Cow Ghee (Ghritham in Sanskrit): Ghee is a clarified form of butter obtained by heating the butter and removing the sediments. Ghee is commonly used in many recipes and also in various Ayurvedic medicines. Ayurveda says that just like we offer ghee into the sacrificial fire of Yagna ritual to keep the fire burning, we have to similarly offer/pour ghee into the digestive fire in the stomach of human body to keep that digestive fire burning so that it will in turn help easily digest the remaining food we eat. So, judicious intake of ghee in appropriate quantities according to one’s digestive capacity, age, time of the year, time of the day etc is very beneficial and protects the body. As per the Ayurvedic text, “Ashtanga Samgraha” by Maharshi Vagbhata, judicious consumption of ghee improves digestion, bestows good intellect, memory, strength, reproductive strength, good complexion, good vision and healthy eyes, protects the entire body, and prolongs life span.
“Ghee is best suited for those desirous of dhi: (intelligence), smruthi (memory), me:dha (ingenuity/talent/mental vigour), agni(digestive fire), bala(strength), a:yu(life), zukra (reproductive principle) and caksusa (good for eyesight); for children and old people, for those desiring offspring, good complexion, softness of body (sukumara) and good voice; for those suffering from ksata (trauma), ksina (debility), parisarpa (a kind of leprosy causing worm), disorders of vatha and pittha, visha(poison), unmada (insanity), zosa (tuberculosis), alaksmi (distress, physical or mental) and jvara (fever); it is best among all snehas (oils and ghees), is zita (cold), vayasasthapana (preserving youth); possesses a thousand good qualities, and does a thousand actions, when processed properly.”
Some of the health benefits and therapeutic qualities of cow ghee are: