The nutrient rich seeds of sesamun indicum are naturally revealed as their protective outer shell opens precisely when they are most ready to be harvested, hence the phrase "open sesame". Because the plant thrives in dry climates it is considered useful for remedying dryness, according to Ayurveda. Sesame oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids which help to restore skin to soft and supple. It has a very high overall antioxidant content, is anti-inflammatory, accelerates wound healing, brightens skin and can even protect against radiation. If all this weren't enough to make it a powerhouse ingredient it even has potent antibacterial properties.