Powerful Duo, Black Sesame & Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Black Sesame & Amla: A Powerful Duo for Bold Deep Hair Color, Strong Hair Growth and Preventing Premature Hair Whitening and/or Hair Loss
YOUTH-PROTECTING ᐧ HAIR HEALTH (Growth +RICH HAIR COLOR) ᐧ AMINO ACIDS ᐧ MINERAL-DENSE ᐧ ANTIOXYDANTS ᐧ CHOLINE
BLACK SESAME SEED
Black sesame seeds are first a fun ingredient because they are unusually a deep black color and tasty, with a peppery bite and a smokey aftertaste. They also have a unique nutritional profile which combined with Amla, can be called medicinal.
Key Nutrients and Benefits
Black sesame seeds provide an excellent amino acid profile (protein), as well as essential fatty acids which molecules that strengthen and fortify hair follicles, helping to prevent brittle hair, premature hair loss and/or whitening.
Protein Quality: excellent amino acid profile with methionine, lysine, tryptophan, often less present in a plant-based diet;
Calcium and Magnesium: essential for bone health and metabolism, and these minerals also helps to restore and maintain healthy sleep patterns;
Lecithin and Oleic Acid: fat molecules that prevents premature hair loss and whitening, softens and plumps skin tissue. Choline is a nutrient in lecithin that is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine for mood, memory, and other brain and nervous system functions;
Copper: relieves inflammation and helps to keep joints flexible and healthy, reduces pain and swelling related to arthritis;
Lignans: antioxydants (sesamin, sesamol, and sesamolin) which benefit heart health and circulation.
Also a Good Source of: iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, calcium.
Culinary Profile and Flavour
Black sesame seeds are more bold, bitter and pungent (peppery characteristic) than white sesame seeds.
Flavour Notes: Pepper, Mineral, Rich, Smoke, Pungent
Flavour Description similar to white sesame seeds with the added pepper pinch and smokey longer finish in the mouth.
Flavour Pairing ginger, mango, honey, avocado, blackberries, light high-moisture cheese, roasted squash, cilantro, seaweed, fig, asparagus.
AMLA: Indian Gooseberry
Stimulate Hair Growth and Reduce Premature Pigment Loss
Indian gooseberry that is one of the top antioxidant foods. Rich in vitamin C and native to India but cultivated in Middle East as well as Asia.
Amla inhibits a molecule called 5-alpha reductase, just like medication used to treat male baldness; stimulating hair growth and reducing premature pigment loss.
Black Sesame Butter
Black sesame butter is a rich tasting seed butter.
A plain version is 100% sesame seeds stone-ground into a paste with nothing else can also be called “black sesame paste” or even “black sesame tahini”. It’s great to use in recipes and savory dishes. You can look for this in stores.
The Lab’s Rich Hair butter contains Amla extract, coconut and grey salt.
The amla is an extract of Indian gooseberries, it has bright acidic notes, combining well with the coconut. It stimulates hair growth.
The Atlantic grey salt gets its color from mineral-dense clay found in the salt ponds where it is harvested.
Process for Purity and Superior Texture
Stone ground (using millstone method of turning seeds into butter) is a superior way of producing nut and seed butters which uses a crushing mechanism rather then cutting the foods (blades).
Crushing imitates the mastication process and doesn’t tear the food structures but rather presses them very hard until it’s a paste. By not '“stabbing” foods with a sharp object, the nutrients, aromas, and overall purity of the taste are preserved. Also yields a superior texture and mouthfeel, fine and buttery smooth.
Black Sesame Recipe
Simple Black Sesame Milk or Option to Make a Smoothie Below
RECIPE YIELDS: 2 MEDIUM PORTIONS
3 Tablespoons Black Sesame Butter*
1.5 cup Filtered water
2 teaspoons Raw Unfiltered Honey
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/8 teaspoon of Cardamom Seeds (not powder)
Blend all ingredients in blender making sure the cardamom seeds are completely blended.
*Alternatively you can use the Lab’s Rich Hair butter and blend it in the water omitting the rest of the ingredients. For a smoothie add a banana or frozen mango, and plant-based protein if you want.