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Aries Eagle
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posted January 15, 2017 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aries Eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

by Tali Merrick { source }

Ghee is a sacred symbol of nourishment, auspisciousness and healing in Indian culture, particularly in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used in the medical science of Ayurveda for thousands of years.

Ghee is sometimes referred to as clarified butter. When the butter is boiled the water and milk solids are extracted from it, producing a beautiful, golden, oily, “pure” substance. Ghee is lactose and casein free.

Ingestion of Ghee –

The ingestion of ghee is like offering the finest of fuels into the fires of digestion. Ghee actually enkindles the digestive fire (Agni) and makes it burn brighter. This may be tested on an actual fire: light a fire, and if you pour a little oil onto it, it will dwindle. However, if you pour a little ghee onto the fire instead, it will enkindle and burn brighter. Similarly, this effect occurs inside the body.

Benefits of Ghee –
* Builds the aura or “glow”
* Softens the organs
* Strengthens the internal juices of the body which are destroyed by aging
* Increases the most refined element of digestion

Maya Tiwari calls ghee the “single most ojas-producing food on earth”. Ojas is the underlying basis of all immunity and is said to be the essence of all bodily tissues. Ojas may also be considered as our “life sap” or vital essence.

Ghee & Panchakarma –
The ingestion of ghee is used in panchakarma (five-action traditional Ayurvedic cleansing regime) to penetrate and dissolve undigested material (ama) in the bodily tissues, before being carried to the intestinal tract and then expelled from the body.

Ghee increases the overall strength, lustre and beauty of the body. Used on the skin, ghee softens strengthens, protects and nourishes.

Other benefits of this elixir include:
Rekindles the agni (digestive fire)
Possibly the most well-known health property of ghee is the fact that it is an amazing agent for enhancing the digestive fire (agni). 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.

Fights inflammation
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 may lead to destructive disorders such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.

Nourishes all 7 dhatus (bodily tissues)
Because of its superb penetrating qualities, ghee has the ability to carry a substance deep into all seven dhatus (bodily tissues). Ghee is used as a carrier for medicinal herbs and bhasmas. Ghee causes secretions and liquification in the dhatus that dissolve wastes, allowing the doshas to carry away undigested material.

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 nourishing 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.

Increases the effectiveness of medicinal herbs
Ghee is a well known catalyst (anupana), which has the ability to drive the healing properties of the medicinal herbs deeply into the tissues. This increases the effectiveness and healing potency of the herbs dispensed.

Is believed to actually decrease cholesterol levels (unlike butter and margarine)
Promotes good vision and strong immunity
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 “glow” of the skin, as well as a strong, healthy libido. Ghee will enhance all of these qualities when taken consistently in proper proportions

Contains natural linoleic acid, which is one of the best cancer-fighting ingredients
Ghee is comprised of short-, medium- and long-chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. Ghee contains Omega-3 and Omega-9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee made from organic butter of pastured cows is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid).

Cooking with Ghee –
Ghee is the foundation of any Ayurvedic meal. It is easy to digest, and nourishes all seven tissues of the body. It improves eyesight and memory, lubricates the joints, and improves flexibility. It is an effective medium for medicine.

In Ayurvedic cooking, it is selected specifically for its ability to carry the therapeutic qualities of the kitchen herbs deep into the tissues, increasing the medicinal value of any meal.

It is really important to cook ghee in the right frame of mind, as it has the ability to absorb energy on a subtle level. Cook it with love and positivity, and with the intention of nourishment and healing. Use it daily in your cooking, for health, longevity, and a happy soul.

How to make ghee
One ingredient: Organic, unsalted butter

Method:

1. Melt butter in a wide, stainless steel pot on high heat.

2. When butter has melted, turn heat down until it is gently rolling and simmering. It will make a fair bit of crackling noise.

3. Continue to cook at this heat until the lumps on the bottom turn dark brown, and the froth on the top begins to brown as well. This will take approx 15 minutes. You will hear the ghee begin to fall silent with just the occasional crackle when it is almost done.

4. Turn off the ghee and remove from heat.

5. When it cools slighty, strain through a very fine stainless steel strainer/ muslin cloth into a glass jar.

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posted January 15, 2017 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aries Eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted January 15, 2017 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aries Eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ghee – 6 reasons why experts recommend eating it every day! by Kriti Saraswat

Do you think ghee is bad for your health? Here are facts which will make you feel otherwise.

