Ghruta ghee, which is also known as Ghrta and Ghrita, is cultured A2 ghee from free-range, grass-fed Indian Gir cows that's been handcrafted according to ancient traditions. This special type of ghee is an incredibly important and revered ingredient in the Ayurvedic system of medicine and has been used for thousands of years for its vast health benefits.

Read on to learn more about Ghruta, how it differs from ghee, its benefits and uses, frequently asked questions, and where to buy it.

Origin

The term Ghruta originates from the Sanskrit word ghrta, which means 'clarified lipid,' or 'clarified fat.' In esoteric language, the 'clarity' of Ghruta actually refers to 'illumination,' such as that which can be provided by consuming sustenance from holy Indian cows.

Formula

Traditional ghee and Ghruta is prepared using a multi-step, hand-crafted process that has been used traditionally in Ayurveda for millennia. The creation of Ghruta begins with free-range Indian Gir cows, whose prominent hump harnesses solar energy, illuminating the organs and fluids with gold-bearing rays. Once the cows give cues to their handlers, the golden milk is (kshira) drawn. Over the following week, the kshira is cultured (dadhi) and separated, at which point the butter (navnita) is further cultured, simmered and separated to create Ghruta (clarified lipid). The result is a nutrient-rich ancient food with Ayurvedic properties that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit.

Ghruta vs. Ghee

Many people are quick to use the terms 'ghee' and 'Ghruta' synonymously, but these substances are very different. Both are clarified lipids, but Ghruta begins with cultured milk and has a more intensive production process. Ghruta is also made from Indian Gir cows, which are quite a bit different from the Jersey cows that produce much of the world's ghee. Physically, Gir cows produce a much easier-digested form of dairy known as A2 milk; spiritually, they are revered as sacred vessels for the energy of the sun. Though they may share a lot of the same properties, Ghruta is generally a more complete, healthier, and pure substance than ghee.

Ghruta Health Benefits

One of the most powerful health benefits of Ghruta is its ability to enhance the body's agni. Agni is often referred to as the digestive fire. It's involved in metabolizing all substances that come into the body - not just nutrients from food, but prana from the air we breathe and the sunlight that we absorb. Those with strong agni are able to assimilate more life force and prana, ensuring good health and vitality. In addition, Ghruta builds ojas, which is the subtle essence that gives tissues strength and endurance. Ojas is one of the most important energetic substances in the human body because it influences all aspects of health and well-being. It's responsible for our vitality, vigor and virility, and improves the function of all bodily systems. Some of the ways Ghruta improves health with regular consumption include:

  • Boosting immunity
  • Aiding detoxification
  • Nourishing and treating the nervous system
  • Enhancing reproductive health
  • Fostering cardiovascular health
  • Strengthening bones and joints
  • Supporting hormonal health
  • Improving cognitive function and brain health
  • Nourishing the skin, hair and nails

Ghee is especially beneficial for babies, kids, vata-dominant constitutions, and the elderly.

Uses for Ghruta

In addition to its general health benefits, Ghruta has a number of other important uses. In fact, Ayurveda has roughly 1,001 uses for ghee, both internally and externally! It's so beneficial that even some vegans choose to consume it, although it's not strictly vegan. Similarly, some people with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance can incorporate Ghruta into their lives, since it contains little to no lactose.

Most importantly, it's the most widely-used substance for the preparation of Ayurvedic medicine. It's considered an anupan, or carrier substance, as it possesses an incredible ability to help draw the medicinal properties of herbs deeper into the body. Ghruta is also useful for:

Ayurveda also recommends putting Ghruta in the belly button and even on your feet!

How much Ghruta should I have?

The serving size of Ghruta depends on your use for it:

  • For general health and wellness, simply take 1 teaspoon in the morning and/or evening with warm water or on an empty stomach. Using Ghruta in the morning will soothe the nerves. Using it before bed can encourage restful sleep.
  • If you‚Äôre using Ghruta to boost your agni so that you can better digest and absorb nutrients, it‚Äôs wise to consume 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Ghruta on an empty stomach 15 to 30 minutes before meals.
  • For cooking, replace your butters with Ghruta, which has a¬†high smoke point and¬†tastes similar¬†to butter but is a bit sweeter. You can use Ghruta as a cooking fat, spread, or dressing, or add it¬†to coffee, tea, smoothies, or soups.
  • To use Ghruta as an anupan for medicinal formulas or for detoxification, it's best to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner.

Where should I buy Ghruta?

Whether you're shopping for Ghruta online or in person, you should always confirm that it's authentic and high-quality. Genuine Ghruta should be made from cows that are:

  • Hormone-free and antibiotic-free cows - Pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics contribute to ama build up, which can decrease the effectiveness and purity of a substance.
  • Of the Indian Gir cow breed - Gir cows are believed to be capable of harnessing the illuminating energy of the sun. They also produce easier to digest proteins than Jersey cows, which produce much of the world's dairy and ghee.
  • Grass-fed or pasture-raised - Cows which have not been grass-fed and pasture-raised will have fewer nutrients and an inferior composition of fatty acids.
  • Ethically treated - In Ayurveda, the quality of ingredients are not just evaluated by their chemical composition, but also by their energetic nature. Ingredients that are fresh, organic, and cultivated with integrity will have higher life force. Therefore, you want to be sure that you buy Ghruta from ahimsa (non-violent) farms in which the cows are milked by free will and not by force.

Ghruta should also always be packaged in glass jars for maximum freshness and purity. Lastly, high-quality Ghruta should be made according to Ayurveda traditions to ensure maximum potency.

You can find authentic, hand-crafted, Indian-made Ghruta ghee in the PIOR Living online shop.

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