Cow Ghee: Uses and Benefits of using Pahadi Cow Ghee
There’s something magical about the golden hue and aroma of freshly made ghee resting in a glass jar on our kitchen counter. We all love the nutty, rich smell of the ghee-making process, the traditional Bilona method of hand churning as done by our ancestors in villages, and I know, as I dip my spoon into the bottle to spread the goodness of ghee on my toast or roti, that I’m introducing this high-quality nectar into all of my body cells. In Ayurveda, ghee—especially when made from local, grass-fed, organic, unsalted butter—is the purest essence of the earth element.
As per Ayurveda, the consumption of ghee offers a wide range of benefits, including clarity of mind and healthy digestion. The Charaka Samhita, one of the classical texts of Ayurveda, says that “the intake of ghee is highly recommended for those whose bodily constitution is primarily dominated by Vata and pitta, one who is suffering from diseases due to the imbalance of Vata and Pitta, those desirous of good eyesight, the aged, children, the fragile and weak, people looking for longevity, those seeking strength, clear complexion, firm voice, better nourishment, progeny, suppleness of the body, luster, Ojas [life-giving vitality], memory, intelligence, strong digestion, wisdom, proper functioning of sensory organs, and those afflicted with injuries due to burns.”
Badri / Pahari cow is a popular and native cow species of Uttarakhand. They are smaller in size. These cows graze in the high Himalayas taking nourishment from native herbs and shrubs and hence its milk has high medicinal value. Try the bilona Ghee made from the A2 milk of Badri cows using the traditional bilona method. In the Bilona method, traditionally Curd is made from Cow milk and then it is churned to make butter and finally, clear Ghee is obtained. Our cows in Uttarakhand Himalayas are not fed with harmful chemicals or hormonal injections for commercial breeding etc. They are well-loved and respected and are taken to lush grasslands in the pristine mountain meadows. It’s real cruelty-free ghee where the calf has the first right on the cow’s milk.
Cow Ghee is a very potent base for preparing various Ayurvedic medicines for the benefit of mankind. The healing power of this clarified butter and our skin is able to absorb it really deep into the tissues in the human body. This virtue makes it an ideal base to prepare Ayurvedic formulations targeting specific parts/organs/tissues of the body. Cow Ghee is a unique product that makes it extremely valuable within the Ayurvedic science tradition.
Pahadi Cow Ghee is strongly recommended by Ayurveda practitioners for numerous medical applications,
Such as many forms of allergies, skin and respiratory diseases, etc. Desi Cow Ghee is also known to minimize the undesirable effects of drugs besides nullifying the adverse effect of toxins in the body. However, Cow ghee has to be used in moderation and in the right form in order to increase the efficacy of the Ayurvedic preparations.
Cow Ghee is light, pure, and does not become stable for a long time.
Cow Ghee commands respect as an integral part of the Ayurvedic health science, it is considered a premier Rasayana. A food that helps maintains good health, vitality, and longevity. Cow Ghee is excellent for balancing Vata (air element) and Pitta (fire element) related doshas imbalances (humor). It is sattvic (pure and healthy) food, which has a positive influence on our mind, body, and soul. Vata type people can enjoy more ghee than Pitta (fire) type who in turn can relish more ghee than Kapha
(Water element) types. Cow Ghee also brings out the aroma and flavor of many foods, we can use it for tadka to enhance taste and flavor for our Indian food and it can also be used as a replacement for butter in any cuisine.
Cow Ghee contains no water, so it does not spoil easily and hence preserves the original freshness and potency of all herbs and different foods. It can be stored without using any refrigeration.
Most Cow ghee-based formulations in Ayurveda are aimed at treating ailments related to the nervous system, digestive system and also for psychological ailments as well. As per Ayurveda, Cow ghee is very helpful to human beings as it loosens up and removes toxins, and balances humor (Doshas) in the skin and blood. It activates the small channels in our system for dislodging and finally removes heavy toxins from the body. Thus, toxins begin to drain from deeper tissues and start to flow in the gastrointestinal tract for elimination, this results in better health. It also lubricates and moistens the membranes and tissues. Cow ghee protects tissues from damage, helps in the proper flowing of wastes and toxins from the body.
As per Ayurveda, the colon is related to the proper functioning of all other organs and tissues. When the colon is cleansed and toned successfully, the entire body receives healing and rejuvenation. The colon is our body is the main organ through which the body absorbs nutrients thus, a properly cleansed colon can be a boon for efficient assimilation of nutrients.
Hence our body needs a regular dose of Pahari cow ghee for vitality and better constitution and vitality.