Sesame - Ajonjoli
Sesame is an ancient cultivation. Known at least 2 centuries before the birth of Christ, the Sesame plant had probably its origin in Central Africa; the exact origin cannot be determined today. Sesame seed is one of the oldest oil plants cultivated both in India and Africa. It was cultivated for some thousand years in countries between Euphrates and Tigris. It spread very early to China, Japan and to the Mediterranean countries.
The African slaves brought Sesame seeds to America and they cultivated it in
the south, where it was used to thicken food and to add flavor to their typical
African meals. Nowadays it is an essential condiment in the United States and
Sesame grows today in all warmer zones near the equator. Main cultivation areas are in India, China, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico and is cultivated abundantly in Egypt too.
Common Name: SESAME
Range: Africa, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Java, Johore, Kurdistan, Malaya, Mexico, Turkey, Venezuela
Action: abortifacient, anti diarrheal, aphrodisiac, bechic, cathartic, demulcent, diuretic, emmenagogue, emollient, lactogogue, laxative, pediculicide, tonic
Ailment: burns, cancer, catarrh, children's ailments, colic, common cold, cough, deafness, dysentery, earache, eruptions, female ailments, labor, leprosy, ophthalmia, piles, rheumatism, tumor, women's ailments, wounds
Contains: alanine, arginine, phenylalanine, vitamin B1, vitamin E, vitamin T
Indigenous Use: Aztec, Cherokee, Santal
Use: food, medicine
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Aztec's Use of Sesame
The Aztec would use the seeds as a laxative and the powder as a nutritional food.
Aztec's Method of Use
For Constipation: Boil 30 grams of sesame in 1 liter of water and drink half a glass before breakfast(on an empty stomach)and before sleep.
Sesame seed flour: Toast and add to bread, tortillas, oatmeal, and just about anything you can think of that uses flour.
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