Flavour of the month

Se­same seeds and mint leaves have myr­iad ben­e­fits for the skin, as Ayurveda will stand tes­ta­ment. But the two to­gether make for an un­usual and highly ef­fec­tive blend. BRINDA GILL finds out more.

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An un­usual mix

Since an­cient times, se­same seeds have had a spe­cial place in In­dian rit­u­als and cui­sine. Be­ing warm­ing and nu­tri­tious, se­same prepa­ra­tions are en­joyed dur­ing win­ter. In fact, se­same sweets are a high­light of In­dian win­ter fes­ti­vals. Charaka, of­ten called the Fa­ther of In­dian Medicine for his re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tions to Ayurveda and his trea­tise Charaka Samhita, placed very high value on se­same oil for its heal­ing at­tributes. Apart from be­ing con­sumed for its vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and nu­tri­ents, se­same oil is also ap­plied top­i­cally and used in tra­di­tional In­dian mas­sage. Blend in a few leaves of mint to se­same oil or a paste of se­same seeds and you have an ef­fec­tive blend at hand.

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