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.
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.