Ghee – The Ayurvedic Liquid Gold
Ghee, (clarified butter) has been used in India for thousands of years. Ayurveda considers it as a Rasayana, a rejuvenating and longevity promoting food, and to be the first and most complete food on earth. Since in Ghee the lactose and other milk solids are removed in the process, makes it suitable for lactose intolerant people.
Ghee can be eaten pure or mixed with various herbs depending on the symptoms. Ghee has a high smoke point, meaning it can be cooked at high temperatures without burning. Use ghee to fry or sauté your favorite foods to produce flavorful dishes.
Ghee is best stored at room temperature and is said to get better with age, such as fine wine. The key, however, is to always use a clean spoon when taking Ghee from the jar.
Benefits of Ghee-
Considered as a Rasayana, because it supports the functioning of the brain, and promotes all three aspects of the mind, learning, memory and recall.
Increases ones immunity and vital energy (Ojas).
The proper amount enhances Agni (digestion fire), but too much Ghee has the opposite effect. In general, you can eat one teaspoon twice a day. Since Ghee is more flavorful than other cooking oils, a little goes a long way.
Helps to reduce excess stomach acid, and maintain/repair the mucus lining of the stomach.
Enhances flavor of foods, increases absorption of nutrients and pacifies all three doshas, especially Vata and Pitta.
Ghee is the most easily digestible fat, and it contains Vitamin A and E and acts as an antioxidant.
It helps mobilize fats from stubborn fat areas of the body.
Ghee in moderation increases the good cholesterol, HDL, which is necessary to lubricate tissues and nourish the bones and cartilage. Do not take more than three teaspoons a day.
Avoid ghee at high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides or sugar in the blood. Always consult a Ayurvedic physician before taking ghee in these cases.
Ghee against common complaints
Constipation Take 1 tablespoon of ghee in hot milk / rice milk at night before you go to bed.
Dry skin 1 tbsp ghee on food during a day.
Dry nose, headache and fatigue Put a drop of ghee in each nostril in the morning when you wake up.
Headache with heat in the body and eyes caused by high pitta- Massage the soles of the feet with ghee.
Burning sensation in the hands and feet Massaging the body parts with ghee.
Migraines, for the freshness of mind and memory 2 drops of ghee in the nostrils in the morning.