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Incredible Ghee- Why Ghee is so good for you
Ghee, a form of clarified butter, is an ancient Ayurvedic food and medicine.By: Sophie Leaver
Yoga teacher & wellbeing expert
The translucent golden liquid has long been a staple in Indian cuisine, and is now being recognised around the world for its rich nutrient profile, rich flavour and versatility.
Ghee is made by slowly heating unsalted butter and letting it boil until the water vaporizes. Once the bubbling stops, three layers remain: whey protein, liquid fat, and casein particles. The skin of whey protein is then removed, and the fat is poured off, leaving the clarified butter. Ghee does not require refrigeration, and can be stored easily for a long time. A superior organic ghee product will have been derived from grass fed cows. This means that ghee is only prepared when cows are naturally grazing from spring into fall when grasses are growing rapidly.
Ayurvedic wisdom has hailed ghee as the ultimate cooking oil, with powerful healing properties. The importance of a wholesome, healthy and balanced diet is a central focus in Ayurvedic philosophy. There is huge importance placed on sattvic foods that create equilibrium in the body and mind. Ghee is considered one of the most sattvic food sources, which are said to promote positivity, growth and the expansion of consciousness. As a sweet, soft, and oily food source, Ghee is considered to be an excellent pacifier of aggravated doshas in the body. Ghee is also recognised for its capacity to stimulate agni (the digestive fire). Traditionally, ghee would be fried with herbs and spices, taking on their property and diffusing them throughout the cooking. It also provides a soothing and cooling effect, which offsets any irritants from chillies or spices.
Ghee is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2. It also contains high levels of CLA, an anti-oxidant with anti-viral properties when organically sourced from grass-fed cows. The process for creating ghee removes most of the lactose, as well as the protein casein that some people are sensitive to. Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly to the liver and burnt as energy, meaning it can be used a consistent energy source for athletes. Energy from this type of fat can also be used to help break down other fat sources in the body, and can be helpful for those aiming to lose weight.
Removing the milk solids and water means that ghee has a higher smoke point. This makes it useful for frying, roasting, sautéing, or deep-frying at high heats, without breaking down into free radicals like other oils do. Its nutty flavour allows it complement a range of cooking, including vegetables, meats, stir-fries, curries, and even baking. It can also be used on toast as a substitute to your normal butter or margarine, in salad dressings and marinades. Ghee is all fat and has a characteristically strong flavour so you will not need as much when cooking with it. As a general rule, use a tablespoon of this edible fat for every four tablespoons of butter or other oils like coconut oil or olive oil.
Ghee can also be used as a natural beauty tool. Consuming ghee regularly provides your body with a healthy source of natural fats that can help create glowing, radiant skin. It can also be applied as a nourishing balm for chapped lips, or applied to dry hair to improve its shine and texture.
Ghee is an amazing supplement for anyone wanting to experiment with super foods, increase healthy fats in their diet, or follow the Paleo philosophy.
Ghee is nutritious, tasty, and easy to use. It boasts a wide range of health benefits, and when incorporated into your diet in moderation, can help transform the way you look and feel.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
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