Benefits Of Ghee
If you ever have heard anything bad about cow ghee, please forget that for a moment and read the following. Ghee is probably the most sacred, spiritual and physically health benefiting substances that is ever known to human beings. A person who is allergic to dairy products or gluten, need not be allergic to ghee. If you fail to consume ghee, there are so many ways it can be used for skin, nasal drops, enema etc.
Effect on Tridosha –
Ghee calms Pitta and Vata. Hence, it is ideal for people with Vata-Pitta body type and for those suffering from Vata and Pitta imbalance disorders.
Effect of ghee on digestion strength: Pitta and fire are inter-related. Usually, the substances that balance Pitta, also cause depletion of digestion fire. But ghee is an exception. It balances Pitta Dosha but it increases digestion strength.
However, it does not help in Ama (altered digestion and metabolism condition). In a normal person, if digestion strength is a bit low, then ghee is useful in improving his digestive capacity.
Ghee is quite similar to milk in qualities, but unlike milk, ghee improves digestion. (Bhava Prakasha)
Versatile health benefits of ghee:
Herbal rectal suppositories are smeared with ghee before insertion into anal canal. 5/288
It is conducive to Rasadhatu (essence part of digested food), Sukradhatu (semen) and Ojas. It has cooling and softening effect on the body. It adds to the clarity of the voice and complexion.
One of the many benefits of cow ghee, is pure cow ghee can be used as nasal drops. Two drop of pure cow ghee is put into both nostals, in morning before 30 min. of food. This practice is called Nasya Treatment. Ghee in nasal is used to treat white hairs, hair fall, migraine, tension headache, trigeminal neuralgia tinnitus, hearing problems, vision problems, to treat lack of memory and concentration. Nasal drop therapy can be continued for 2 to 3 weeks of time. Nasya treatment is not advisable in a weather full of cloud or winter season. Even when a person has any diseases like cough and cold etc. related to nasals, Nasya treatment is not recommended.
Pure Cow Ghee use balance Vata and Pitta dosha. Nasya treatment is an effective therapy for Ear, nose and throat diseases.
How does Nasya treatment works?
The medicaments administered through the nostrils pervade into the nervous (Brain) and venous system (Blood circulation) present in and around the nostrils. Then they evacuate the morbidity present or distributed in nearby area. Thus it relieves the blockage of the channels and the diseases are cured effectively.
As advised by a Doctor, Nasya treatment can be done at home; but it will have less side effects if done by a experienced therapist.
What are the benefits of Nasya Treatment?
Nasya treatment help managing several ENT medical problems including :
Pain Management : Nasya treats tension headaches, migraine and cervical spondylosis.
Stress Reduction : Nasya stimulates the vital centers of brain that regulate emotions and control stress.
De-toxification: Nasyam is one of the panchakarmas and is indicated as an important Ayurvedic de-toxification therapy.
Nasya do treat few skin and hair problems like white hairs and hair fall. Naya treatment with pure cow ghee increase immunity and strengthen the immune system.
Importance Of Pure Ghee
Made From Cow’s Milk- Some Facts According To Ayurveda And Modern Scientific Research
One of the most important constituent of vegetarian and satvik diet is ghee. Subtle effects of pure ghee made from cow’s milk can be depicted as given in the illustration below:
WHY IS GHEE OF PURE BREED COWS IMPORTANT??
- As the ghee; made from cow’s milk is sattvik, the flow of Divine Principle is attracted to it.
- A ring of Divine Principle (mula tatva) is also created and activated in the ghee.
- Flow of Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) is attracted to the ghee.
- Through this flow, a ring of Consciousness created and activated in the ghee.
- Even particles of mild Chaitanya are also created in the ghee.
- Particles of Chaitanya are spread in the environment.
Proportion of vibrations in the ghee made from cow’s milk:
The table below highlights the spiritual importance of ghee made from cow’s milk. As it is most sattvik, apart from it being used for consumption, it is also used in ritualistic worship.
- A ring of Conscious-filled Divine Energy (Shakti) of the Deity Sri Dhanvantari is created and is activated.
- Particles of Divine Energy are also created and spread in the ghee.
