What Are the Different Uses of Sesame Oil?

Nya Bruce

Ask people how to use sesame oil and the most common and obvious answer will be for cooking. There are, however, other uses for this type of oil that do not involve food. In addition to cooking, it may also be used for massages, treating dry skin, and in organic insecticides. Even pharmaceutical companies use sesame oil in intramuscular injections.

Sesame oil.
Sesame oil.

One of the most popular uses of sesame oil is in the preparation of some types of food. This is particularly true in certain parts of the world such as South India, China and Korea. Sesame oil can be used in making stir-fry dishes, marinades, salad dressings and even for frying. The taste of the oil varies depending on its color. Lighter oils tend to be mild, while darker oils have a more intense flavor and are used primarily when preparing Asian dishes.

Sesame oil.
Sesame oil.

Another of the more popular uses of sesame oil is as a topical treatment for the skin. Its emollient properties may help soothe and moisturize dry skin with regular applications. People who are suffering from body aches or anxiety may also benefit from its use. Sesame oil often serves as a base oil for massages and can be mixed with oils that are too irritating to use on their own.

Sesame oil is a popular ingredient in salad dressing.
Sesame oil is a popular ingredient in salad dressing.

There are multiple benefits when it comes to the dietary and topical uses of sesame oil. It is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E. Sesame oil also contains both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that may help in lowering high blood pressure.

Prior to implementing any of these uses of sesame oil it is important to determine if there is an allergy or sensitivity. People who are allergic to sesame seeds should not use the oil either topically or internally. To check for potential skin allergies, apply a small amount of the oil behind the ear and wait for 24 hours. Within that time period, check on a regular basis for any redness, rash or obvious irritation that may indicate a reaction. If diarrhea is an issue, taking sesame oil should also be avoided as it is a mild laxative and can worsen the problem.

Some of the lesser known uses of sesame oil involves insecticides and injections. In terms of injections, it is often used as a carrier for certain types of intramuscular injections. Intramuscular injections are injections that go directly into the muscle. Medications, such as progesterone for fertility treatments, are made using an oil solution. Sesame oil may also be used in the manufacturing of insecticides. It is considered a minimal risk active ingredient and is frequently used in organic insecticides.

Sesame oil can be used in making stir-fry dishes.
Sesame oil can be used in making stir-fry dishes.

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Insecticide, huh? I wonder if it has any mosquito-repelling properties? That would be a really good thing. I wonder if spraying it around the yard would get rid of some of the mosquitoes? What a blessing if it did!

I have some in the kitchen. I may dab some on my neck and arms the next time I go outside to see if it's any good at keeping those little devils at bay. That would be great! Not as stinky as bug spray, and no chemicals! That could only be a good thing. I’d like to find a natural mosquito repellent that actually works!


I've honestly never heard of any uses for sesame oil but for cooking, but it makes sense that there would be as many uses for it as there are for other oils.

I love to use sesame oil for cooking, though. I don't know that it adds a great deal of flavor to dishes, but it is great for cooking. I like the way it smells when it heats up. It's kind of a nutty smell.

Dark sesame oil is more intense, not surprisingly. It does add some flavor to the cooked food. I also like it for something that is strongly flavored.

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