Sesame, Hei Zhi Ma (Barbarian’s Hemp)
A Chinese woman in ancient China was said to have consumed sesame for more than 80 years on end, which made her live to over 90 years of age and still look like a young lady. At 90, she could still walk 300 miles a day and run as fast as a deer.
A Chinese document relates that sesame
can be boiled and made into tablets as big as bullets. By taking one tablet each day, you will get a shiny complexion. By taking the same dosage for 2 years, the grey hair will go away; for 3 years, lost teeth will grow back; for 4 years, you will have complete freedom from disease; for 5 years, you will be able to run as fast as a horse; and for life, you will achieve longevity.
From the point of view of modern medicine, sesame contributes to longevity primarily because it contains vitamin E.
Sesame can also increase the beauty of the skin and the Chinese often make use of a combination of sesame and rice powder as a beauty formula.
First, fry sesame in an oil-free pan and, after a while, add a little water and mix thoroughly. Next, strain the sesame and add a little rice powder to the sesame fluid. Then bring the fluid to a boil over low heat. Remove from heat and add a little honey or sugar or other condiments to taste.
The Chinese believe that the skin can be made beautiful, not by vegetables or fruits alone, but also by an adequate amount of vegetable oils, particularly sesame. The combination of sesame and rice powder is also effective for treating constipation, which is a symptom that needs to be corrected if the skin is become beautiful.
Sesame is called barbarian’s hemp in Chinese, because it looks like hemp and it was originally imported from a foreign country on the western border of China by a Chinese general named Zhang Qian, when he was sent by the Chinese emperor to conquer that country in 119 B.C. It must be pointed out that the Chinese regarded all foreigners as barbarians during that period of Chine history.
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