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Black Sesame Seeds: A Natural Remedy for Grey Hair + 10 Amazing Health Benefits

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Many of us are looking for a magic pill to darken grey hair. And may be it does exists.

I was recently reading The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Dr Vasant Lad and in that he stresses about eating sesame seeds for healthy hair. Ayurveda believes that the health of the bones, hair, and nails is connected. The vitamins and minerals that help to keep your bones healthy are also essential for the health of your hair and nails. So if your hair is unhealthy, it may suggest that the health of your bones may be affected.

But of course people who lose hair may or may not have weak bones. Hair loss is not always due to vitamin or mineral deficiency.  It can be caused by stress, long-standing illness, pollution, harsh hair products, and no head massage – Yes I give a lot of importance to head massage, which is a means of delivering nutrients to grow your hair.

Coming back to the magic pill. My husband, Aslam, always had grey hair. He says they appeared in his early 20s – according to him it was due to bad eating habits and unnecessary worrying (phew!! only if we learn to eliminate latter). Now in his mid 30s, and with continual hair-talks going in the house, he wants to darken his greys. He is not regular with finger nail rubbing, which can help reverse grey hair. And he absolutely abhors applying hair packs or henna on his hair. It’s too much of a hassle for him 🙁

Inspired by the aforementioned ayurvedic book, I started researching on sesame seeds and came across black variety, which is supposedly a magic cure for black hair

Black Sesame Seeds Reverse Greying & Promote Healthy Hair

In traditional Chinese Medicine black sesame seeds are considered as one of the best anti-aging foods. Along with nourishing the scalp and stimulating hair growth, black sesame seeds can promote melanocyte activity to produce melanin – the pigment responsible for hair and skin colour.

With a rich nutty flavor, sesame has one of the highest oil content of any seed. They come in different varieties and may be black, brown, red, and tan in colour. The nutritional composition of all sesame seeds is almost similar. Except that black variety has exceptionally high amount of antioxidants and anti-aging benefits.

Research suggests that antioxidants present in the black sesame seeds can counteract or neutralize the effect of free radicals that damage cells and cause aging (including grey hair, hair loss and wrinkles).

Sesame seeds are a good source of hair nourishing vitamins and minerals such as copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B1, amino acids, selenium, melanin, and dietary fiber. Plus, these tiny seeds also contain natural antioxidants – sesamin, sesamolin, and sesamol.

Chinese Medicine considers the hair and skin to be an external mirror of the body’s internal state of health. The hair is said to be nourished by the Blood and the skin receives moisture from the body’s Yin. When the Yin is affected it can cause dry or itchy skin. And when blood is deficient it may cause hair loss and grey hair.

Black Sesame Seed can nourish the body organs, the Blood and the Yin, bringing nutrition to the hair and skin. While you apply creams, oils and hair masks, regularly eating a tablespoon of black sesame seeds will help solve the root of the problem.

Health Benefits of Black Sesame Seeds

1. Encourages Bone Health and Prevents Osteoporosis: Sesame seeds are a good source of bone-forming minerals (calcium, phosphorous, magnesium). One tablespoon of unhulled seeds contain about 88mg of calcium, more than a glass of milk. Plus the high zinc content increases bone mineral density.

2. Helps you sleep Better: Sesame contain the stress-relieving minerals magnesium and calcium. It also contains amino acid tryptophan that help produce serotonin, which assists moods and helps you sleep better by restoring the normal sleep pattern.

3. Skin beautifying: The oleic acid in sesame seed offers skin softening as well as cell regenerating benefits. And the linoleic acid helps restore skin barrier and prevents moisture loss from your skin.  While the high phytosterols are great for reducing redness and itching and combating weather damaged skin.

3. Relieves arthritis: The high copper content in sesame seeds helps in reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis. In addition, this mineral keeps your bones and joints flexible and healthy.

4. Prevents Cancer: Sesame seeds contain anti-cancer compounds including phytic acid, magnesium and phytosterols. And the phytosterol content of sesame (especially the black sesame seeds)  is the highest of any commonly consumed seeds and nuts.

6. Protects Liver: The antioxidants in the black sesame seeds protect the liver from oxidative damage, helping you maintain healthy liver function.

6. Alleviates Anemia: Black sesame seeds have higher iron content than other varieties, so they’re highly recommended for people suffering from anemia.

7. Good for cardiovascular health:  The lignans (sesamin and sesamolin) present in the sesame seeds are believed to reduce blood cholesterol levels and prevent high blood pressure. Also, magnesium and calcium are important essential minerals that help regulate blood pressure.

