Ghee, also known as Ghrta in Ayurveda, is an excellent Anupana (therapeutic vehicle) for transporting the properties of herbs to the deep tissues of the body. There are two types of Ghee; one made from dairy milk and other from vegetable oil known as vanaspati Ghee or vegetable Ghee. Dairy Ghee is pure, nutritious and is considered healthier as it is a rich source of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). It provides strengthening to the bones and gives nourishment and strength to the body.
Ghee is the most widely used milk product in the Indian diet that promotes proper digestion and absorption of food which reduces the accumulation of toxins in the body. It also helps in weight loss by controlling the appetite and reducing the urge to overeat.
According to Ayurveda, regular use of Ghee in your daily diet helps to fight against recurrent infections to increase immunity. Ghee also helps to provide relief from constipation by promoting bowel movements due to its laxative property. Ghee is also considered to be good for the brain as it improves the overall brain functioning due to its Vata and Balya properties.
Topical application of Ghee also helps in quick wound healing and decreases swelling due to its anti-inflammatory property. It also provides relief from burning sensation due to its Sita (cold) property. Ghee helps in controlling wrinkles and increases the moisture content of the skin.
It is advisable to avoid Ghee in large amounts in case of cold and cough due to its cold potency. Excessive intake may also cause vomiting and loose motions.
What are the synonyms of Ghee?
Gava Ghee, Gava Ghrit, Clarified butter, Gaya Ghee, Tuppa, Pasu, Ney, Pasu Nei, Toop, Gai Ghia, Nei, Neyyi, Nei, Gaya ka ghee.
What is the source of Ghee?
BENEFITS OF GHEE
Malnutrition can be correlated to Karshya disease in Ayurveda. This is due to lack of nutrients and improper digestion. Regular use of Ghee helps to manage malnutrition. This is due to its Kapha increasing property which gives strength to the body. Ghee provides instant energy and fulfills the calorie requirement of the body.
2. Weak memory
Sleeplessness and stress are the main causes of a weak memory or memory disorder. Ghee is used as a brain tonic to improve concentration and enhance the memory. This is due to its Vata balancing and Balya (strength provider) properties.
3. Loss of appetite
Ghee helps to improve appetite when it is made a part of the daily diet. In Ayurveda, loss of appetite is due to Agnimandya (weak digestion). It is caused by an aggravation of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas leading to incomplete digestion of food. This causes insufficient secretion of gastric juice in the stomach resulting in a loss of appetite. Taking Ghee on a daily basis stimulates the digestive fire and improves appetite.
4. Recurrent infection
Ghee helps to control recurrent infections like cough and cold, allergic rhinitis due to change in weather. Ghee is one of the best Ayurvedic remedies for such conditions. Regular use of Ghee in the diet helps to increase immunity to fight against recurrent infections. This is due to its Ojas (immunity) enhancing the property.
PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING GHEEPRECAUTIONS WHEN USING GHEE
Advice from ExpertsImportantayurvedicAYURVEDIC VIEW
1. Take Ghee in the recommended dose and duration when used as a medicine, a high dose can lead vomiting and loose motion.
2. Avoid Ghee in case of liver problems like jaundice and fatty liver.
3. Take Ghee in a small amount if you have an excess cough and cold. This is because ghee has cold potency.
4. Take Buttermilk or warm water if you face indigestion after taking Ghee.
BreastfeedingayurvedicAYURVEDIC VIEW Ghee can be taken in food amount during breastfeeding.
PregnancyayurvedicAYURVEDIC VIEW Always add Ghee in the diet during pregnancy. You can start consuming Ghee in the first trimester. But if an increase in weight is a concern or you are already overweight, then it is recommended to include Ghee in your diet after consulting your doctor.
HOW TO USE GHEE
A. For constipation
Take 1-2 teaspoon of Ghee with warm milk at night before sleeping for managing constipation.
B. For headache
Put 2-3 drops of Ghee in each nostril for relieving headache once or twice a day.
C. To remove dryness
Take 1-2 teaspoon of Ghee on an empty stomach for reducing dryness in the body.
Take it once a day for three months for better results.
D. Daily cooking
Take 1-2 teaspoon of Ghee for cooking your daily food.
PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING GHEE
Advice from ExpertsayurvedicAYURVEDIC VIEW 1. Use Ghee in small quantity or on alternative days if your skin is too oily.
Use Ghee after diluting with coconut oil before applying to hair.
HOW TO USE GHEEA. For dry skinUse Ghee directly on the skin once a day or thrice a week to prevent dryness and inflammation.
B. For dry lipsApply Ghee with sugar on lips and scrub to remove dead cells.
C. For headacheMassage with Ghee on the forehead and feet for relieving headache once daily.
D. For hair fallApply Ghee with coconut oil on the scalp thrice a week for reducing hair fall.
E. For wound healingApply Ghee with turmeric powder on the wound for quick healing and reducing burning sensation.