Sesame oil is used to detoxify, and nourish the outer and inner tissues of the body, and also lubricate the joints and muscles . Our bodies have some naturally occurring enzymes, some of which are Catalase, which is similar to antioxidants like superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase. When applied to the skin sesame oil works with catalase to break down the hydrogen peroxide that has been known to create oxidative stress. Sesame oil creates an environment that is optimal for the catalase to thrive in and inhibits the production of nitric oxide an xanthine oxidase. This allows the enzymatic defense system catalase, and superoxide dismutase to continue to break down the hydrogen peroxide in the body. Not only is this good for overall well being in the body and mind, but done before bed can induce a nice deep sleep.
Ayurveda uses other herbs such as withania somnifera dunal otherwise known as Ashwaganda. Ashwaganda has enzymes such as catalase in the leaf and using the herb brings extra enzymes into the body to fight off disease and toxins.
Application: Although it is called a bath its actually not done in the ‘bath’ Apply Sesame oil before taking a shower and leave on for a few minutes to let it soak in. Then once in the warm shower you can scrub off the oil with a cloth or sponge using a soap of your choice, but I find Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap works very well. After the shower you will find that your skin feels soft and clean and vibrant.
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