At Nécessité, it’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Ayurveda, the healing science of ancient India. We’ve touted the benefits of one of its star spices, turmeric. We’ve written about its facial massage tool, the Kansa wand. And now, it’s time to introduce you to one of Ayurveda’s most iconic and enduring health foods: ghee.
Ghee is actually butter that’s gone through a clarification process. This process strips it of its “impurities”—aka, the hard-to-digest bits—and leaves behind a beautiful, oily substance full of healthy fats. Ghee is free from lactose, casein, and whey protein, and as such, is usually fine for those who are lactose-intolerant or otherwise don’t eat dairy. Basically, ghee is the best of both worlds.
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What Does Ghee Do?
Ghee is full of Omega-3, -6, and -9 vitamins, as well as vitamins A, D, E and K — that’s a lot of healthy fats. Healthy fats are great for your joints, digestive system, and even your skin. In fact, toxins and fats share a similar structure, so it’s been found that ghee actually latches onto toxins in the body and makes them easier to eliminate. Many Ayurvedic doctors believe that ghee also promotes brain health (like improving memory) and strengthens the immune system (since it contains antioxidants). Besides all that, ghee tastes delicious — kind of like a heartier, nuttier version of butter.
How To Use Ghee In Your Diet
Luckily, ghee is everywhere right now. You can find it in your local health food store, in Whole Foods, or on Amazon. It’s really easy to incorporate into your diet, too. Simply use it as a butter substitute in your favorite dishes.
One of my favorite ways to consume ghee is on toast. I’ll toast a slice of sourdough or whole grain bread in the morning, scoop out a dollop of ghee and let it melt, and have that for breakfast. It feels indulgent, but it’s so good for you. Or, I use ghee in my coffee in lieu of creamer. It gives coffee that rich, slightly-sweet flavor I crave — with the added bonus of improving my digestion.
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How To Use Ghee In Your Beauty Routine
Sure, slathering butter on your face might not sound like the best beauty move — but clarified butter? That makes all the difference. Since it’s full of healthy fats, ghee is one of the most moisturizing skincare ingredients in existence. It makes a great eye makeup remover (it’ll dissolve stubborn mascara like that, without irritating sensitive eyes), and even works as a natural facial massage oil in conjunction with a Kansa wand.
Often, I find myself using plain ghee as a face mask. I apply a thin layer all over my cheeks, chin, and forehead and wait 20 minutes.Then, I wipe away the ghee with a muslin cloth and splash my face with water about 10 times to get rid of the excess oil. The result? No more dry flakes and plumper, younger-looking skin. Ghee is especially soothing for those dealing with chronic skin conditions, like dermatitis and eczema.
Once again, Ayurveda proves that health — whether it’s digestive health or skin health — doesn’t have to be complicated.