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Biological Name: Sesamum luteum, Sesamum indicum, Sesamum trifoliatum, Sesamum orientaleSesame

Family: Pedaliaceae

Other Names: Til, Snehaphala, Sesame, Ellu, Tila

Additional Info: This shrub is indigenous to India. It is met in three types: brown or red, white, and black. White is rich in oils, black is applied due to its vulnerary capacity.

Elements Applied: Leaves, oil, and seeds are applied in herbal medicine.

Used For: The seeds are particularly applied to boost sexual desire, relieve pains, induce urination, menstruation, sooth spasms, promote lactation, relieve constipation, and rejuvenate the system. The leaves are used to relieve pains.

The range of conditions for which Sesame is prescribed includes: wounds, ulcers, scalds, hemorrhoids, gonorrhea, dysmenorrhea, dysentery, coughs, constipation, cholera, bums, and amenorrhea.

Preparation and Intake: The herb is used in form of medicated oil, powder, poultice, paste, and sweets.

Safety: Taken in large amounts the herb may cause miscarriage. Exercise care when using it. There is no further data concerning the herb’s safety level. Be careful, as Ayurvedic plants are commonly mixed with other herbs to reduce the toxic effect one of them may produce on the body. Use the herb only under medical control.