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Ghee: Clarified Butter, A Multipurpose Oil

What is Ghee?

Ghee is clarified butter, and considered to be the essence of milk. The process of heating the butter removes water and milk fats. When done properly, it leaves a golden-colored oil useful for a variety of purposes.

One of the traditional uses for ghee is as a cooking oil. It enhances flavor when added to certain foods. And it does not oxidize when heated, as do most vegetable oils. (Oxidization can lead to free-radicals in your body – not exactly desirable).

Traditional ceremonies, such as fire and purification rites, also use this oil as an offering.

And lastly, ghee is also used medicinally.

So this highly regarded oil serves to enhance flavors, as a nutrient, as a preservative for foods and medicines, and is useful medicinally.

Some Traditional Health Benefits of Ghee (from Maharishi Ayurveda)

  • Enhances digestion and absorption.
  • Regulates elimination.
  • Balances stomach acid.
  • Makes the complexion clear and bright.
  • Enhances the production of Ojas. (Ojas is the finest product of digestion, responsible for bliss, health and immunity.)
  • Supports mental function—improving intelligence, memory and comprehension.

Click here to learn the steps of making ghee.

For other ayurvedic articles, please see Abhyanga–Ayurvedic Detox and Rejuvenation Technique and Heart Support: Using Ayurvedic Oil.

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