Scientific Name: Sesamum indicum
Folk Names: Benne
Planet: The Sun
Deities: Artemis, Ganesh, Hekate
Parts used: Seeds
Magical Properties: Money, lust, fertility, happiness, protection
Substitutions: Sunflower seeds
- Use an open jar of sesame seeds to draw money (change the seeds monthly).
Part Used: Seeds
Extraction Method: Cold-pressed
Flash Point: 255°C
Perfume Use: Base oil
Shelf Life: 6-12 months
Scent Description: Sweet, nutty scent
Active Constituents: Linoleic acid (41% of total), oleic acid (39%)
Skin Types: Dry/combination skin
Absorption Rate: Medium/fast
Properties: Emollient, soothing and healing, good for dry skin, great for hair and nails.
Notes: Sesame oil is high in antioxidants and vitamin E. Best used in a blend, up to 50%.
- Be aware of potential allergic reactions.
Plant Height: 50-100cm
Leaves: Opposite, lance shaped leaves, larger at the base (14x5cm) and smaller up the them (4x1cm)
Flowers: Tubular flower, 3-5cm long, in white, blue, or purple
Fruit: Rectangular capsules 2-8cm long and 0.5-2cm wide, filled with tiny seeds, which split open and scatter seeds when ripe/dry
Etymology: From the Greek sesamon, which is derived from the words for ‘oil’ or ‘liquid fat’ in a number of Semitic languages.
In the Garden
Light: Full sun
Water: Drought-tolerant once established
Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil
- Sesame grows best in places with a long, hot summer.
- Seeds are ready to harvest 90-150 days after planting.