9. Prevents Asthma: The magnesium in the sesame seeds help to prevent airway spasm in asthma patients.

10. Improves eye health: As per traditional Chinese medicine, eyes are closely related to liver healthy. When liver is affected the eyes become tired and dry and vision may become blurred. Black sesame seeds are a natural tonic for liver, which in turn is believed to nourish and support eyes’ function.

Grey Hair Challenge

Since I found out that black sesame seeds help with greying and has zillion other benefits, I added them to our diet. Amla – fresh or powder – is also now a regular part of our diet.

It’s not just hair obsession. When you include healthy foods like black sesame seeds, amla, and ginger your whole body as well as mind benefits.

Last year Aslam regularly took amla powder and his vision got better. He is short-sighted and his number dropped 0.5 points in both the eyes. But, then compliance is not easy. He stopped.

Recently he had this healthy awakening. Although his eating habits are pretty healthy, it’s the extra bits that undo the harm we have caused over years. So now he has started doing regular pranayam and yoga. He is also taking amla powder with warm water in the morning. Plus, 1-2 teaspoon sesame seeds in the salad.

Grey Hair Challenge: Aslam has about 30 to 35% grey hair. It’s been 2 weeks of incorporating these additions and I will keep you posted of any changes that happen. I have read that you will see any noticeable changes after 3 months and complete reversal of greying in about 2 years.

The beauty of natural home remedies is that even though you don’t see instant results, using them regularly will bring lasting, permanent changes. After all, patience is a virtue.


How To Enjoy Black Sesame Seeds

  1.  Dry roast lightly under a low flame just for few minutes. Their flavour becomes more pronounced on roasting. Sprinkle over salad, sandwich, stir-fry, or simply eat a handful as a snack.
  2. You can also soak or sprout sesame seeds. Soak overnight, drain the water and eat. Or let them sprout for 2 to 3 days.
  3. Til Ke ladoo or Sesame candy is traditional sweet dish of India. Made with sesame and jaggery (unrefined sugar), til ke ladoo is enjoyed by people of all age groups. Here is the recipe: Sesame Ladoos
  4. You can even make a black sesame soup, which is actually a dessert, made with black sesame seed, rice, and sugar

Note: The seed hull contains phytic acid, an anti-nutritive factor, which can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients. Soaking and roasting them can greatly reduce the phytic acid content and also improve the flavour and digestibility.

How much to eat: Recommended daily dose of black sesame seeds  is from 10 to 15 grams or one level tablespoon.

Storing Instruction: Always store sesame seeds in airtight containers, in cool dark place to avoid them turn rancid.

Sesame seed allergy: Sesame can trigger allergic reactions in some people. If you have diarrhoea or fever avoid eating black sesame seeds.

Update: Sesame Seeds And Amla Can Help Reverse Grey Hair

Thanks for update requests….I have been wanting to update for quite some time now.

Unlike my husband, I don’t have many grey hair. They only appeared 4 years ago, when I was going through a very stressful time. I am 36 now.

A very astonishing thing has happened in last three-four months. I am seeing my greys growing dark from the roots. I first noticed it when I was collecting all the fallen hair after the head massage, and I saw that one hair is grey (henna-dyed) towards the end and dark at the root. I have collected few such hair. And it gives me hope that grey hair can be reversed.

I haven’t seen any such thing on my husband’s hair, yet. He has faith in natural remedies, especially amla, after seeing an improvement in his vision, but he needs to be more consistent in his practice. He always says he will start from tomorrow, which never comes.

This is what I do: I have been eating black sesame seeds since last 1 year and I also drink fresh amla juice about once or twice a week. I use amla in my homemade shampoo as well.

I am more regular with my yoga and meditation practice. I do believe that a calm and stable mind is very important for good hair, skin and overall health.

I don’t know what really helped to reverse my grey hair — is it eating sesame seeds, or amla, or doing meditation and yoga, or bit of everything.

I am still experimenting things on myself, hopeful by the year end I will write a detailed post on what worked for me (and hopefully my husband).

Do you take black sesame seeds? What has been your experience? Share below!

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  • mona says:

    I daily take flax seeds with yogurt can I add black sesame seeds to my diet thanks

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Mona, Is there a reason you eat flax seed with yoghurt? Just curious 🙂
      Yes, you can add black sesame seeds as well.

    • Mary Frasca says:

      Ok thanks. Does it change anything if I am only using the seeds to reverse my grey hairs?

