What is ghee and what are its benefits?
Ghee is made from from cow milk butter. The butter is heated on low heat till it melts and the water completely evaporates, leaving behind milk solids which are skimmed off or strained out. The clarified fat that remains is Ghee.
Some of the health benefits of Ghee are
- Ghee is a good source of vitamin A, E, D, and K.
- Helps to better absorb nutrients.
- Removes toxins and helps in elimination, thus promoting digestion.
- Ghee lubricates the body, both internally and externally.
- Helps to improve eye health
- Nourishes the brain and improves your memory and intellect.
- It has also been used to treat burns and swelling. Ghee contains a fatty acid called butyrate that has anti-inflammatory properties.
What are the benefits of herbal ghee
Ghee has been used along with herbal medication in Ayurveda and Siddha treatments since ancient times. This is because ghee helps to better promote the absorption of nutrients, thus increasing the healing power of the herbs taken with it. Ghee has the ability to penetrate into cells and body tissues, thus making it a very good and effective medium for transporting the healing properties of herbs into the body.
Since ancient times, herbal ghees’ or ‘Ghritas’ has been used by Ayurveda for enhancing the therapeutic effects of the herbs. Ghritas are herb infused ghees. The ghritas help the body to easily absorb the herbal properties of the herb which has been infused in the ghee. It does this by acting as a carrier that facilitates the transport of the healing properties of the herbs through the cell membranes through which only lipid molecules can go through. Ghee is considered one of the few fats that can cross the blood-brain barrier. This is why herbs that can benefit the brain like ashwagandha and brahmi are taken in the form of a herbal ghee.
How to make Brahmi Ghrita at home
Brahmi is a very sought-after herb in Ayurveda, know for its support to learning, brain and memory. Brahmi not only supports the mind but also the central nervous system.
To make the ghee you have to boil the herb in water for a long period of time so that all the water-soluble properties of the herb is contained in the liquid. Strain the herb and filter out the solid parts or powder of the herbs and you are left with a liquid decoction.
Now you mix this decoction in ghee and heat it to bring out all the oil-soluble properties of the herb. You boil the ghee till all the water evaporates and you are left with the ghee that has been infused with both the water-soluble and oil-soluble properties of the herb.
In order to make this herbal ghee, you will need
- 100g Brahmi Leaves/Powder
- 13g Vaacha powder
- 13g Shankapushpi powder
- 13g Kushta powder
- 100g cow ghee
- 1700ml of water
Soak the Brahmi, Vaacha, Kushta and Shankapushpi powders in 1700 ml of water for six hours. After six hours, Place it on a stove and bring to boil. Then reduce the heat to low and cook till it reduces to about 450ml. Now strain the liquid and you get the decoction. Keep the liquid decoction and throw away the strained powder.
Take 100ml of cow ghee and mix this 450 ml of decoction in it. Place it on the stove and heat it. Continue to stir every few minutes till all the water evaporates from the ghee and it has lost all the moisture.
Now strain the ghee and keep in a sterilized glass jar. You can take take about 2 grams of this ghee once or twice a day. Drink warm water after consuming this ghee. This helps in digestion. The ghee helps with better absorption and delivery of the nutrients in the herb.
If you are taking medications for blood pressure or are pregnant, consult your doctor before taking brahmi ghee. Use good quality ghee.
Health benefits of Brahmi Ghee
- Helps to manage the symptoms of epilepsy.
- Helps to maintain a healthy brain function.
- Helps reduce anxiety and stress.
- Reduces fatigue and general weakness of the body.
- May help to reduce the symptoms of ADHD