And so I reply:
There are many reasons why we add sesame oil to our Chyawanprash:
Sesame oil is in the original formula created 5,000 years ago and documented 3,000 years ago in the ancient scriptures.
2) SAFETY & SHELF LIFE
Oils like ghee and sesame are required to displace all the water in the product which is one reason it has such a long-shelf life. Remember, this formula was created a few years before refrigeration was around! Without oils you will have water in the product and this will be terrain for microbial contamination.
3) ENHANCED BIOAVAILABILITY
Many of the thousands of phytochemical constituents in Chyawanprash are oil-soluble, and so delivery of them with an oil makes them so much more bioavailable
4) SESAME IS A SUPERFOOD
Sesame is a bona fide superfood as it is a potent healing herb as well as a very nourishing food, so it has a very important and valid place in a formula like Chyawanprash.
5) OILS ENHANCE RESTORATIVE POWER
We need oils to make it more of a nourishing tonic as the oil becomes a vehicle that drives the nourishment into deep reservoirs much faster than water-based vehicles. This is also why it is recommended that you take Chyawanprash with milk, either organic cow milk or organic almond milk.
6) SMOOTH ACCESSIBLE TEXTURE
You can have the best formula in the world but if it is difficult or unpleasant to consume you will not take it. So to enhance compliance, especially for children, the ancient sages made sure there was sesame in it, and ghee, to give Chyawanprash its rich, thick, smooth, inviting texture. These days that may seem to be pure marketing, but originally this is all about compliance and potency.
I have been hand-making Chyawanprash in small batches for over 20 years, I know every ingredient quite intimately, and I assure you that adding organic raw sesame oil is a real good idea. Why it is missing in other products is a mystery to me.