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  • Shruti says:

    Hi Minaz,

    I saw your blog regarding intake of black sesame seeds and aamla. Your husband was taking these, did you find any noticeable change in his hair yet ? I also started taking aamla and sesame seeds and I am just curious to know the results. 🙂

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hello Shruti, he is taking amla almost every day. And the good news is that his eye number further reduced by 0.25.
      But his greys are the same. Since our India trip he has not been taking black sesame. He just started yesterday. Will give an update in 3 months time. Regards, Minaz

    • vic says:

      its been about 3 months have his greys changed at all?

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Vic, he has not been consistent (eating once/twice a week), haven’t seen any visible change.

    • AJ says:

      its too hard to decide Whether Eating Sesame seeds Would Change The Color Of Grey Hair Or Not . Because Your Husband Hair are Still The Same Condition. My Hair Are Also Started Turning White And Grey I am 31 .

      I Think We Can Not Change The Color Its All genetic DNA Issue , Too Hard Almost Impossible To Revert The Color Back.

    • AJ, terms like genes and hereditary are a great excuse to not take responsibility. I keep hearing things like, ‘I have diabetes or heart disease because all of my mum’s/dad’s side have it… And when I see their lifestyle I know why they have these problem. There is scientific evidence to prove that you can you can change/alter your genetic pattern depending on the foods you eat, exercise and thoughts you think.

    • Nora says:

      THANK YOU! I totally agree!!!!

    • Adee Hassan says:

      if u all of u want to change grey hair into black.. then read it carefully…
      take 250 gm Bhringraj powder + 250 gm black sesame seeds… mix seeds in bhringraj powder… now daily before 30 mints breakfast 1 spoon and chew like up to five minuts. that it completely chewd. now after that drink 1 glass cold water. for complete and good result use this whole… it works…!1

    • Ashu says:

      Hi , just thought of sharing this tip which i have started using just a week back. You can soak handful of black sesame seeds overnight and grind them to fine paste and apply in your hair, later take a bath. Hope that should be followed every week. Lets all seethe result.

  • deepak says:

    Hi Minaz,
    I have some grey hair in my 22’s age.
    I want to know that will black sesame seeds reverse the Grey hair. How can I take it, like raw seeds or something else, and what amount of seeds I have to take a day.
    Thank you

    • Hello Deepak.

      Technically this is how sesame seeds work:

      Your hair follicles produce natural peroxide (causes grey hair), which is neutralised by enzyme catalase. But as we age our body makes less catalase, so the number of grey hair increases.
      Sesame seeds contain amino acid methionine, which help reduce build up of hydrogen peroxide and therefore reduce or reverse greying.

      You can eat it in many ways as described above. I recently made sesame chutney with garlic. red chillies and tamarind, it turned out really good.

  • AJ says:

    I think We can not revert back the color of hair. its loss which we all can’t fix

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  • Mary Frasca says:

    can i use unfiltered expeller pressed sesame seed oil instead of the black sesame seeds? 15 grams is 1 tablespoon so I can add that to my morning shake.

    • Hello Mary, Yes you can.

      But you will miss out on a lot of essential nutrients, especially the non oil soluble vitamins. And of course the fiber.

  • Hemant singh says:

    hello every one I am hemant. master of science in ethnobotany. this is
    right. Black sesame is treatment of grey hair and hair fall. Mixed with herbs like bringraj and jatamasi in a
    powder from and daily head massage.

  • Wizmo says:


    Yes I do agree with Hemant. Black Sesame seeds are excellent for premature grey hair problems.

  • harshavardu says:

    Wonderful! My body is naturally very hot (i think pitta). Heard somewhere that sesame seeds increases body heat, correct me if i’m wrong!

  • Sunshine Boppi says:

    Hi Minaz,
    Thanks for this amazing post. I have just ordered black sesame seeds! I have one question about amla powder used for vision improvement.
    How long did it take for your husband to improve vision with amla? You said it dropped by .5. How long does this take?
    Sorry, if this is not something I am supposed to ask. But I am sure, you are generous enough to share this info

    • It took about a year.

    • Sunshine Boppi says:

      Thanks for the reply 🙂

    • Niyati T Mody says:

      I have a hair thinning problem. Can I take Amla tablets? Will that help? I will start black sesame seeds too. Plz help.. All my blood reports are normal.

    • Minaz says:

      Yes, give them a try. You can also eat raw amla/amla supari if you have that option.

