In Ayurveda, Ghruta is practically considered liquid gold. It has such a far-reaching range of uses and benefits that it’s considered one of the most widely-used and versatile substances in the whole of Ayurveda.
Because of its many different applications, Ghruta can actually be useful during all of the different seasons of the year. In this article, I’ll explain just how Ghruta can be helpful depending on the season.
Ghruta in Winter
Winter is perhaps the most obvious season to use Ghruta. Many of the qualities of Ghruta – sweet, heavy soothing – can directly combat the crisp winter chill.
Ghruta can be used internally and externally to moisturize and help fight off the dry, cracked skin that many people experience during winter.
The fat content in Ghruta can also help us to maintain our weight – and our overall health.
Ghruta in Summer
One might suspect that a person’s agni increases during summer. If the movement of agni mirrors the sun (agni is highest at noon, when the sun is highest, and lowest after the sun goes down) then shouldn’t it be highest in summer?
According to Ayurveda, the opposite is true. Agni is highest during winter, when the body draws heat deeper into the body.
Many people will notice that they feel less hungry during summer. This isn’t necessarily due to an increase in exciting activities taking the focus off our hunger – it’s because our agni is much less intense during these months.
Ghruta is fantastic for helping to stimulate agni, and can be immensely useful for helping to boost digestion during summer.
Ghruta in Spring
Spring is the season that sees the cold winds of winter give way to the heat of summer. Ghruta can be useful during spring for several reasons.
The first several weeks of spring are still generally quite cold, so Ghruta’s warming properties are beneficial during these weeks.
Ghruta has also been said to help fight off allergies and spring fever. One popular method is to apply ghruta onto the skin around the eyes to prevent itching. A Ghruta nasal rinse can also help to flush toxins and excess mucus out of the nasal cavities.
Ghruta in Autumn
During autumn, the heat of summer fades and gives way to the chills of winter. There are several reasons that you might want to use Ghruta during this season.
As autumn progresses, people of the Vata dosha may find themselves becoming increasingly aggravated. Ghruta is one of the best substances to help prevent imbalances of Vata.
Light and cooling foods are generally discouraged during this time, but cooking these foods with a heavy fat like Ghruta can help restore balance if you still want to eat these foods.
Ghruta is one of the most versatile substances in Ayurveda, and it has a number of uses for all seasons. Learning to use Ghruta properly can greatly improve your seasonal transitions.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)