Gingelly oil is known for its nutritional value. It contains healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and it’s a good source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. The oil also contains sesamol, a compound with potential health benefits.
Gingelly oil is extracted from sesame seeds, which come from the sesame plant (Sesamum indicum). The seeds undergo a process of pressing or crushing to extract the oil. There are two main types: light (made from raw, untoasted sesame seeds) and dark (made from toasted sesame seeds).
In traditional medicine, gingelly oil is believed to have various health benefits. It has been used topically for massages, as well as in oil pulling, an ancient oral hygiene practice.