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  • Uma Scooby says:

    Any one tried this and how long did you have to wait for results

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  • Karen says:

    I started eating black sesame seeds everyday about 1 and 1/2 months ago I think these things take at least 3 month before you notice a difference but I’m not sure. Because I also have medical conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, sleep apnea and early stages of Macular degeneration to name a few; I have also been trying to eat foods from the anti inflammatory list and avoid processed foods and sugars. From reading medical research articles I learned that most of my medical conditions have elevated inflammatory markers in common. I am hoping that eating healthy will improve my overall health as well as my hair. My hair became thinner over the years even though there is no family history of women with hair loss. I work with an MD Endocrinologist that also practices integrated medicine and she has prescribed supplements and herbs that may improve my medical conditions and hair issues. I carefully read labels on food and personal care products and this year with the help from this blog and a couple others I have been starting to make some of my own personal care products so I have better control of what I use on my body. I live in the US and they allow too many potentially harmful ingredients in both our foods and personal care products. I will update if I start seeing results from eating the black sesame seeds I am hoping it will also reduce my gray hair.

    This site is incredible most of the hair recipes I have tried I found here. thank you Minaz for sharing so much knowledge with us.

    • Hi Karen, thanks for sharing your story. I wish you all the best and may you find things that help you achieve top health, hair and life.
      Love, Minaz

    • Karen says:

      Thank you, I know that I will find the right combination to improve my health and I think when I improve my health my hair will improve.

  • Karen says:

    I also meant to say this is the second time I read this article about the black sesame seeds I re-read it to double check the daily amount now I see I can reduce the amount I have been eating I was eating 2 table spoons because on the package it said 2 table spoons equal a serving. I also realize I miss the part about soaking the seeds first. I have been eating the raw seeds I lightly grind them in my food processor and add them to my yogurt but when I re-read the article I saw the information about the anti-nutritive factor, so from now on I will soak them first.

    Do they need to be soaked and roasted? Or is it okay to only soak or only roast them?

    How long should I soak them?

    • You can do either. Soak them for 12 to 24 hours.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you; I will do the from now on I was eating my seeds at the same time I was taking my supplements so I may have been canceling out some of the benefits from the supplements. I should have re-read your article when I receive my first shipment of seeds. My doctor liked the idea that I was adding the seeds to my diet she but probably thought I knew to soak them.

  • shravan says:

    hey minaz
    nice post
    i m 17 of age and facing premature grey or white hair problem
    plz plz i m begging u
    help to turn them in black again
    what sholud i do
    eat black sesame seeds?
    and then next what???
    waiting for rply

    • Hi Shravan, Also include amla and coconut in your diet.

    • shravan says:

      should i also eat blackstrap molasses?

    • both are heating, you can alternate between the two.

    • shravan says:

      hm if i eat both
      also eat amla
      use coconut oil or lemon and coconut oil
      then how much time it would take to recover my hair again into black colour?
      or do u have any other suggestions?

  • Marie says:

    Hi, Love love love this blog. I have learned so much. I was wondering, I think you had a post about your husband taking turmeric capsules and his nearsightedness improved by .5 diopters. I would like to re-read and order your recommended capsules, but I can’t find it. Can you help me out? I hope you’ll be able to add search functionality at some point (unless I’m missing it). So many good articles it’s hard to keep track of them all. Thanks Marie

    • Hi Marie, he was taking 1/2 tsp amla powder. There is a search function on the top right of blog.

  • Alex says:

    Any updates? Did anyone reverse their white hair to black hair? Thanks

  • belle_bottoms says:

    I would love to hear an update to this story. Thanks! 🙂

  • dee says:

    Hello, can I eat sprouted sesame seed butter instead and still get all these amazing benefits???

  • Magdy Riad says:

    hello , minaz ….is it good to take black sesame seeds powder instead of seeds .???

    • Hello Magdy, yes you can take black sesame seeds powder. It is best to pan roast the seeds first, then powder them to get rid of anti-nutrients present in them.

    • firoj khan says:

      Hii minaz I am a student

      Can I take seeds directly in morning or anytime in day ….

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Firoj, you can take it anytime in the day.

  • Shruti Kansal says:

    Hey Minaz. How about soaking them overnight and then taking it rather than roasting it and grinding or? Is that ok?

  • DebAnd Sparky says:

    I have been eating approximately 1tbs of black sesame tahini each day for about 8 months and have noticed an increase in darker pigment in my grey hairs.

  • Frank says:

    Can you get the benefits of pain relief and anti inflammation with just the oil of sesame seeds?

  • Nora says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your feedback! I started taking a spoon of black sesame seeds everyday in the morning for the past 6 months – hopefully it will help! Do you make the Amla juice with Amla powder?

