Ghee increases Dhi (intelligence) refines the Buddhi (intellect) and improves the Smrti (memory). Ghee also builds the aura, makes all the organs soft, and increases Rasa (the internal juices of the body).
Ghee softens and strengthens, also protects and nourishes the skin. Ghee increases the overall strength, lustre and beauty of the body. Until the last generation in India, men gave ghee massages on the street. Ghee was almost always the preferred substance for the skin, however, since it is more expensive than oil, it has come to be used for internal purposes mostly. It is still used externally for the old and young. Mothers in India massage their babies with ghee. I massaged both my children with Ghee after they were born, and they seemed to love it. Sometimes, when they could not sleep, I would rub it on the feet and temples. It is considered one of the best substances for Abhyanga (self-massage). Ghee works wondrously on bedsores for the elderly or debilitated too. It can also be applied on bruises. It is highly effective for all sorts of skin rashes. It is also used on burns from both fire and chemicals.
In Ayurveda, when a person has a chronic peptic ulcer or gastritis, ghee is used to heal the ulcer inside the intestinal tract. On Ingestion, Ghee lubricates the connective tissue and aids digestion by stimulating the digestive enzymes.
Ancient Ayurvedic treatments of Ghee, used in our day-to-day life, some of which are still prevalent amongst believers are:
- Coughs & Colds: A pinch of turmeric powder (Haldi) and a tsp of cow’s ghee in a cup of hot milk. It helps in getting rid of a sore throat, cold or a cough. A little ghee mixed with honey and pepper powder, taken a few times is also useful for a cough and cold. Ginger powder and cardamom fried in ghee can also benefit if you have mucus blocking your airway.
- Deworm: Make children drink a little fresh buttermilk mixed with a pinch of Hing (Asafoetida) fried in a little ghee to relieve them from worm infestation.
- Heartburn & Indigestion: Take ½ tsp of cumin and boil it in 500 ml water for 5-7 minutes, add 1 tsp of ghee. Drinking this concoction slowly over the period of one day will relieve pain in the lower abdomen, heartburn, bloating and gas trouble. The short-chain fatty acid butyrate helps support a healthy digestive tract. It works by encouraging the conversion of fibre into butyric acid, which is vital for detoxifying as well as the removal of other fats and toxins. Moreover, ghee benefits include increasing gastric acid and aiding in efficient digestion.
- Constipation Reliever: One or two teaspoons of Ghee in hot water first thing in the morning, will promptly produce a bowel movement. This will also warm the body quickly. Two teaspoonfuls of it in warm milk before bedtime is calming to the nerves and lubricates the intestines and accelerates a bowel movement in the morning.
- Gastritis & Ulcers: When a person has long-lasting gastritis or peptic ulcer, it is used to heal that ulcer inside the intestinal tract.
- Skin Soother: It is used as message oil for old and young. It is considered as one of the best substances for self-massage. It strengthens, softens, nourishes and protects the skin. It can also decrease the inflammation when rubbed externally onto the skin. Ghee works effectively in relieving cracked lips, cuticles and more. Ghee also works wonderfully on bedsores for the elderly or debilitated. It can be applied to bruises and broken bones. It is greatly effective for all sorts of skin rashes and also burns of both fire and chemicals.
- Hair Massage: Ghee was used by ancient women for hair massage too for lustrous hair and healthy supple scalp. A day a week used to be the ritual where all the ladies the house will massage each other’s hair a few hours before the wash. Ghee Hair treatment for coarse dry hair including split ends includes applying warm Ghee to the ends of your hair, wait for an hour before shampooing your hair.
- Other Benefits: It is rich in carotenoids and vitamin A. Intake of clarified butter increases or boosts the antioxidants in your body thus promoting cell growth, increasing immunity, improved vision and also reduces the risk of cancers and heart diseases. It is a very effective remedy for sleeplessness or insomnia. Take some Ghee and massage it on the feet. Do this before going to bed every day. This will help to promote a sound sleep.
- Ghee Oil Pulling: To improve the health of the teeth and gums, use Ghee for oil pulling. Oli pulling has become a modern-day trend too, where more and more people are trying to gargle with ghee and other oils in the morning to recover from gum issues, and loose teeth and other oral benefits.
- Ghee Oil lamps: Lighting Ghee lamps all over the house on festivals is an age-old Indian Tradition, still followed by Indians the world over. When you burn lamps using Ghee, it eliminates the viruses and bacteria in the house and makes your house disease free.
NOTE: These are not recommendations, but information shared on the ancient Ayurvedic usage of Ghee