Sesame oil (also known as gingerly oil or til oil) is an
edible vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds. Besides
being used as a cooking oil in South India, it is often
used as a flavor enhancer in Chinese, Japanese, Middle
Eastern, Korean, and Southeast Asian cuisine.
The oil from the nutrient rich seed is popular in
alternative medicine – from traditional massages and
treatments to the modern day. The traditional Indian
medical practice of Ayurveda uses sesame oil to pacify
stress related symptoms. Ongoing research also indicates
that the rich presence of antioxidants and polyunsaturated
fats in sesame oil could help control blood pressure.
The oil is popular in Asia and is also one of the earliest
known crop-based oils, but world-wide mass modern
production continues to be limited even today due to the
inefficient manual harvesting process required to extract