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Nora, I am so happy to know you found it useful.
      I make amla juice with fresh amlas. And when I don’t have fresh amlas I take amla powder with warm water.
      Since you are so keen, I will also encourage you to practice breathing/pranayam and yoga when you can. It has a tremendously positive effect on hair and overall health. (BTW hot yoga is not yoga, it’s just a form of exercise).

    • Nora says:

      Hello Minaz

      Thank you so much for you answer! 🙂 I am sorry I just saw your response by revisiting your blog, I do not think I was notified about it.

      Thank you for your advice. I am a singer, so breathing exercice as well as Yoga will definitely help me in so many ways. And yes haha I know that Hot Yoga shouldn’t be confused with Yoga 😉 My mother warned me about that

      I hope that you and your husband are doing well!

      (Ps: I think I will order ‘The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ … it looks amazing)

      Best regards


  • Jaya says:

    Hi Minaz, I just want to ask nigella i.e ( Kalongi or Black cumin seeds ) and Black sesame seeds are two different thing right ?? Because both things are good for hair but which one is better for darkening of grey hair ?

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Jaya, yes they are two different things. For greying black sesame seeds are better.

    • Jaya says:

      Thanks Minaz for your valuable and quick reply 🙂 I will surely try this.

  • Nitin says:

    Which oil I have to mix with kalonji oil to reverse Gray hairs

    • Minaz says:

      Mix coconut oil.

  • Jeetu Rawat says:

    Hi Minaz,

    Combination of Virgin sesame oil and Black Cummin seeds are good to prevent ur hair from baldness. Any other mixture can far better from this. please suggesr

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Jeetu, I haven’t tried that combination.
      I have suggested few combinations in my herbal oils post: amla oil, brahmi oil and curry leaves oil.

  • LOLA BURNETT says:

    Which is better, roasting or soaking? Is one better or more healthful than the other? Thank you!!

  • Patti Smith says:

    Looking for black sesame seeds beginning today at my grocery store. Will try yours as well, the cost is a huge deciding factor for me.

  • firoj says:

    I have white hair from 4 year

    I try many herbal things on hair but the result is zero
    Please suggest me a best remedy for my hair to turn again into.. black

  • firoj says:

    Hii minaz will give me some more suggestions on my email… I wana take a proper treatment on it…..

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Firoj, amla is another good remedy to stop grey hair. More tips here.
      Also things like eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and pranayam help a lot.
      Hope you find something that reverses your grey hair.

  • Caroline Barongo says:

    Amazing! Just a few small seeds and you enjoy innumerable health benefits. This is the reason I do not miss my supply from the blessed black seed oil

  • sadaf says:

    hi, minaz, I am eating amla murrabba from last year I have seen 3 or 4 hair of mine turned black after eating amla murrabba but my front hair are greying. I am 31 year old. I have started eating black sesame seeds from last one week and I am eating amla murrabba too. How to stop hair greying from front ?

  • daniel says:

    Hi Minaz. This is dr.chawdrhary and i found this blog really informative especially regarding grey hair treatment. My question is can we use black sesame seeds with amla and some sugar and make a jaggery ?
    In this way it would become tasty and only drawback is that you wont be able to chew sesame seeds fully.
    please give your suggestion.

    • Minaz says:

      Hello Dr Choudry, yes you can try eating it that way.
      Let us know how it works for you.

  • Mandeep says:

    Hi Ma’am…… I’m 18 years old.I used to have healthy and and shiny hair. But now I’ve got 30 to 40% grey hair and my hair are getting thinner also. I am very much tensed about my hair health and also facing this problem from last 2 years. My hair are not even showing any sign of regrowth. Kindly suggest me what I should do to solve this problem of mine.

    • Minaz says:

      Use this hair rinse twice a week. It will help with grey hair as well as hair loss. Also, check out 15 remedies for grey hair that I have shared at the bottom.

  • Ruchi says:

    hi minaz, a very encouraging & motivating article for grey hair… really thanks a lot! I have just 1 question. As you mentioned above that you are eating black seasame from last 1 yr, and black seasame can be eaten in many forms, so in which form particularly you have been eating it?
    I also have lots of grey hair & will try the same. 🙂

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Ruchi,
      Either in ladoos, stir fry, or soaked. Also consume fresh vegetables and fruits every day. You need the antioxidants to keep away the damaging free radicals.

  • Ruchi says:

    Hi minaz, I think you have missed out on my comment above. Please reply as i am waiting,,!

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