In Ayurveda, ghee is praised as an essential superfood with medicinal and culinary uses. It forms an essential part of many Ayurvedic formulations related to respiratory disorders, vision, reproductive health, and digestive health.
Ghee is made by heating the butter. After prolonged heating, water is evaporated and the fat is separated from the milk solids. Therefore, it is called clarified butter.
Kumbhiighrta is aged between 10 to 100 years old and Mahaghrta is aged over 100 years old. Both of these are powerful tonics and have medicinal properties.
Ghee in Ayurveda
- It carries Astringent taste or Rasa.
- It has attributes or Gunas of Sweet and Cold.
- It pacifies both Pitta Dosha and Vata Dosha and aggravates Kapha Dosha when consumed in excess. It is considered to be the best oil for Pitta prakruti.
- It acts as a tonic, emollient, rejuvenating, and nutritive food.
- It has antacid action when mixed with spices such as black pepper and long pepper.
- When mixed with certain fruits such as banana and mango, it pacifies digestive disorders, boosts digestion, and removes flatulence.
- Along with Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and lotus seeds, Ghee is considered to be a Sattvic aphrodisiac in Ayurveda.
- Ghee should not be mixed in equal amounts with honey.
- It should also not be consumed with, before, or after cold temperature foods like ice-cream, cold water, or frozen yogurt.
Health Benefits of Ghee
- It nourishes all body tissues, supports bone marrow, and increases ojas in the body.
- It increases the production of semen and acts as a Galactagogue by promoting both breastmilk production and milk quality
- It promotes fertility and supports the health of the reproductive system.
- It is rich in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which is a powerful antioxidant.
- It is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-cancer.
- It is Satvic food as it is energy-giving and pure in nature. It promotes positivity, growth, and expansion of consciousness.
- It is rich in enzymes that promote AGNI, the digestive fire and hence supports the functioning of the digestive tract.
- It supports our immune system, vitality, and known to kill cancer cells.
Supports the Health and Beauty
- It can make your skin glow and purify it by imparting a healthy and shiny look. Ayurveda uses ghee often as a moisturizing agent and it leaves a gorgeous appearance.
- It helps you against your chapped lips. Apply it on your lips at night and the next morning you will have soft and hydrated lips.
- A simple way to get rid of dark circles is by using ghee. Apply a little bit of it below your eyes, just before you are off to bed and wash your face the next morning.
Promotes Hair Health
- Massage it into dry and coarse hair to take care of split ends. Warm-up a little ghee and apply it to the ends of your locks. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
- Turn dry and frizzy hair into soft, shiny and manageable tresses. Mix equal parts of ghee with olive oil and massage deeply into your hair for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it off with a good shampoo.
- Massage your scalp with warm ghee mixed with equal parts of coconut oil. The blend nourishes your scalp and encourages hair growth.