Over the years, visiting Indian Vaidyas (Ayurvedic doctors) have asked how we make our ghee. I tell them that we simply boil organic butter until the water has been driven out, then strain away the milk solids through a muslin cloth to obtain pure butter oil, or ghee. They would smile indulgently and then invariably tell us how it should really be made — a long and involved process, which starts with curdling organic full cream milk; that we have tried several times with limited success.
What makes Gir Cow milk so special
Gir cow milk is high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and beneficial fats which together helps to balance blood pressure. It is rich in amino-acids and has high levels of antioxidants and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an acid that lowers bad cholesterol and thus improves overall heart health. Gir cow milk also contains A2 protein, which is easier to digest than the A1 milk protein most Western cows produce (A2 milk protein is said to be more compatable with our human digestive system).
The wide variety of benificial nutrients found in Gir cow milk though, has to come from their diet. They need to graze on a wide variety of grasses and field herbs and that is what the organic Kesariya farm provides them.
One Vaidya pointed out that India has abundant sunshine thoughout the year and Gir cows are mostly kept outdoors all year around. As a result, the quality of the sun is very high in the milk they produce, when compare to milk from Northern Europe cows. This sun influence seems to produces ghee that is easier to digest.
The Kesariya Farm
The Kesariya Farm, near the Maauli Hills in Maharashtra, make the promise that their Gir cows spend their lives close to their nature environment. Their cows also get the right care and nutrition, and in turn give back the best quality milk.
We give our best to keep our cows happy and healthy. — Kesariya Farm
What’s good for us humans — fresh air, sunshine, exercise, eating right — is also good for cows. Kesariya Farm cows feed off lush nutritious organic grasses and herbs every day in acres of open pastures. They freely walk around and rest under the forest trees in healthy fresh air.
Healthy pastures and happy cows lead to a more healthful nutrition of A2 protein, vitamins, minerals and the right balance of essential fatty acids.
Organic Vedic Ghee from Kesariya Farm
- Pesticide and chemical-free organic ghee from Gir cows that have been reared outdoors in a natural organic system
- Naturally reared healthy cows that feed daily on a wide variety of grasses and herbs
- Ghee that has a health-promoting balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
- Ghee made the traditional way, from hand-churned full-fat Gir cow A2 milk
- Ghee that is easy to digest, organic, lactose-free and non-GMO.
Immunity boost: Vitamins found in Gir Ghee, such as A2, E, D, and Omega 3, help support the body’s immune response to external pathogens.
Healthy bones: India has high amounts of sunshine throughout the year and Vitamin D present in Desi Ghee is said to promote bone health and overall physical development.
Easy to digest: Fats of all kinds are essential for the healthy function of each of our cells and Gir Ghee is one of the easiest of fats to digest.
Improves digestion: The butyric acid in Gir Ghee assists digestion and promotes anti-inflammatory processes in the body.
Reducion in inflammation: Research shows that the butyrate present in ghee can soothe inflammation within the body.
Weight loss: Ghee is also a significant source of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, a popular weight loss supplement.
Eye health: Ghee acts as a cooling oil to address the imbalances of Pitta organs, such as the eyes. It also aids in nourishing dry or fatigued eyes. Gir Ghee is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids that help maintain optimal eye health.
Netra Tarpana: Ayurvedic eye remedy
Gir Ghee is traditionally used in Ayurveda to help maintain optimal eye health and to treat eyesight problems. The Ayurvedic eye treatment called Netra Tarpana, involves a ghee eye bath to naturally promote your eye health. When you come to our Maharishi AyurVeda centre for this treatment, a leak-free dam is created around the eyes with urad flour dough. Ghee is then poured over the eyes and kept in place for an extended period of time.
You can give yourself a similar treatment at home (though make sure all the equipment you use, such as pots to warm the ghee, spoons and eye cups, are free from bacteria by cleaning then in very hot to boiling water).
- First purchase a couple of eye cups
- Warm the ghee to about body temperature (so it feels neither warm or cold to the touch)
- Make sure you can easily lay back on a large folded towel and keep a smaller towel to hand for when you sit back up
- Fill the eye cups with the ghee and press the eye cups securely onto each eye
- Lay your head back down onto the folder towel
- Open your eyes and hold the cups firmly in position for 2-5 minutes
- Keep blinking and looking around to allow the ghee to cover every part of your eyes
- When you are ready sit back up, carefully making sure the ghee does no leak out
- Then remove the eye cup and wipe your eyes with the towel
- Lastly, you may like to wash your eyes with luke-warm water.
Repeating this Ayurvedic process 3-4 times a week for 2-3 weeks helps counteract Vata imbalances (such as dry eyes) and Pitta imbalances (such as itchy or inflamed eyes).
It is important to use fresh ghee every time, as harmful bacteria can cause damage to your eyes.