Have you ever wondered: What is ghee used for?  Full Moon Ghee can be used in a variety of ways — learn about them below 

To make ghee, one takes butter and heats it up to remove milk proteins and water. Ghee is the nutrient-rich butterfat that is separated out from the heated butter.

What makes ghee so interesting is that it can be used in a myriad of ways. Have you ever wondered what is ghee used for?

What is ghee used for? A substitution for many cooking oils

Ghee can be used as a substitution for many cooking oils including coconut oil, vegetable oil, or palm oil.

Ghee is a saturated fat that is stable for cooking. Some oils, like sunflower or safflower, are polyunsaturated fats, making them unstable for cooking. Ghee is great to cook and sauté with because of its high heat-stability. Unstable oils will smoke quicker and at lower rates, and vegetable oil can even turn rancid if not used at the proper temperatures.

Consider using ghee to cook with if you want to an alternative oil that is stable and presents a delicious taste to your food.

Ghee is used for a diet with higher levels of some vitamins and nutrients

Ghee contains vitamins A, D, E and K, and because the vitamins in milk are primarily stored in the fat, ghee typically contains them in higher concentration than you would find in plain cow’s milk.

Vitamin A in ghee is particularly interesting because it’s fat soluble, meaning that it is useable to the body immediately. It can also be absorbed by the body properly because of ghee’s fatty acid cofactors that help the process along.

Vitamin K2 is found in ghee as well. This nutrient is not found in many foods and is extremely important in helping bones absorb calcium. Vitamin K2 is also fat soluble so ghee provides the same environment as it does with vitamin A.

Ghee is used for enhancing a variety of meals 

There are so many ways to use ghee with food, especially since ghee can be used as a replacement for butter or oils.

Here is just a small sampling of the ways you can be using ghee with your food:

  • On or in any type of baked good, like breads, muffins, scones, or bagels
  • On or used to cook any type of vegetables or mushrooms
  • Blended in coffee drinks
  • Sauteing meats or grains
  • Brushed onto fish before grilling or baking
  • Added to any stir fry or stew
  • Included as an ingredient in sauces, smoothies, and hot cereals

Ghee is used for skin and hair treatments, as well as in the eyes and nose 

Ghee’s healthful nature also applies externally. Ghee is great for the skin because of its fatty acids, which help induce hydration to cells. Ghee is used on dry or rough hair and skin to help moisturize and deeply condition. Using ghee in the nose in the form of nasal drops is called Nasaya treatment and can help with conditions ranging from migraines and tension headaches to hearing and vision problems. Using ghee in the eyes, Netra Basti, cleanses and relaxes eyes, and helps tear ducts.

Ghee has anti-inflammatory properties both internally and externally. This has allowed for relief when used on burns, cuts, scraps, rashes, wounds, acne, or any other type of burning sensation experienced on the skin.

Buy a jar of ghee from us so you can try using it in different ways! 

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