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, mostly no-one is allergic to ghee. It’s a totally new product after the cooking process.
This is why "lactose intolerant" individuals can consume ghee with ease.
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!
Butryic acid is where the world "butter" came from.
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 your 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.
Depending on what your body needs, you can put on or loose weight when you incorporate ghee into your diet.
Ghee Enhances Your Metabolism - It enkindles your digestive fire to help you to process the food you eat into a thin nutrient fluid (rasa) which nourishes tissues, rather than turning into thick toxic fluid that deposits into the fat tissue (and other tissues).
Note if you are underweight, ghee will help you put on weight since it assists in tissue nourishment.
Ghee enhances muscle growth (mamsa dhatu vardhaka), which contributes to weight loss, lowers triglycerides and lowers insulin resistance, thus prevents diabetes.
Ghee improves ratio of lean mass to body fat. It decreases fat deposition, especially in the abdomen.
Ghee Balances Cholesterol & Heart Health
Ghee prevents heart disease and cholesterol issues by making the arteries more flexible and lubricated.
Unlike other oils that may easily oxidise, become rancid or create trans fatty acids that clog arteries and cause havoc on the liver. Ghee is one of the best sources of CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid), which prevents inflammation in artery walls and hardening of the arteries (plaque formation).
+ there are loads more benefits of this high source of CLA. There is SO much more to this Ojas increasing, intelligence boosting and sacred sattvic lubricating fat.
Helps Prevent 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%).
Counters Body Dryness
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 memory. "Ghritena Vardhate Buddhi."
- Ghee increases the strength, luster and beauty of the body, slows the ageing process and improves our longevity.
- Fantastic 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).
Vital Vedas Ghee
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.
Vital Veda's 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!
Do you use ghee? What about make your own? Comment below.