Ghee is great for you!

I am a sucker for healthy & home made foods, specially the ones we can make from our own kitchen supplies.

Today I am going to share one of my favorites. Its the simple process of making in ghee(clarified butter) from malai(milk cream). And it holds great benefits for your health too.

Ghee is sometimes referred to as clarified butter since the milk solid have been “cleared” from it.  Once these milk solids are removed from the butter, you are left with a beautiful golden oily substance.  Once made, ghee contains practically no lactose or casein, making it suitable for people that cannot normally digest dairy.  Many chefs prefer ghee over butter as well, since the smoke point of ghee is much higher, at about 450 degrees.

A large component of the health benefits of ghee are derived from the short-chain fatty acid, known as butyrate acid, which is present in ghee.  This vital fatty acid has been clinically proven to increase energy, heal the colon wall, prevent colon cancer and reduce autoimmune conditions, among other benefits.  Although western science is just now discovering the numerous benefits of this nutrient, these healing properties have been well-known information among Ayurvedic doctors for thousands of years, and its top benefits are as below!

Health Benefits of Ghee:

  1. Increases Digestion. Ghee stimulates the secretion of stomach acids and in turn increases our ability to break down food.   Ghee also removes toxins and promotes elimination, both of which will help to increase one’s overall digestive capacity.
  2. Enhances the absorption of nutrients. Ghee not only helps to break down food matter, but also increase the ability of the intestinal wall to absorb vital nutrients.  Since most individuals have a deficiency of these fundamental nutrients, this is essential in increases one’s health and wellness.
  3. Enhances the healing properties of herbs. In Ayurvedic medicine, ghee goes way beyond a dietary ingredient.  Ghee is a well know catalystic agent, which has the ability to drive the healing properties of the herbs down into the deep tissues.  This in turn will enhance their effectiveness and healing potency.
  4. Increases vital Ojas in the body. Ojas is the subtle energetic force that is responsible for one’s energy, vitality and immunity.  A person with healthy Ojas is soft, gentle, compassionate and patient.  Ojas is also responsible for a healthy luster of the skin as well as a strong, healthy libido.  Ghee will enhance all of these qualities when taken consistently in proper proportions.
  5. Heals the intestinal wall. Ghee is one of the highest sources of butyrate acid, a short-chain fatty acid.  This healthy fatty acid is vital in the health of the intestinal wall, as it nourishes, heals and reduces inflammation of the gut wall making it ideal for disorders such as “leaky gut syndrome”, IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Butyrate acid is balancing to the gut flora and is beneficial for reducing Candida overgrowth and other unwanted pathogens.
  6. Reduces the risk of colon cancer. Butyrate acid has been proven to be preventative to colon cancer, as it increases the healthy bacteria in the colon, removes the unhealthy and is responsible for the growth and regulation of colon cells.  Ghee in general aids in healthy elimination as well. These are all components for optimal colon health.
  7. Lubricates the body, externally and internally. Ghee is a well-known treatment in Ayurveda for relieving dryness in the body, as it is oily and moisturizing by nature.  Whether taken internally or applied externally, ghee has the ability to nourish and lubricate the tissues on a cellular level.  This reduces dry skin, dry colon (constipation), inflammation and stiff joints while increasing luster, flexibility and promoting healthy elimination.
  8. Promotes the elimination of toxins stored in the body. Ghee is traditionally used to remove deep-rooted physical and mental toxins during an Ayurvedic cleanse.  It is a vital step in the preparatory phase (purva karma) of the cleanse, as well as during the cleanse itself.  By taking ghee in large doses prior to the cleanse, it “loosens” the deep-rooted toxins from the tissues which allows them to be eliminated from the body.Without this, the removal of toxins will only be on a superficial level.
  9. Used as rejuvenation therapy. Although ghee is used to aid in cleansing, it is just as vital for the rebuilding and regeneration of the tissues as well.  In times of depletion, weakness and debility (including after a cleanse or illness), ghee is an amazing medicine for increasing energy, strength, immunity, vitality and stamina.  Ghee can be mixed with rejuvenating herbs, mixed with honey or simply added to each meal.
  10. Nourishes the brain and nervous system. Ghee is known as a “medhya” substance as it increases mental reception, intellect and memory.  It is beneficial for mental and emotional imbalances, as well as a depleted, sensitive nervous system.  Since fat is needed in order to break the blood/brain barrier, taking brain nourishing herbs along with the ghee will only enhance these mentally boosting benefits.
  11. Powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Ghee possesses powerful anti-inflammatory agents making this a necessary medicine for allergies, arthritis and autoimmune conditions.  Chronic inflammation can cause premature aging, pain, swelling, burning, stagnation and irritation.  When left untreated, inflammation soon leads to destructive disorders such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.

