Cows are considered sacred in India. Till today, millions of households receive fresh cow milk from their local dairy farm every morning. A cupful of raw milk is stored separately to be used for cleansing the face throughout the day and the rest of it is boiled to make it fit for dietary consumption. When the boiled milk cools down, the cream floating on top is collected and stored in the fridge. This is done everyday for a month till an abundant amount of cream is collected. Then a spoonful of yoghurt is mixed into this collected cream along with some chilled water and it’s whisked till all the milky mass separates from the water. This milky mass floating on top is called butter and the separated water is called buttermilk. The butter is then heated till the milky mass separates from the fat. This fat is called clarified butter or ghee.
A lot of people think that ghee makes us fat and increases cholesterol but, in reality, ghee is lipolytic in nature which means it actually breaks down fat and mobilizes this fat away from those areas of our body that gain fat easily (our tummy for example). Similarly, it doesn’t increase cholesterol but, lowers it. Drinking alcohol sends our liver into stress mode and that’s the kind of thing that increases cholesterol. Whereas ghee de-stresses all the organs of our body, including our skin (hello antioxidant and skin strengthening vitamins A, E & D)!
There can be no human who cannot benefit from ghee. There’s just one problem. It doesn’t penetrate much during external application on our skin and scalp and that’s where ‘washed ghee’ comes in.
Yes! We know it seems strange. I mean ghee isn’t an apple or a t-shirt that can be washed. Its ghee! But, apparently Ayurveda didn’t think so. That’s why hundreds of years ago, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine designed a mechanism to convert this heavy yellow fat that sits on top our skin just like other fats, into a light and satiny fluff that can penetrate all the 7 layers of the skin! And, this resultant fluffy cream was named Shata-Dhauta-Ghrita in Sanskrit. Shata means ‘hundred’, dhauta means ‘washed’ and ghrita means ‘ghee’, because it took a total of hundred washings to make ghee light enough to be used as a base for medicinal ointments made by those practitioners.
This base was and is still being used by the current practitioners to treat various skin ailments including burn wounds and scars because washed ghee cools down and soothes our skin instantly! Additionally, different additives and herbs are used to enhance it according to the requirement of our skin, like turmeric for brightening the complexion or bhringraj for strengthening hair follicles, for example.
So, what are we waiting for! Let’s learn how to wash ghee at home!
Things we’ll need:
- 100 grams ghee
- 10 liters of clean water
- 1 pure copper bowl which is big enough to accommodate triple the quantity of ghee you are washing (to avoid spilling because there will be lots and lots of spilling)
- 1 pure copper whisk or your own hands!
- Clean the bowl, whisk, and, every other utensil you’ll need, thoroughly.
- Place the entire 100 gram ghee in the copper bowl and, add 100 ml water into it.
- Mix the contents of the bowl so that it seems like all the particles of the ghee are getting a chance to come in contact with all the particles of water. If you’re using a whisk, whisk like its cake batter. If you’re using your hands, it should look like you’re kneading dough.
- Since oil and water don’t mix, the layers of ghee and water will separate once you stop mixing. Carefully tilt the copper bowl to pour out the layer of water. Make sure the ghee isn’t pouring out along with it.
- Now, add fresh 100 ml of water into the ghee and, repeat this process 99 more times.
- After the 100th wash, you’ll be left with a white and fluffy cream that seems to vanish into your skin. This is the magical washed ghee!
- Pour this cream into a clean air-tight container, store it in the refrigerator and, use it within 4-6 months.
What just happened?
The copper reacted with the ghee which forced it to separate the grease from itself and, we kept pouring out the grease whenever we poured out the water. This is how the ghee became white and light! And, that’s why we use copper instead of any other metal. To watch the entire process live, you can see this video right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7KE9_Yzhmo&t=37s
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