Sesame seed oil is a heavy oil rich in vitamin E and the minerals calcium, iron and zinc. It is a popular base oil for aromatherapists due to its intensely nourishing and emollient properties. As it has a relatively strong aroma, it is best mixed with other lighter oils. In Ayurveda, the soles of the feet may be massaged with sesame oil before sleeping to ensure a restful night. It is also flavourful and it’s usually used as a seasoning ingredient in Asian cuisine.