Since Ghee contains Divine Consciousness hence it is protected from negative energies. However use of synthetic substances in the preparation of ghee or preparing it in a distressing environment, may attract negative energies from the environment to it.
Divine Energy (Shakti)
“Dhee kaanthismruthikaarakam balakaram medhokaram shuddhikrudvataghnam shramanaashanam swarakaram pittapaham pushtidam!!
It increases Intelligence; Helps in enhancing Memory Power; Rejuvenates the Skin from inside and increases its Glow; Boosts body Energy; Detoxifies Body; Normalizes Vata; Increases clarity of Voice; Normalises Pitta; Nourishes the Body; Improves Digestion and increases body Fire; Increases Quality and Quantity of Semen; It is very effective in disorders of Eye; Acts as a Good Rasayana; It is the best form of Fat.
Scientific Facts About Cow Ghee
The modern doctors recommend not to use any fat except cow ghee by a cholesterol patient. The use of cow ghee does not increase cholesterol. It gives no bad effect on heart.
According to Russian Scientist Sirovish, Cow’s ghee has immense power to protect human body from the ill effect of radioactive waves.
10 gms. of cow ghee used in fire sacrifice produces one ton of oxygen. When cow’s ghee is burned with rice it produces Etholine oxide, propylene oxide and Foramaladeyore. Ethelene oxide and Formaldehyde give immunity against bacteria which are used in operation theatre. Propylene oxide induces rain. Therefore, sacrifice done with cow ghee purities atmosphere and induces rain.
Healing Properties of Ghee
In ancient India, wells full of Ghee were especially for those who suffered wounds.Ghee is known for the quality of Ropana- healing, and its effectiveness in facilitating recovery from wounds.
According to Ayurveda, if a person has a chronic peptic ulcer or gastritis, Ghee should be used to heal that ulcer inside the intestinal tract. Ghee works wondrously on bedsores for the elderly or debilitated. It can be applied for broken bones and bruises. It is highly effective for all sorts of skin rashes. It is also used on burns of both fire and chemicals.
When used on the skin, Ghee softens and strengthens, protects and nourishes.
Some more significance of consuming pure desi ghee
While creating the Universe, God laid down rules about specific diets for specific beings. As per Nature’s law, the cow is purely vegetarian. Hence, consuming vegetarian food is abiding by Divine rules. Abiding by Dharma means following appropriate Code of Conduct of diet, enhancing Divine qualities and becoming capable of attaining Bliss. As a result of vegetarian diet the Sattvaguna in man is enhanced. Vegetarian diet accomplishes the task of making man Divine, that is, man begins to progress on the spiritual path.
After rice, I feel Ghee occupies the unenviable position as one of the most misunderstood foods in India today. At one time considered the food of Gods, its now a “fattening” ingredient and somehow responsible for the lifestyle diseases of this generation. But is that the truth? Since the 70s and 80s when inspired by the marketing and propaganda of “heart healthy” vegetable oils, an entire country let go off its 5000-year old food wisdom to eat Ghee, has our heart health really improved? Are there fewer cases now of diabetes, high cholesterol, etc? Or did we make a blunder when Ghee was labeled “saturated fat” and pushed in the same category as trans-fats and hydrogenated fats?
Here is the summary of “The goodness of Ghee” series I ran on fb and twitter last week.
Things we don't know or don't bother to know about Ghee
Most common myths about Ghee and where you should banish them
Ghee has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Other than helping you recover from sickness, it ensures that you don't fall sick.
Ghee is fattening - Ghee by nature is lipolytic, that which breaks down fat. And this is due to its unique short chain fatty acid structure.
The anti-oxidants in Ghee make it the miraculous anti-wrinkling and anti-ageing therapy you were searching for.
Ghee is a saturated fat - It's a saturated fat, yes, but with such a unique structure that it actually helps mobilize fats from stubborn fat areas of the body. Not a saturated fat like trans-fats in your biscuits, cakes, pizza, etc.
Ghee is excellent for joint health as it lubricates and oxygenates them.
