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Ghee Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Effect: Ojas, Sattvic, Alkalizing
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Type: Dairy, Oils
Element: Earth, Water
Subtaste: Bland
Nutrient: Fats
Color: Yellow
Nourishes: Fat, Marrow, Muscle, Plasma, Reproductive

Serving Size: 2 tsp
Species: Bos taurus
Family: Bovidae
Pharmacological Effects
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The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
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Ghee for Weight Loss

Ghee is butter that has been clarified in an easy process, eliminating the hard-to-digest, cholesterol-forming milk solids.

Ghee for Deficiency

Ghee is one of the most important medicines in Ayurveda because it is easy to digest and ojas building. Rich with the power of ojas, ghee is excellent for building strong, hearty tissue. Consuming ghee helps the body to become more tender and nourishes depleted tissue. Ghee is a rasayana (tonic) for sexual organs and an aphrodisiac. This superfood reaffirms the healing power of fats to skeptics. For instance, a little bit of fats calms the liver when it is deficient, and comforts the nervous system by supporting the myelin sheath.

Ghee for Cleansing

Ghee is useful in cleansing and in the detoxifying process of panchakarma because it pulls fat-soluble toxins into circulation. It also improves fat metabolism. Ghee in the duodenum reduces acid secretion, aiding hyper-acidic related digestive disorders.
Trying to cut down on butter at the movies? Try popcorn with ghee and cinnamon. Ghee is golden and delicious. Children love it. It is also great as a garnish drizzled over food. For details on how to make ghee yourself search for "ghee" in the recipe section.
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Buy organic ghee only. Ghee is highly concentrated and thus also concentrates toxins if made from impure ingredients. You can make your own homemade ghee or purchase it from most health food and Indian grocery stores. The water is boiled out of ghee, so it doesn't need to be refrigerated. To care for ghee, avoid putting dirty utensils into the ghee. Even a droplet of water could cause mold to form. Since the water has been boiled out of the ghee, it doesn't need to be refrigerated. To care for ghee avoid putting any dirty utensils into the ghee. Also, any droplet of water could cause a mold to form.

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Ghee is lighter, improves fat metabolism and has much less cholesterol than butter.

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From cookies to mashed potatoes, cook healthier by substituting ghee for butter in any recipe. The French are known for toasting clarified butter, giving their desserts a nutty aroma. Ghee is versatile because it absorbs the flavors and qualities of ingredients cooked with it. It is a wonderful cooking oil because it has a high smoke point - up to 458 F. Ghee changes from a solid to a liquid depending upon the ambient temperature. When measuring ghee always measure in liquid form because the volume changes significantly.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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Dear John, Is it better to cook with ghee or to add in the end of cooking? I toss the spaces on dry pan and than cook with water or steaming. Does cooking in ghee cause weight gain?

- Kristina, Skopje, 02-06-13 (Reply)
Fats are required in your diet. As a fat, ghee can help you gain weight, but is much lighter than other fats, such as butter. You can cook with ghee or add it after cooking - the effect is equivalent. I usually fry the spices in the ghee, instead of dry roasting them.
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 02-06-13 (Reply)
I use ghee, and I don't know about other vatas, but my digestion and bowel movements are much easier. I can say that for vata dosha the oils work for losing weight if they are using it in an Ayurvedic way, with spices, grains , vegetables, and fruit. My mind is more peacefull when I do my daily yoga, especially if one does not eat dairy (besides ghee), meat or processed food. Good oils is just nice for the digestion. Thanks John.
- Kristina, Skopje, 03-04-13 (Reply)

- David, Lingolsheim , 08-17-16 (Reply)
I am very Vata and have had digestive problems all my life. I was recently given the opportunity to learn Ayurvedic cooking and ghee, especially, has made a huge difference. I can feel my cells suck up the moist nourishment! My digestion is good, my skin is no longer dry and I've a totally unfamiliar but welcome sense of calm. It's easy to make, easy to use, good for me big time! I use it liberally on nearly everything. Feather
- feather, 10-25-16 (Reply)
Could coconut oil be used as a perfect substitute for ghee, and if not, is there a way to prepare or combine coconut oil so that it could be used in place of? Thank you :)
- Sabrina, Holiday , 03-15-17 (Reply)
Yes Sabrina, coconut oil makes a good substitute for ghee.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 03-15-17 (Reply)

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