Tila, til, Sesame, Sesamum indicum DC


Sanskrit: Tila


Hindi: Til

 English: Sesame

Latin: Sesamum indicum DC. (S. orientale, S. trifoliatum, S luteum)

Part Used: Seed, oil, leaf. There are three variet- ies; black, white, red (or brown). White has most oil, black is best for healing

Habitat: Small bush throughout India Energetics: Sweet-hot-sweet V– PK+ Tissues: All, especially bone

Systems: Excretory, reproductive, urinary, respi- ratory

Action: Seeds—laxative, emollient, demulcent, diuretic, promote ojas, nourishing, galactogogue, emmenagogue, nutritive tonic, rejuvenative. Leaves—demulcent

Uses: Seeds—excellent rejuvenative tonic for Váyu doßhas, bones and teeth; hemorrhoids, dysentery, constipation (decoction or sweets); decoction with linseed for cough, aphrodisiac; as a paste, with butter for bleeding hemorrhoids; powder for amen- orrhea, dysmenorrhea (and a warm hip bath with a handful of seeds placed in the water); poultice ap- plied externally to ulcers, burns, and scalds. Ap- plying the oil to the body and head is useful for Váyu doßhas, calming, giving nutrition, antioxi- dant properties, dry skin, ulcers, oozing wounds, with equal parts of lime juice for burns and scalds, on eyelids for eye problems; cooking/frying. In- gesting oil—gonorrhea. Leavesmucilage for dysentery, cholera infantum, etc. Decoction from leaves and root—hair wash, blackens hair, pro- motes hair growth. Sesame stalks are good food for cows.

Spiritual Uses: Sattwic (holy)—good for yogis (up to one ounce daily)

Preparation: Decoction, sweets, paste, poultice, powder, medicated oil

Precaution: Large doses may cause abortion; obe- sity, high Pitta

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