Cast Iron help

I've searched the forums for how to cook my new cast iron pan (no one in the family has ever had one and this is my first so I have no idea how to take care of it). I got a Lodge 3 qt combo cooker. So far I've only used the pan part of it.

So far I've used the pan twice. I washed them with water and a towel and then dried and oiled them.

Is there a specific oil I should use? I had canola, but I don't know what works best.

Also, I keep seeing the word "seasoning" but I have no idea what that means...

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