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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.
Type: Dairy, Oils
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: Yellow
Subtaste: Bland
Nourishes: Fat, Marrow, Muscle, Plasma, Reproductive
Effect: Ojas, Sattvic, Alkalizing
Nutrient: Fats
Element: Earth, Water

Serving Size: 2 tsp
Species: Bos taurus
Family: Bovidae
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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 is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for 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.

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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 , ALSACE, 08-17-16 (Reply)

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