Latin name: Sesamum indicum
Sanskrit/Indian name: Tila
Sesame seeds and sesame seed oil are used for food and skin care and have a rich tradition of medicinal use.
The sesamin in the seeds has recently been discovered help treat high blood pressure and cholesterol. Sesame seeds also relieve constipation caused by inactivity.
For constipation, Taking a tbsp of sesame oil with 1/4th ginger juice at bed time is said to loosen the bowels. Its oil is a known mild laxative.