Ghritam, also known as ghee, is the best choice for internal oleation due to its qualities of oiliness which nourishes and moistens our bodies.
Ghee has a unique ability to carry the qualities of the herbs into the consumer’s body without losing its own important qualities, which are cooling, unctuous, penetrating and soothing. When ghee is processed with nourishing herbs, it supports the healing of degenerative disorders. When ghee is processed with warm, sharp herbs, it is healing for obstructive disorders.
Ghee pacifies vata due to snigdha guna (unctuous quality), pitta due to madhura guna (sweet quality) and sita guna (cold quality). It also strengthens shukra (reproductive organs) and ojas (life force). [Ca. Ni. 1/39]
People with vata-pitta constitution, vata-pitta disorders, loss of eyesight, debilitation, recovering from illness, elderly, children, women, and people desiring long healthy life, good strength, complexion, voice, nourishment, healthy children, good vitality, memory, intelligence, digestive strength, and strong sense organs should take ghritam, as well those suffering from burns, injuries or adverse reactions to bug bites, plants or foods. [Ca. Su. 13/41-43]
If you have not undergone a purification process, such as panchakarma, it is best to not take ghritam, as it won’t be as helpful. You should also not take a ghritam if you are overweight and/or kapha is excessive. Vomiting, diarrhea, frequent indigestion, excessive thirst, fainting spells, pregnancy, chronic dry throat and aversion to food and nausea are also contraindications.
Also avoid ghritam if: you have a thick tongue coating from toxin buildup in the stomach; if you have been exposed to poison or if you are in a weak or exhausted state and if you are drinking alcohol or during nasya or basti therapies.
Internal oleation using ghritam in the above situations may worsen the condition. [Ca. Su. 13/53-56]
We offer 19 different healing ghritams that are supportive of a variety of different issue. Below we go through eight of our most popular ghritams. Please consult with your Ayurvedic practitioner if you wonder which ghritam is right for you. (Contact us if you would like to be connected with an Ayurvedic professional.)
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Vata is the force that drives and motivates all movement in the body. It is responsible for all input and output of sensory and motor functions. Vata controls the functions of the mind, sense organs, and the higher process of thought and emotion.
The other two dosas pitta and kapha are dependent on vata for normal or abnormal movement.