AYURVEDIC GHEE IS
- delicious medicine
- a powerful systemic anti-inflammatory agent
- the best vehicle to deliver nutrients & medicines
- stimulates weight loss, reduces serum LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
Ghee is a food substance that has been used in India for thousands of years in cooking, skin care, local therapeutic applications, and massage. According to this medical tradition ghee is a yogavahi—a catalytic agent that carries the therapeutic principle of medicines directly into the seven dhatus (tissues) of the body and accelerates the bioavailability of these medicines. When ghee is prepared by the Ayurvedic practitioners, sacred ancient chants accompany each procedure.
Ghee is produced from milk, cream or butter by slowly and carefully heating the selected dairy product until all the milk solids and water are removed. This conscious, loving, and meticulous preparation makes ghee distinct from a simple clarified butter. Since nearly all the milk constituents and water in ghee are eliminated during preparation, what’s left behind becomes a pure butter oil. Unlike most vegetable oils, the butter fat is a saturated type of oil; its structure lacks open unsaturated bonds and therefore does not get chemically combined with oxygen to form harmful rancid compounds.
Ghee by itself is a very valuable medicine. It is rich in antioxidants and acts as an aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods, serving to strengthen the immune system. Scientist have discovered that ghee has one of the greatest healing components for the human body. It has a high concentration of short-chain fatty acid called butyrate, which has been shown to possess antiviral properties, inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors, and greatly enhance the energy production by mitochondria.
Many people are afraid to consume ghee because they fear it would make them gain weight. Nothing can be further from the truth! Butyric acid can not only prevent but even reverse the harmful metabolic effects of a high-fat diet, including the weight gain. Ayurvedic doctors state that ghee as medicine improves memory and “lubricates” the connective tissues thus making the body more “flexible.”
The ghees that are infused with medicines are called Ghrita. Ghrita works because ghee is a remarkable carrying substance for medicinal herbs, minerals or Superfoods infused into it. It serves as an ideal delivery system to a target organ—which is a crucial step in attempting to obtain the maximum benefit from any drug formulation. Being a heated oil, it readily captures the plant’s fat-soluble and water-soluble phytochemicals. And, if careful procedures are employed, the volatile essential oils can also be captured by ghee. In fact, ghee dissolves and retains a much larger proportion of a herb’s components than alcohol tinctures, infusions or vegetable oil macerations. This makes ghee the most efficient herbal preparation on the market.
Use of your prescribed ghrita is exceptionally simple. One tea spoon is taken daily, typically by being spread on a toast or put into meals. Even the worst-tasting medicines have pleasant tastes and aromas when prepared in ghee.