How to make ghee at home:

I use buffalo milk, so I use the thick layer of malai that collect over boiled & cooled milk. I separate that using a strainer & collect it in a small container. Once my container is full enough (approximately 500 gms of cream is collected) I start my ghee making mission.

All you need to do is take a pan/kadhai, put it on medium flame, add all your collected malai in it.

After about 15 mins a thin oily substance will begin to appear on top, to make the ghee separation process faster I add a tablespoon of wheat flour, this speeds up the process. Once the residue is light brown in color, turn of the gas and strain the liquid in to a jar. And Voila! your homemade ghee is ready.

I use the remain light brown crusty leftover in my gravy dishes like paneer makhanwala and sorts. I am sure if you like cooking you will find more ways to use it!

So now go ahead & binge on some ghee ladies :p

 

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Ayurveda cures acne marks!

I have returned absolutely delighted from my holiday to Kerala, mainly because i was in the Ayurvedic epicenter of the country surrounded by organic & super beneficial herbs and spices. Lots of conversations and exploring led me to find 2 magical substances to cure Acne & acne marks.

Now this is a simple one but try to be consistent with it.

What you need?

Amba haldi, an Ayurvedic haldi used for medicinal purposes, it has a strong odor and mustard yellow color Amba Haldi with its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties has been extensively used for the preparation of skin care products.. It contains curcumin, vitamin A, protein, fatty acids, minerals and carbohydrates and has anti-inflammatory properties as well as strong antibiotic ones.

And,Rakhta chandan, popularly known as red chandan or Red Sandalwood Powder/Pterocarpus santalinus. It is dark maroon in color and doesn’t have any fragrance to it. It is different from sandalwood powder.Some of its powerful benefits are:

  • It is an antiseptic, wound healing agent.
  • It is an age-old effective remedy to fight acne, skin rashes, sunburn, blemishes and premature aging.

Both of these will be available in any authentic Ayurvedic shop, in case you are lucky to have someone in Kerala or traveling from there do ask for a packet each. In Pune you can find them in Kalidas Gandhi stores near Shivaji market, MG road.

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Recipe:

This one will help you get rid of deep acne, acne marks, even out the skin tone, remove suntan, improve skin texture and heal pits.

1 teaspoon Amba haldi powder

1 teaspoon Rakhta Chandan

Half teaspoon Aleo vera gel ( I use the most organic one i can find, current its Divya pharmacy(ram dev baba) product) If you have a plant then that is the best option, just slice open a leaf and scoop out a teaspoon of gel.

Half teaspoon lemon juice or rose-water.

A few drops of honey to maintain skin moisture, remove tan, age spots and speed up skin healing.

Mix it all in a small bowl to apply, make sure the mix is not watery, it needs to be thick and creamy so that it can spread easily and not drip.

This gives you a strong and potent mix for your active pimples, spots and marks. Just apply it on your clean face for 15 to 20 mins and wash off.

In case you have any irritation on the skin or sensitive skin, don’t use the lemon juice, just replace that with rose-water. In case you have very dry skin just add some milk.

This mix has many benefits for your skin and you can add more things to it to reduce its potency and increase other beauty benefits. For eg. you can add some besan (gram flour), green tea water, neem powder, oatmeal powder, a pinch of cinnamon.

P.S: After application of this mask your face will have a yellow tint so its best to apply it in the night,wash off and sleep with that yellow tint and let your skin absorb the pack’s nutrients all night. When you wake up wash off with a mild face wash.

Be natural, be beautiful!