SERVING SIZE: 2 tsp
SPECIES: Bos taurus
How Can Ghee Make You Feel Great?
Ghee for Weight LossGhee is butter that has been clarified in an easy process, eliminating the hard-to-digest, cholesterol-forming milk solids.
Ghee for DeficiencyGhee 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 CleansingGhee 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.
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WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Ghee Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
ANTACIDHerbs that neutralize acidity in the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach in particular.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Liver & Gall Bladder:
CHOLAGOGUECholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LIVOTONICAn herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
PROMOTES-FERTILITYAn herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
Skin Care & Beauty:
EMOLLIENTsoothes & softens the skin
RELIEVES-BURNINGHerbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
STOOL-SOFTENERAn herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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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?
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.
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.
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
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 :)
Yes Sabrina, coconut oil makes a good substitute for ghee.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Reproductive HealthAbortion (Past, Recent or Considering), Ejaculate 2+ times per week, Hysterectomy, Night-time Ejaculation, Premature Ejaculation, Semen discharge in urine, Vaginal dryness
SkinAcne - painful, Dry skin, Dryness Aggravates Nasal Passages, Gray skin/lacking lustre, Thin lips, Thin skin
PoopAlternating Diarrhea / Constipation, Constipation, Less than 1 elimination a day, Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool, Sausage shape stool with cracks on surface, Stool formed, but porous & airy
DietAnorexia, past or current, Bulimia, past or current
DigestionDiverticulosis / Diverticulitis, Hemorrhoids, Hoarse Voice, Hyperacidity, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Malabsorption, Pain left lower abdomen, Receding gums, Vomiting Blood
Respiratory HealthDry cough, Dry Nasal Passages
Mind Stress SleepEasily insulted / sensitive, Epilepsy, Migraines, Overwhelmed by responsibilities
Blood and CirculationHeart Palpitations, Hypoglycemic, Low energy, Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Night sweats
BonesLean muscles, Weak muscles
Weight LossLose weight easily, Recent weight loss, Sunken, ribs showing
About the AuthorJohn 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.