Sesame Seed Squares (Sweet Medicine Dessert)

Sesame As Medicine

Black Sesame Seeds ‘Hei Zhi Ma’

Black sesame seeds strengthen vitality and longevity.  To reap the benefits, they should be used frequently over a long period of time.  Like most seeds, black sesame seeds are moistening to the body’s resources. They also can strengthen the tissues of the low back and knees, keep the hair strong and nourish the ears (all kidney organ/channel functions).  They can also the moisten the bowels for constipation (unless they are toasted, which will diminish this oily quality).

Here’s a lovely recipe from Blair for making delicious, raw sesame treats.


4 Tablespoons Honey ‘Feng Mi’ (tonifies qi)

2 Tablespoons Orange Marmalade

1 Tablespoon Fresh Orange Zest ‘Chen Pi’ (regulates qi)

1 Cup Black Sesame Seeds ‘Hei Zhi Ma’

1 Cup White Sesame Seeds ‘Bai Zhi Ma’

½ Cup Dragon-Eye Fruits ‘Long Yan Rou’

½ Cup Goji Berries ‘Gou Qi Zi’

Directions: Heat honey, marmalade and orange zest over medium heat until it’s nice and fluid but not simmering. Stir in hei zhi ma and bai zhi ma and continue stirring until the seeds start to slightly toast.  Remove from heat and add long yan rou and gou qi zi. Mix well and spread in a pan lined with wax paper.

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  1. I love black sesame seeds and buy them wholesale, but run out of ideas. This is wonderful!

    Comment by Diana Rogers — April 7, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  2. /these are great, i like to soak them and then roast.
    gets rid of bitterness.

    Comment by jonathan — August 14, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  3. This sounds like a super easy snack for kidney types!

    Comment by Jodi Host — October 29, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

  4. Sounds delicious for an afternoon pick-me-up snack. Think I’ll keep them raw to get the maximum benefit of the oils!

    Comment by Jessica Wakeman — September 24, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

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