Ghee will increase cholesterol - Ghee reduces cholesterol by increasing contribution of lipids towards metabolism. Liver produces excess cholesterol under stress. Ghee helps you de-stress, sleep better and wake up fresher.
Ghee takes nutrients from your food and deliver them through fat permeable membranes like in the brain.
Ghee is harmful for heart - Rich in antioxidants, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D, Ghee has just what you need for a healthy heart.
Ghee improves your satiety signal and ensures you eat the right amount of food.
Ok, ok fine, Ghee is good, but must not eat it too much – Traditionally we add Ghee in each meal. The quantity at which the taste of food is best is the right quantity. Only your tongue and stomach can tell you that.
What does our ancient food wisdom tells us: Runam krutva, ghrutam pibet - take a loan, but drink ghee. Cook in it or add on top of cooked food, it will continue to bless you.
P.S: And yes, the best Ghee is the one made at home from an Indian cow’s milk. The next decent option is Ghee from buffalo milk. The jersey cow milk and Ghee has no benefits that you seek. So that rules out the tetra packed milk unfortunately. What you can do is - support a goshala and help preserve the Indian cow.
For people outside India - Use the best possible option but start making a demand for Indian cow milk/ butter. Especially if you are in a country where "customer is the king".
Go-Ghrita has been used for centuries to improve physical and mental health and also in the treatment of various ailments. Its regular use helps to improves health. It is used to heal wounds, burns, chapped lips and mouth ulcers. There are many Ayurvedic medicated ghee containing extract of medicinal herbs and Go Ghrita.
Presence of Cow’s ghee make these medicines more potent and helps better absorbability. Such medicines go to the minutest pores of the body and lubricate them. Medicated ghee are tonic for nerves and brain. As per Ayurveda, Purna Ghrita/Old ghee (ghee which is stored for 5-10 years before use) is useful in treatment of epilepsy, intoxication, fainting, malaria, diseases of head, eyes, ear, and diseases of female reproductive system. It is antibacterial, and antimicrobial in nature. It shows beneficial effects in pneumonia, cough, and excessive phlegm. Purana ghee is a tonic and expectorant. Topically it is used on boils, carbuncles and sores.
Ghee word is originated from Sanskrit word ‘Ghrita’. It is known as Neyi, Nai (South India), Roghan (Persian) and butterfat, clarified butter, dehydrated butter (English). Ghee can be defined as almost anhydrous milk fat. Chemically, it is a complex lipid of glycerides (usually mixed), free fatty acids, phospholipids, sterols, sterol esters, fat soluble vitamins, carbonyls, hydrocarbons, carotenoids (only in ghee derived from cow milk), small amounts of charred casein and traces of calcium, phosphorus, iron, etc. It contains less than 3% moisture. Ghee is a good source of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and essential fatty acids.
For obtaining ghee from milk first butter is prepared. There are two traditional methods to extract butter from the milk in India. First is boiling the milk for few minutes to separate the cream or fat portion from the milk. The cream floats on the layer of milk and this is collected. Collected cream is then churned to get butter (butter of milk). Another method is to get butter from curd. The milk is converted into curd by fermentation process (Lactobacilli) and then this yoghurt is churned to get the butter (butter of yoghurt). The butter is cooked till all the moisture part is removed and only fat content remains which is ghee. In all oily and unctuous substances, Ghee is considered superior.
Ayurveda describes eight kinds of Ghrita/Ghee which are obtained from milk of eight different animals. Among all, ghee which is obtained from milk of cow (Cow’s ghee or Go Ghrita) is considered best.
Ghee and it's Myth
Ghee or Clarified Butter as known in English, is one of the main food in our Indian culture, and was given great importance by ancestors. Ghee has a big significance in all regions of our nation and was a staple diet used by every Indian. It was not only used as food but also is a main Ingredient for many Ayurvedic medicine used in various tonics and Oils for body massage and curing various ailments.
During the olden days, when in every house it was very common to have a cow or two, milk was readily available with which they had a good stock of milk and butter or any thing in excess was given to the poor or the needy or given to the temples as offerings.
The ghee were purely organic, we had Cow of Pure Indian Prodigy which had a Hump on it's back, these cows gave A2 milk which was safe, healthy and very nutritious for our mind and body.
