A flowering plant found throughout Africa. The oily seeds of the sesame plant are a popular food.

Sesame seeds and sesame oil (derived directly from the seeds) have a high concentration of protein, Omega 6 fatty acids, and antioxidants. They may provide some anti-aging effects, and in some cultures, sesame is considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac.

Some sexual health supplements and skin care products use sesame oil for its purported health benefits. It is important to note that sesame oil can trigger a severe allergic reaction in rare instances; people with seed allergies should avoid this ingredient.