Open Sesame

This year Valentine’s Day fell on a wonderful, long holiday weekend. While taking advantage of this fact we may have loved a lot (or maybe just loved a lot of wine and chocolate)! In any case coupled with what I’m sure are extremely rigorous exercise regimes we could all use a bit of replenishing. Enter the sensational and astonishingly unappreciated Black Sesame.

In Chinese Medicine the black sesame is almost revered. It is said to nourish the Yin. In English that means nourishing the body fluids, blood, even the hair and skin. In addition to nourishing the yin the The Tao of Nutrition states that, “black sesame tonifies the liver and the kidneys, harmonizes the blood, lubricates the intestines, restores hair color and promotes lactation.” The black sesame is especially beneficial for the kidneys which belongs to the water element. The season of the water element is now – winter. While we enjoy the last few weeks of winter it’s a good idea to stock up on sustenance for spring.

How might we take advantage of this modest little marvel? Here are a few ideas.

Add them to any hot cereal like oatmeal, cream of rice or barley. They are nutty and delicious when added to porridge.

They can be toasted and ground in a spice grinder then added to your hot cereal or smoothie.

The easiest thing are these little hot cereal packets (usually at Asian specialty food stores) that feature black sesame. Just add water and drink.

Store the sesame seeds ground or whole in freezer to keep them fresh.

Sesame oil is also a wonderful skin treatment and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It softens, soothes and regenerates the skin, but it doesn’t stop there. Sesame oil actually penetrates the seven layers of the skin and nourishes the blood and even the bones.

By the way check out Golden Path Alchemy’s awesome body scrubs which all include organic sesame oil.