Winter is around the corner and the preparations for the season have begun in full swing. It’s time to pull out our coziest quilts and blankets! Our kitchens too are ready for a new menu. Summer vegetables will be swapped for winter greens like spinach, methi, and mathua. Additionally, coolers will be swapped for warm concoctions like hot chocolate! Amongst all this, a winter staple, i.e. ghee will feature as an ingredient in almost every winter dish or dessert. Ghee has been an Ayurvedic favorite to treat a variety of winter woes. Why should you consume ghee this winter season? Let’s find out!
1. Helps Keep you warm from Within: According to Ayurvedic tradition, the variants of Indian ingredients are warm, cool and neutral in nature. Ghee is said to be a warm food and is one of the best things to keep in your pantry this winter season. You can add it to your sabzis or garnish your roti/rice with it. Merely a sprinkle is enough to keep you healthy and hearty! Furthermore, it adds a punch of flavor to your lunch or dinner.
2. It is a Good Source of Energy: A change of season often makes you feel sluggish. During winters, you are not your most active. According to ‘Healing Foods’, a book by DK Publishing House, ghee is a good source of energy. It contains medium and short-chain fatty acids, “of which, lauric acid is a potent antimicrobial and anti-fungal substance.” You can make delicious ladoos or panjiri with ghee and dry fruits and have it early in the morning for that much-needed energy boost.
3. Soothes Colds and Clears Clogged noses: Colds, coughs and mucous-filled noses are one of the downsides of winter. Ayurveda has a unique nasal drop remedy that may help soothe a clogged nose. Ayurvedic experts call it the Nyasa treatment for colds and it involves pouring a few drops of warm, desi (cow ghee) into your nostrils. It is important to make sure that the ghee is pure and warmed to lukewarm temperatures, for the remedy to take effect. Consult an Ayurvedic expert before you start the actual treatment to ensure best results.
4. It is great for Skin: Ghee is loaded with vital fatty acids that can help nourish dull and dry skin. Furthermore, it helps to hydrate skin cells. Here’s a little recipe for a homemade face pack to restore shine to your face this winter: mix 2tbsps of ghee, 2 tbsps of haldi and a dash of water to a bowl. Stir the mixture thoroughly. Make sure the mixture is firm and apply the paste to your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water for best results. Above you have a simple solution for glamorous skin!
5. Keeps Constipation at Bay: From greasy fries, burgers, and pastries, our winter cravings have no boundaries. These foods often take a toll on our digestion. According to ‘The Complete Book of Home Remedies’, by Dr.Vasant Lad, milk and ghee are good remedies for constipation. “Taking 1 or 2 tbsps of ghee in a cup of warm milk, before going to sleep will relieve you of your constipation.
Include ghee in our daily diet and see the effect for yourself! Visit Partham Foods to buy ghee online and choose from a range of handmade nutritious cow ghee & buffalo ghee. Stay healthy and have a ball this winter!