Have you ever heard of ghee? Ghee is clarified or purified butter, traditionally used in Ayurvedic cooking.
Ghee has been gaining more popularity in the Western health scene, and it has been recognised as a superfood due to it’s many health benefits including:
- Stiff bones/joints – lubricates the organs and the hardened connective tissues, also making the body more flexible.
- Dry skin
- Detoxification -Pulls toxins out of the tissues, while simultaneously driving nutrients deep into the cells
- Promotes beneficial microbiology – Supports the good bugs to proliferate
- Enhances digestion – stimulates digestion, enzymes and helps breakdown food
- High smoke point – Ghee is a very stable oil with a smoke point of 252 degrees celsius, making it the safest oil and fat to cook with.
This traditional recipe was passed onto my dear friend Dylan Smith, Bondi-based Ayurvedic practitioner
The way ghee is produced is by boiling butter in a specific way, so that the lactose components and milk solids are separated and strained to produce this concentrated golden substance, ghee. Hence, why even those with lactose- intolerant people can safely consume it. It is a completely new product from butter after the transformation process. Ghee is superior a cooking oil that is irresistibly tasty with unique medicinal effects.
Although Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking, its flavour is completely versatile and can be used in any cuisine. It is a clarified or purified butter produced after butter is boiled in a specific way and the lactose components and milk solids are separated and strained, as a result, producing this concentrated golden substance, ghee. It’s a totally new product after the cooking process, thus, no one is allergic to it.
Let me explain the many benefits of using ghee in your everyday cooking…
Science comparing cooking oils:
If you have a small fire with embers burning and you pour some extra-virgin organic olive oil on that fire – the fire will go out. If you pour some ghee on the fire, the fire will roar! Same is with your digestive fire.
It stimulates digestion, enzymes and helps breakdown food. Food will not give any nourishment until it is broken down, so even if you are eating fancy kale salads and green smoothies, your body won’t get all the goodness out of it until it’s metabolised.
Most compatible fat for the human body:
Ghee is so critical for the health of the gut and immunity that the colon literally makes its own ghee (butyric acid). Research has attested to the fact that the beneficial microbes in the gut actually make their own butyric acid, the active ingredient in butter – and even more concentrated in ghee!
First of all, this high-quality fat is known to pull toxins out of the tissues, while simultaneously driving nutrients deep into the cells. Many people knew the new health-craze-ritual “oil pulling”, where you swish oil in the mouth to pull out toxins, strengthen teeth and gums and many more benefits. Ghee is doing this action of “Pulling toxins out”… of our gut! Its lipophilic effect on other fatty acids and fatty toxins (meaning ghee attracts these toxic fats), acts like a chelating agent, pulling stored fat soluble toxins out of the body and back into the intestines and eliminated by the body.
Depending on what your body needs, you can put on or loose weight. Ghee increases metabolism turning foods to nutrients rather than toxins, waste and excess fat great for loosing weight!
Ghee has the highest natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) (3.7%), the only acid that is anti-cancer, (no other fat oil has linoleic acid apart from safflower oil which has 2.5%).
Burns the bad cholesterol in the arteries.
Counters dryness in body:
Constipation, stiff bones/joints, osteoporosis, and dry skin. Most noteworthy in lubricating the organs and the hardened connective tissues, also making the body more flexible.
More medicinal qualities:
- Nourishes Ojas (our immune system and the final end product of digestion) as well as Prana (our life force) and all of our tissues as it is warmly welcomed to penetrate and do its job in the body.
- Increases intelligence, refines the intellect and improves the memory.
- Increases the strength, luster and beauty of the body, therefore, slowing the ageing process and improves our longevity.
- Best lip balm for dry and cracked lips.
- Has the perfect ratio of omega-3:omega-9 fatty acids.
- Has Vitamins A, D, E and K.
- A very, very stable oil with a smoke point of 252 degrees Celsius, hence, making it the safest oil and fat to cook with. (Use as a replacement for cooking oil and butter).
Have I convinced you yet?
Eating ghee not only taste amazing, it also promotes beneficial bacteria in the gut, where the digestive process takes place. The production of many mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin also happens in the gut, as well as the maintenance of strong immunity, therefore it is very important to enable healthy gut function.
According to Ayurveda, digestion is everything, so feed your digestive tract the food of the Gods, with this beautiful, luminescent, glorious, golden ghee.
Here is how to make it:
- 500gms unsalted grass fed butter (I use this B.D. Farm Paris Creek organic biodynamic brand I get from Harris Farm)
Place butter in a heavy bottomed pan and boil on low heat until foam is still, crispy and bubbles are minimal or absent. There should be no sound.
Where To Buy Ghee
Obviously, obtaining and using quality ghee is key. You can make it at specific times of the day. At good times of the year and with the moon to align with the energetic fields and to increase consciousness flow (Soma). Why? To emotionally charge and support the beneficial microbiology in this golden oil.
Stockists of Vital Veda Ghee:
- Orchard Street, Sydney
- The Broad Place, Paddington
- or contact Dylan here to place an order
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