What is Ghee?
Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking.
Ghee is clarified or purified butter. Butter is boiled in a specific way & the lactose components & milk solids are separated and strained to produce this concentrated golden substance, ghee. Hence, no-one is allergic to ghee. It’s a totally new product after the cooking process.
Today’s western health scene is becoming aware and finally recognising the benefits of this “superfood,” that has been used in India for centuries.
Let me explain the many benefits of using ghee in your everyday cooking…
The History of Ghee
For centuries it has been used as a cooking fat and a food ingredient, but true Ayurvedic tradition uses it in various medicinal preparations. It is still today used in ritual as an esteemed offering.
The Rk Veda (a 3,500 year-old ancient Sanskrit scripture) says:
This is the secret name of ghee:
“Tongue of the gods”
“Navel of immortality.”
“Streams of ghee caress the burning wood.”
“Agni, the fire, loves them and is satisfied.”
This indicates that ghee is superb at nourishing the metabolic fires (agni), promotes longevity and is a powerful medium to carry prayer, mantra and intention to feed the Gods (the higher aspects of ourselves) through feeding the fire.
Science comparing cooking oils:
If you have a small fire with embers burning and you pour some extra-virgin organic olive oil on that fire – the fire will go out.
If you pour some ghee on the fire – the fire will roar!
Same is with your digestive fire!
Ghee stimulates digestion, enzymes and helps breakdown food. (Food will not give any nourishment until it is broken down).
Most compatible fat for the human body: Ghee is so critical for the health of the gut and immunity that the colon literally makes its own ghee (butyric acid).
Research has attested to the fact that the beneficial microbes in the gut actually make their own butyric acid, the active ingredient in butter – and even more concentrated in ghee!
Detoxing: This high-quality fat is known to pull toxins out of the tissues, while simultaneously driving nutrients deep into the cells.
Many people know of the new health-craze-ritual “oil pulling,” where you swish oil in the mouth to pull out toxins, strengthen teeth and gums and many more benefits.
Ghee is doing this action of “Pulling toxins out”… of our gut!
The ghee has a lipophilic effect on other fatty acids and fatty toxins (meaning these toxic fats are attracted to other fats like ghee), acting like a chelating agent to pull stored fat soluble toxins out of the body and back into the intestines to be eliminated by the body.
Fat metabolism: Depending on what your body needs, you can put on or loose weight. You will loose weight because ghee increases your metabolism so that the food is turned to nutrients rather than toxins, waste and excess fat.
Anti-cancer: Ghee is the highest natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) (3.7%): the only acid that is anti-cancer, (no other fat oil has linoleic acid apart from safflower oil which has 2.5%).
Anti-cholesterol: Burns the bad cholesterol in the arteries.
Counters dryness in body: Constipation, stiff bones/joints, osteoporosis, dry skin, etc. Ghee lubricates the organs and the hardened connective tissues, also making the body more flexible.
More medicinal qualities:
• Ghee Nourishes Ojas (our immune system and the final end product of digestion) as well as Prana (our life force) and all of our tissues as it is warmly welcomed to penetrate and do its job in the body.
• Ghee increases intelligence, refines the intellect and improves the memory.
• Ghee increases the strength, luster and beauty of the body, slows the ageing process and improves our longevity.
• Best lip balm for dry and cracked lips.
• Ghee has the perfect ratio of omega-3:omega-9 fatty acids.
• Ghee has Vitamins A, D, E and K.
• Ghee is a very, very stable oil with a smoke point of 252 degrees celcius, making it the safest oil and fat to cook with. (Use as a replacement for cooking oil and butter).
Eating ghee doesn’t only taste amazing, it makes happy beneficial bacteria in your precious gut – the site of digestion and nutrient assimilation, the production of many mood-regulating neurotransmitters and the maintenance of strong immunity.
According to Ayurveda, digestion is everything, so feed your digestive tract the food of the gods – beautiful, luminescent, glorious, golden ghee.
Where To Get Your Ghee
My Glorious Homemade Ghee
Obviously, obtaining and using quality ghee is key. I make ghee at specific times of the day, at auspicious times of the year and with the moon to align with the energetic fields and to increase consciousness flow (Soma) to emotionally charge and support the beneficial microbiology in this golden oil.
Love, Vitality and Nourishment from the Holy Cow!