GHEE- the golden elixir of Life
Maya Tiwari calls ghee the “single most ojas-producing food on earth”. Ojas is the underlying basis of all immunity and is said to be the essence of all bodily tissues. It is the “life sap” of our body. Ghee increases intelligence, refines deeper awareness and improves memory.
Beautiful, golden ghee is the foundation of a balanced Ayurvedic meal. Making ghee is a rich practice with many health benefits. Ghee comes from the Sanskrit word meaning 'sprinkled'. It means that the milk fat and water are removed from organic unsalted butter by cooking it over a medium high heat, then carefully straining it. The result is a clear, lactose-free golden oil called ghee.
Ghee is easy to digest, and deeply nourishes all seven tissues of the body. It is preferred for Ayurvedic cooking because of its ability to escort the therapeutic qualities of kitchen herbs and spices deep into the tissues, increasing the medicinal value of any meal. After all, food is medicine! Use ghee daily in your cooking, for health, longevity, and a happy soul.
Ghee is a sacred elixir of nourishment, auspiciousness and healing. It's important to cook ghee in the right frame of mind because it has the ability to absorb energy on a subtle level. Cook it with love and positive energy, with the intention of nourishment and healing. In the Wise Earth Ayurveda tradition, making ghee is a meditation. The smells, sounds and visuals are intoxicating… as well as heart opening. Adding mantras makes it one of the most profound tonics in your kitchen. Th ebest part is, ghee is absolutely delicious.
All health relies on great digestion. Ghee strengthens the “fire” of the digestive system, making the digestive juices stronger and more sustaining. Eating ghee is like offering the finest fuel to your digestive fire. You can even test this on an actual fire! Light a fire. Pour a little oil on it...it will dwindle. However, if you pour a little ghee on the fire, it’ll burn brighter. Ghee lamps are used to illuminate the altars in sacred temples and ashrams.
Ghee creates a glow that can be seen through the eyes and skin. The unctuous nature of ghee softens the internal organs, strengthens the internal juices of the body (which can become deplete with typical aging), while it increases the refined elements of digestion. Ghee increases the overall strength, luster and beauty of the body. It softens strengthens, protects and nourishes the skin when used externally. Ghee is used during Ayurvedic cleansing to dissolve undigested material in the bodily tissues, allowing them to be effectively expelled from the body.
Here are the benefits to remember...
Stokes your digestion
Possibly the most well-known health property of ghee is the fact that it is an amazing agent for enhancing the digestive fire (agni). Ghee stimulates the secretion of stomach acids and in turn increases our ability to break down food. Ghee also removes toxins and promotes elimination, both of which will help to increase one’s overall digestive capacity.
Ghee possesses powerful anti-inflammatory agents, making this a necessary medicine for allergies, arthritis and autoimmune conditions. Chronic inflammation can cause premature ageing, pain, swelling, burning, stagnation and irritation. When left untreated, inflammation may lead to destructive disorders such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune conditions. Ghee is also lactose and casein free.
Nourishes all the tissues of the body
Because of its superb penetrating qualities, ghee has the ability to carry a substance deep into all bodily tissues (dhatus). Ghee enables excesses to be eliminated from the body by liquefying and dissolving wastes, and then allowing them to be naturally carried away.
Lubricates the body, outside and inside
Ghee is a well-known treatment in Ayurveda for relieving dryness in the body, as it is oily and nourishing by nature. Whether taken internally or applied externally, ghee has the ability to nourish and lubricate the tissues on a cellular level. This reduces dry skin, dry colon (constipation), inflammation and stiff joints while increasing luster, flexibility and promoting healthy elimination.
Increases the effectiveness of medicinal herbs
Ghee is a superb carrier for medicinal herbs. It’s a well-known catalyst (anupana), which has the ability to drive the healing properties of the medicinal herbs deeply into the tissues. This increases the effectiveness and healing potency of any herb dispensed in this way.
Promotes good vision and strong immunity
Ojas is the subtle energetic force that is responsible for one’s energy, vitality and immunity. A person with healthy Ojas is soft, gentle, compassionate and patient. Ojas is responsible for a healthy “glow” of the skin, as well as a strong, healthy libido. Ghee will enhance all of these qualities when taken consistently in proper proportions.
Protects against cancers
Ghee protects the memory of your vital tissues. Cancer is a type of “tissue amnesia” – the body forgetting how to live harmoniously within itself. This memory loss can be due to many factors- environmental toxins, poor diet, ancestral patterns, and more. Ghee preserves and protects cellular memory.
Ghee contains natural linoleic acid, which is one of the best cancer-fighting ingredients. Ghee is comprised of short-, medium- and long-chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. Ghee contains Omega-3 and Omega-9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee made from organic butter of pastured cows is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Ghee has been known to lower cholesterol.
Ghee is nourishing, healing, steady and dependable. Ghee is ever-supportive, like a loving & compassionate mother. Enjoy this wonderful nectar!
Wise Earth Ayurveda Ghee making group classes are avilable thoughout the year. Contact: Sarita at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-763-1755 to find out how you can join in!