Ghee or clarified butter that was an essential part of the Indian cuisine has lost its sheen these days. Many ‘health-conscious’ people dismiss adding ghee to food as they believe it is an unhealthy practice. But in reality ghee is packed with myriad health benefits. Don’t believe it? Here’s how adding a dollop of ghee is good for your health.

#1 Acts as brain tonic

According to nutritionist Neha Chandna, Ghee is good for the nerves and brain. It contains high levels of omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which is ideal for overall health. Apart from this, decreased intake of these acids is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Hence, make it a habit to include ghee in your diet regularly as it can help your brain function better.

#2 Prevents cancer

Although ghee is high in saturated fats, it is ideal for cooking Indian food because it has a high smoke point (i.e., it does not burn very easily). This means, it generates less free radicals when heated, which are known to increase your risk of cancer. It is also rich in antioxidants that in turn protect you from free radical damage.

#3 Aids digestion

‘Ghee helps in the secretion of stomach acids that aid digestion,’ says Neha. Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar in her series Indian Food Wisdom and the Art of Eating Right highlights the fact that certain foods such as khichdi, puran poli, etc. need to have ghee to help us digest them better. You can also try these yoga poses to improve digestion.

#4 Used as a natural moisturiser

Ghee is a good beauty enhancer as well. If you have chapped lips, apply a drop of ghee on them before you sleep. In Ayurveda, ghee is used as a moisturising agent by mixing it with water and stirring it. The process is repeated several times before ghee can be used. And once made, you can store it for up to six months to use it regularly. Here are 5 beuty benefits of ghee you should try out!

#5 Melts stubborn fat

If you have problem areas where fat gets accumulated quickly, consider adding ghee to your diet. ‘Ghee has essential amino acids that help mobilise the fat and allow the fat cells to shrink in size,’ explains Rujuta.
Apart from the above benefits, ghee is good for people suffering from joint pain. It also improves your memory and vision power. As ghee has powerful antiviral and antifungal properties, it strengthens the immune system.
How much is too much?

Ghee is considered to be unhealthy because people do not know how much is too much. Though it has several benefits, eating unhealthy amounts will only lead to problems. ‘Learn to draw the line at two teaspoons of ghee per day. ‘Also, remember that it is rich in saturated fat and eating too much can increase your cholesterol levels, affecting the heart,’ says Neha.

Who should avoid it?

Though it has numerous health benefits, people with heart disease, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and obesity should avoid or reduce the intake of ghee to prevent further health complications.
Now that you know the various benefits of ghee, don’t shy away from spreading a spoonful on your rotis or adding a dollop of it on your dal-chawal.

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posted January 16, 2017 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Healthy butter!

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posted January 17, 2017 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All I can think about is crab legs right now.

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posted January 17, 2017 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aries Eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I started using Ghee (grass-fed) as my cooking oil

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posted January 17, 2017 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aries Eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if someone want to try it i advice to buy it from a local trusted farm or a small local factory because some brands in the supermarket produce ghee directly from milk with some mass production techniques they skip the butter formation stage which makes it much less nutritionally valuable also they use cheap materials to squeeze more profit.

Or you can make it by yourself, you can find the method in the first post.

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posted January 18, 2017 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, yes, I would want the genuine stuff.

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posted January 19, 2017 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bet it tastes great on corn on the cob!

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posted January 21, 2017 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's easy to make.

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posted January 21, 2017 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gee, I love Ghee!

The process of making Ghee is very spiritual. if you do make your own, use natural butter and imbue your intention into the Ghee. It is a meditatative process.

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posted January 30, 2017 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Faith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love it, too.

I make my own. I have Miya Tiwari's book.

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Great article, apparently roasting Hing ( Asafetida ) in ghee and taking it reduces stress, and nervous disorders in people. Ghee itself is helpful for healthy nerves etc.

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posted February 02, 2017 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aries Eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome everyone, thanks for sharing your info with us.

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posted February 02, 2017 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aries Eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Randall:
Bet it tastes great on corn on the cob!

will try it. i tried cooking a steak with ghee and it turned out to be a boss steak don't worry i burn all these calories with working out no health issues.

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posted February 03, 2017 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They sell bottles of Ghee in my local grocery store now!

Thanks for the great article, as usual, AE.

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