What Ghee is and what do we use it for?
In America, the answer to “What is Ghee?” is clarified butter.
In India, the answer to “What is Ghee?” is much longer and more complex. According to ancient Ayurvedic text, “Cow ghee promotes memory, intellect, power of digestion, semen, ojas, kapha and fat. It alleviates vata, pitta, toxic conditions, insanity, consumption and fever. It is the best of all the unctuous substances” (Ch Su: 27/232).
Cows in India are sacred and the milk of cows is considered to possess the essence of all plants so, since Ghee is the essence of milk then it too is sacred.
In Ayurveda, ghee is said to:
- Promote the digestive fire (Agni)
- Build your aura and ojas or immunity
- Lubricate internal organs
- Improve memory
- Remove toxins (aam) from the bodily tissues
- Balance the doshas
- Heal burns, ulcers and wounds
- Promote longevity by pacifying the Vata Dosha
- Calming and grounding to Vata Dosha
- Cooling to Pitta Dosha
So…now that you know all of the amazing things that ghee can do, how do you use it??
Well personally, I keep a jar in the kitchen for cooking and a jar in the bathroom to be used medicinally. I use it instead of olive oil or butter in the fall and winter specifically. It’s a must for Vata and Pitta Dosha types and those of us with Vata imbalances.
Before flying, you can put a bit up your nose (yep, your nose) to keep airplane cooties from invading and to help keep you grounded. It also sort of smells like popcorn so that’s a bonus. Air travel can really wreak havoc on the Vata Dosha. It’s great on dry hangnails, as an under eye moisturizer, and a general skin moisturizer.
Great you say…where can I get it?? Well, Banyan Botanicals sells it and you can find it in many health food stores. I make my own. There are many methods to making ghee I’ll share with you the way I learned to make it.
How to Make Ghee
Start with 1lb of organic, unsalted butter.
Use a heavy, stainless steel pan.
Cook the sticks of butter on med-low heat.
The butter will start to bubble and a white foam will appear on the top.
I gently scrape this off with a spoon and discard it.
Continue to let the butter bubble until you can see the bottom of your pan.
Remove it from heat and let it cool….and voila! Ghee
It can be stored it in a clean, dry jar unrefrigerated as long as it is kept clean (no crumbs or water).