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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.
Health benefits of Ghee:
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 – Charaka Sutrasthana 13th chapter
Indications for the Administration of Ghee:
Intake of herbal ghee is prescribed for:
Chakshu Kama – those desiring good eye sight,
Kshata Ksheena – with chest injured,
For the old, children and weak,
Those desirous of longevity, of strength, good complexion, voice, nourishment, progeny, tenderness, luster, immunity, memory, intelligence, power of digestion, wisdom, proper functioning of sense organs and those afflicted with injuries due to burns, by weapons, poisons and fire.
Ghee is one of those dietary ingredients that can be consumed by all at all times.
It is one of the essential dietary ingredients for those debilitated due to treatments.
It helps improve digestion power.
It nourishes body tissues, suitable for people of all ages.
It strengthens sense organs and immunity.
It improves tone and strength of the voice.
It begets longevity.
Cow ghee improves memory, intellect, power of digestion, semen, Ojas, Kapha and fat.
Vata and Pitta.
Visha – toxic conditions
Unmada – insanity
Shosha – emaciation
Alakshmihara – it is auspicious.
It is the best of all the unctuous substances.
Cold in potency and sweet both in taste as well as Vipaka.
When administered according to the prescribed procedure, it increases, thousand times in potency and develops manifold utilities.
Purana Ghrita – One Year Old Cow Ghee is Useful in:
Mada – intoxication,
Apasmara – epilepsy,
Moorcha – fainting,
Shosha – emaciation
Unmada – schizophrenia, insanity
Gara – remnant poisons
Jwara – fever
Pain in the ear, head as well as female genital tract.
Properties of ghee of other animals viz, goat, sheep and buffalo are the same as those of their milk.
Ghee for Weight Gain:
Regular consumption of ghee or inclusion of ghee as part of diet, is recommended for those seeking weight gain. Ghee is useful for people with emaciation, having lean body, having dryness of skin.
Use of Ghee in Spiritual Purposes;
Ghee is considered as very pure and auspicious. Hence in Hindu custom, while serving food, a little ghee is sprinkled over the food, symbolizing that ghee purifies the food. This practice is known as “Abhighara”.
Ghee is used in Spiritual practices called as Homa, where Ghee is offered to fire. Of all the sources available to use as fuel for fire, only ghee is used. It highlights the importance of Ghee.
After waking up in the morning, it is an auspicious ritual to see the face in ghee.
Ghee Home Remedies:
Having a teaspoon of ghee before food in the morning relieves pain in the bladder region.
In chronic fever, garlic along with ghee is advised as diet.
To relieve dryness of palate and oral cavity, Amla powder and raisins are mixed with ghee and kept inside mouth for a few minutes.
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) powder is consumed with ghee to relieve burning sensation.
Triphala decoction added with ghee and sugar is useful in the treatment of anemia. (improves liver function)
How to Consume Ghee?
Half a teaspoon of ghee during morning or as part of breakfast is a great way to start your day.
While taking food, first ghee with hard food stuff should be consumed, followed by soft foods and in the end curds.
Usually after ghee consumption, it is good to have a warm beverage.
For example, half to one teaspoon of ghee can be consumed just before having morning cup of tea / coffee.