Ghee ~ An Ayurvedic Staple
Ghee is clarified butter - butter that you cook down so that the milk proteins (whey, casein) and milk sugar (lactose) can separate from the oil and float to the top to be scraped off. What you are left with is this golden, miraculous, divine, yummy healing nectar. Ghee has a high smoke point and can be used in place of butter.
Ghee is highly revered in Ayurveda for its MANY medicinal properties. It is a digestive aid as it stimulates stomach acid and helps to improve absorption and assimilation of vitamins and minerals. It strengthens your digestive fire, your Agni.
Ghee has a high concentration of butyric acid - a fatty acid that contains anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.
Ghee supports healthy weight loss and toxin removal as it attracts other fats and helps dislodge hard to remove toxins.
Ghee is good for improving memory and lubricating the connective tissue and joints. It makes the body flexible and, in small doses, is tridoshic, meaning it's balancing for all doshas (constitutions). Ghee also builds strong bones with Vitamin K2.
Ghee is a yogavahi - a catalytic agent that carries the medicinal properties of herbs into the seven dhatus (tissues) of the body. It literally drives the medicine deeper into the tissues.
Ghee nourishes the subtle energies of the mind and body: Ojas, Tejas and Prana.
Ghee pacifies vata and pitta and is acceptable, in moderation, for kapha. Those with high cholesterol or obesity should be cautious in using ghee. Ghee is not to be used when there is high ama (toxic) conditions.
For those with extra sensitivity to lactose, cultured ghee is a great choice as the lactose is converted into lactic acid during the fermentation process, so no chance of lactose escaping your scraping, because there is none!
Ghee is also great to massage on the body and can serve as a base for herbal ointments.
It's clear to see why ghee is so revered in Ayurvedic medicine. Its medicinal properties are many and profound. So get your ghee on!!! It’s truly divine medicine.