What is Ghee?

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What is Ghee and how to make it?

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.

Making Ghee

Cook the sticks of butter on med-low heat.

 

The butter will start to bubble and a white foam will appear on the top.

Making Ghee Ayurveda

I gently scrape this off with a spoon and discard it.

Making Ghee Ayurveda

Continue to let the butter bubble until you can see the bottom of your pan.

Making Ghee Ayurveda

Remove it from heat and let it cool….and voila!  Ghee

Making Ghee Ayurveda

It can be stored it in a clean, dry jar unrefrigerated as long as it is kept clean (no crumbs or water).

Don’t have time to make your own Ghee?  You can purchase Ghee online.

 

Comments

  1. Carolyn Meyer on November 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm said:

    I am SO making this! Thanks for the step by step pics. Very helpful.

    • So my lunch could possibly look like this: Grapes (an hour beorfe)Onions cooked with ghee oilA glass of whole milkA type of fish (fresh not canned) w/ cooked green beansDoes the order in which you eat your food at meal times affect your digestive system? What about the senses of taste(rasas)?Also If red meat takes the longest to digest should you avoid eating it later in the day?

      • Hi! I do plan to expand on Ayurveda on this site. It will take me a few more mohnts to get it all up. Though, all of my recipes and health posts incorporate the principals of Ayurveda. Please feel free to contact me via email for more information or how you can incorporate Ayurveda in your lifestyle. I would also like to hear about your trip to India and what turned you on/off from an Ayurvedic way of living. nimisha [at] clubdinein.com

  2. First time i been to your new blog. I find it quite interesting.I did there litlte quiz and found out in my dosha I need my main work with pitta (41) and the other two were tied (29)But I have to say a few of the question I could of gave more then one answer.The other one I should of been aloud more then one.Coffee is on

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