Latin name: Sesamum indicum
Chinese name: hu ma ren

What is Sesame?
Sesame is a plant found in many parts of the world. Its nutritious seeds and oil have been used as food and medicine for thousands of years; in fact, sesame was one of the plants found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. The seeds are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. Sesame oil contains an extremely high level of antioxidants.

What are the health benefits of Sesame?
Because of its antioxidant content, sesame serves as a tonic for the elderly, slowing the negative effects of the aging process, which include senility, premature graying, onset of weakness, joint, and muscle pain, and problems with hearing and vision. Nutrients in sesame seeds reportedly help to reduce cholesterol levels. Sesame oil is used to fight gum disease and also serves as a laxative.

Where can I find Sesame?
Sesame seeds can be found online, in health food stores, and in supermarkets.

You can find sesame seed combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formulas:
Hair Nurture, which nourishes hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth.
Perpetual Shield, which enhances immunity.

You can find sesame oil combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
Regenerating Cream, which nurtures the skin cells, minimizing the appearance of aging and scarring and improving skin quality.

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