Gone are those days when we used to treat Cows as our Holy Mother,
Gone are those days when we followed the Great Vedas and Upanishads
that have mentioned about the importance and significance of the Holy Cow,
we never cared to know that many of our Rishis and Kings even sacrificed
their life for the sake of The Holy Mother Cow, forget our generation
who is not even bothered to know, even our elders are completely
ignorant of the great significance Cow has to our life and society.
Now this Humble gracious creature regarded as Divine by our Sanatana Dharma is only seen as a Milk Generating Business Machine, when she stops giving milk after feeding her with all harmful steroids, let's send her to the Butcher. Well this horrifying saga of killing or Indian Breed Cows have been happening ever since the evil British set their ugly foot on our soil. To know more about it, click on the link History of our Divine Vedic Cow.
What's disheartening to know is that even though or own indigenous breed are being killed in good numbers with various slaughter houses all over the nation, now we have Hybrid European Jersey and Holstein Cows, which are been reared by or Farmers, well little do hey know that these Cows are useless as they give harmful A1 milk which is not only bad for for healthy but also toxic its more harmful for females as they will suffer from cancer and just born infants and children should never drink A1 milk as it can prove fatal.
Not only Milk of European Cow is harmful, but even the urine and Cow dung is useless, in markets we get butter and Ghee of this A1 cow milk but health and nutrition wise it will never come closer to that of butter or ghee of Indian Breed cows that give A2 milk. OUR DOCTORS DO KNOW THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF A1 MILK, but their lips are tied cause they know people will get sick and come to them for treatment and they can laugh all the way to banks.
Why is ghee important for one’s diet?
Its one of India's heritage recipes and a therapeutic one at that. The method in which ghee is made gives it a unique colour, consistency, flavour and aroma, along with multiple health benefits. So from good looks to sharp brains, from overcoming constipation to spiritual evolution, ghee is celebrated in India for every reason - gross to subtle, small and big.
What are the health benefits of having ghee?
Great skin, lubricated joints, stronger immune function, better memory, heart health, fertility, ant- carcinogenic and everything in between. Super crucial these days is for assimilation of Vit D, because vit D deficiency is the rich man's new disease.
How much ghee should one have in a day?
As much as one wants, as much as is required to bring out the best taste, flavour, aroma and texture of food without making it greasy.
The market is abuzz with many types of ghee. What type of ghee should one have?
The one that is made at home following all the protocol - being distilled or purified from milk to malai, from malai to butter, and gets churned and heated, is the best one. The important thing to remember here is that the milk should come from the Indian breed of cows, often called as desi cow and the one who walks arounds and grazes on nutritious grass. Not the Jersey cow that you saw in the DDLJ movie, who is fed corn and hormones. The hierarchy here is - Indian cow followed by buffalo and last option is Jersey cow.
What are the things one should keep in mind while buying ghee?
Answered in previous question, but to put in one line - that it comes from Indian cow milk and that butter has been churned while making it and not just heated or melted.
There is also an alternative debate that ghee has disadvantages for people who are overweight, and also lead to cardiovascular diseases. How would you respond to that?
The debate exists because people confuse ghee with any other saturated fat. Just like they have now learnt that all fat is not bad, they will also learn that all saturated fat is not the same. While it makes sense to avoid saturated fat that comes in "fibre rich" biscuits and "iron enriched" cereals, it is important to understand that the saturated fat in ghee is different from the one that is found in packaged and processed food products. Ghee has a very unique carbon atom structure, much smaller than the usual and commonly found and rightfully feared saturated fat. This unique carbon atom chain is what gives ghee all its therapeutic, almost magical, properties. The "deabte" is a consequence of half information, one that overlooks the basics of chemistry.
How should one include ghee in everyday diet?
Ghee is versatile in nature, it can lend itself beautifully to deep frying, tadka or can be added to flavour dals, rotis, parathas, etc. You could even apply it to your toes or head as a relaxant and it works better than a sleeping pill. Its smoking point is high so you can have it cold, warm or hot, depends on individual preference and the type of cuisine involved.