All About Ghee
Ghee is a wonderful example of food as medicine in Ayurveda.
Ghee is a form of clarified butter - un-salted butter that has the milk solids, (sugar, protein and saturated fat), removed from it. This clarifying process improves the absorption quality of the good fats into the small intestines and decreases the acidic pH of our gastrointestinal tract.
Ghee is a natural antioxidant which eliminates free radicals and inhibits the oxidation process, preventing degenerative changes in our musculoskeletal system, preventing premature ageing and contributing to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Ghee is nourishing and strengthening to the body. It calms the liver and nourishes the nervous system. The butyric acid in combination with Vitamins A, D, E, and K, found in ghee aids in boosting immunity, promotes gut health, keeps your hair and skin healthy, lubricates joints and strengthens our bones as well as assists in removing toxins from our body, by helping to pull stubborn fat soluble toxins from our cells, triggering fat metabolism. It helps with constipation as well as ulcers.
Some examples of the use of ghee in Ayurveda:
In cooking, (replacing saturated fats).
As a massage oil.
A carrier for ingesting ayurvedic herbs
In an ayurvedic cleanse (under the guidance and supervision of an ayurvedic practitioner).
When making your own ghee at home be sure to use unsalted, organic butter. If you purchase ghee directly from a store, be sure it is of pure ingredients from a trusted source.