well known rasayana-that which rejuvenates! It has inherent anti-oxidant and bloody purifying properties, which makes it ideal for complexion building and treating damaged skin tissue. In powder form, it is used for lightening dark spots on the skin.
Haritaki, which is abundantly found in North India, is considered a divine fruit in Ayurveda. It is a vitalising herb which promotes longevity and maintains youthfulness. It is useful in balancing all the three doshas-vata, pitha and kapha. It cleanses the skin and brings a natural glow to the skin.