Ayurvedic Massage with Ghee | Clarified Butter

Published: Aug 15, 2021 | Revised: Jan 24, 2024
Written by: Marce Ferreira

Ayurvedic Massage with Ghee | Clarified Butter

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Ghee is a type of clarified butter originating in ancient India. It’s widely used in Indian cuisine, in Ayurvedic Medicine, and in religious rituals.

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Traditionally, Ghee is made from cow milk, as cows are considered sacred in India. Nevertheless, Ghee can also be made from buffalo, goat, sheep, camel, elephant, or mare milk, and even of milk from women.

Ghee in Abhyanga Massage is typically used to balance Pitta and Vata Doshas. Although in essence Tridoshic, it can increase Kapha Dosha when used in excess. Ghee is generally considered beneficial for the entire body.

Ghee massage promotes vitality and rejuvenation, it stimulates memory, intelligence, and sexual vitality, regulates digestion, heightens the receptibility of sensory organs, benefits hair growth and heals skin conditions, supports wound, burns and fracture healing, and nourishes all Dhatus in the body.

Ghee can also be medicated, that is, a range of herbs can be added to it to treat a variety of diseases, discomforts, or other health conditions.

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