What is ghee?
Ghee is 100% butterfat… golden, flavorful, nutrient-rich butterfat. Butter contains primarily butterfat, but also milk proteins and water. To create ghee, butter is simmered to separate the oil from the other components, which are strained off.
Ghee traces its roots to the ancient tradition of Ayurveda where it was considered a sacred, medicinal, cleansing, and nourishing food.
Modern science now verifies what Ayurvedic health science has said for thousands of years: Ghee has a host of health and cooking benefits and is good for the mind and spirit.
I consider ghee—a form of clarified butter—an essential super food. Here are a few benefits I’ve found through my years of using ghee.
Great For Cooking and Taste
- Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C or 482 °F).
You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils.
- Ghee does not spoil easily So it does not need refrigeration.
Some ghee mixtures last up to 100 years.
- Ghee is not likely to affect people with a dairy or casein intolerance..
Ghee is made from butter but the milk solids and impurities have been removed, so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee.
- Ghee is excellent for cooking and sautéing or stir-frying. Ghee has one of the highest flash points of all oils and is very difficult to burn. In India, it is said that food is incomplete without the use of Ghee.
- Ghee is rich in the oil soluble vitamins A and E.
- Ghee is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows.
- 7. Ghee is Nutritionally Rich Like Coconut Oil : Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly by the liver (like carbs) and burned as energy. Athletes can use ghee as a consistent energy source.
- Weight Loss : The energy from these medium chain fatty acids can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight.
Digestion and Immune Strengthening
Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid and then use that for energy and intestinal wall support. A healthy body therefore makes its own form of ‘ghee’ but you can aid that greatly by consuming it.
- Healthy Digestive Tract
Research shows that people with unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce butyric acid.
- Healthy Immune System
Research shows that adequate production of butyric acid supports the production of killer T cells in the gut and thus a strong immune system.
- Positive Food
Within Ayurveda, ghee is considered one of the most satvic foods. Satvic foods promote positivity, growth and expansion of consciousness.
Other Benifits of Ghee
- In India it is said that if a few drops of ghee are placed in the nostrils then nosebleed can be checked. If this is done twice in a day, then headache can be relieved.
- Ghee is excellent for a gargle-gandush, to improve the health of the teeth and gums.
- Ghee can be used as bath oil. Take two tablespoons of Ghee and mix with several drops of an essential oil of your choice.
- Ghee is excellent for scrapes and both chemical and heat or fire burns. Ghee can be used in the eyes for tiredness or fatigue.
- Ghee is an exquisite facial moisturizer.
- For Body Massage-Abhyanga. Apply ghee all over the body, rubbing into head, chest, limbs, joints and orifices. This will bypass the digestive system and allow the qualities of Ghee to penetrate directly into the deeper tissues. It is said that 60% of what is placed on the skin is absorbed into the body. We literally “eat” what we put on our skin. Western science has discovered that massaging the skin creates endorphins or peptides, which enhance the body’s immune system. Peptides are thought to be the vehicle that the mind and body use to communicate with each other, a literal chemistry of emotion. According to the Charak Samhita, regular Abhyanga slows the aging process.