Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Ghee Mean?

Originating in ancient India, ghee is a type of clarified butter in which impurities and water have been removed through the simmering of the butter until the curds separate. Ghee is considered a sattvic food and is used in Ayurvedic medicine, cooking and even some religious rituals.

Yogis may wish to use ghee as their primary source of fat due to its sattvic qualities and health benefits. Some yogis also believe it promotes flexibility by lubricating connective muscle tissue.


Yogapedia Explains Ghee

The process to make traditional ghee includes cooking down the butter to caramelize the fat, giving it a unique taste. In Ayurvedic medicine, traditional ghee is made with raw milk and Indian yogurt cultures.

Within a yoga and Ayurvedic health practice, ghee is thought to be the most beneficial fat to cook with and is even used to heal ailments relating to issues such as digestion, muscle and joint health, blood alkalization, and eye and skin health.

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