Ayurvedic Ghee Recipe
Have you had ghee? This golden elixir is one of the purest and most beneficial tonics according to Ayurveda. Ghee can be used as a substitute for butter in almost everything, it can be used for skincare, and is even supportive for brand new babies. Ghee has been used for thousands of years for food and medicine.
This buttery, nutty tonic may just become your new favorite food.
Here is a simple step-by-step recipe for making ghee.
1 lb of organic cultured butter from grass-fed or A2 cows
Place the butter in a heavy-bottomed stainless steel pot.
Bring to a gentle simmer. Do not stir.
You will see the milk solids begin to separate and a thin foam begin to form on top. They will eventually drop to the bottom of the pan.
Now you will want to watch the ghee and listen to the way it crackles.
When the crackling sound stops and the ghee is a beautiful golden color with milk solids on the bottom of the pot and very little to none floating, your ghee is done.
Remove from the heat and let cool.
Strain into a sterilized mason jar with cheesecloth or coffee filters.
The whole process can take from 1-3 hours depending on your altitude.
Things To Note:
– Ghee has a super stable shelf life.
– Ghee has a high smoke point. At about 450 degrees, ghee can be used for most cooking and baking projects.
– Most people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate ghee.
– Ghee is wonderful as an anti-inflammatory and aids the digestive process.
– Ghee. is a natural source of butyric acid which promotes good gut bacteria and helps your body assimilate nutrients.
– Ghee is keto-friendly.
Did your ghee burn? Did it turn brown and a little crispy? Don’t throw away your burned ghee. Strain off the browned milk solids and you will have a wonderful nutty flavored treat. Use it in rice, in desserts, and on toast. It may even help your kids love broccoli.
This paper examines the role of yoga therapy in comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM). The pain crisis is described, and how yoga therapists can contribute to its solution is explained. Yoga therapy can be an essential component of the multidisciplinary undertaking that will be required to improve patient outcomes and alter the trajectory of the global public health crisis constituted by an epidemic of poorly understood and inadequately addressed pain. Additional context and evidence are presented to document the effectiveness of yoga therapy interventions to support people living with pain. The white paper concludes by listing recommendations to providers, consumers, payers, and legislators, who together can address systemic and structural barriers to CIPM, as well as suggestions for enabling the yoga therapy profession to more fully participate in these solutions.
How Can Yoga Help?
This is a great read for those wondering how Yoga Therapy can help with pain relief. I’ve found anecdotally, that Yoga Therapy is one of the best tools for managing both acute and chronic pain. Through movement, breath, mindful awareness and compassion training, we can bring about great ease in our body and mind. Here is a free guide to pain.
If you’d like to go deeper, this free training is geared towards Yoga Therapy for back pain and spinal health.
Drop me a note and let me know how this lands for you.
We invite you to listen to Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) read one of his most famous poems. It reflects a deep insight into how we cannot separate ourselves from the world around us, even those who do harm.
Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow—
even today I am still arriving.
Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.
I am a mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.
I am a frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.
I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.
I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am also the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.
I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.
And I am the man who has to pay
his “debt of blood” to my people
dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.
My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion.
This is one of my specialties. As I sit here with my injured foot, I’m brought back into the ways I’ve used Yoga Therapy and other holistic techniques to heal from the innumerous soft tissue injuries I’ve had. I think this is my 8th time on crutches…but that’s a story for another time.
Today I want to share with you the 5 Key Things I do to recover from soft tissue injuries.
Medical Massage, Yoga Therapy, lots and lots of work with Physical Therapists both in nursing homes and in personal practice have gifted me the ability and the confidence to understand the body’s innate resilience and movement towards homeostasis.
Here are a few tips:
1. Throw the old adage RICE out the window. for soft tissue injuries. What the body actually needs is PEACE and LOVE.
P – protect 1-3 days after injury. Avoid activity and movement.
E – elevate the injured limb above the heart as much as possible.
A – avoid anti-inflammatories and ice. They reduce tissue healing.
C – compress. Use an ace bandage to reduce swelling
E – educate. Your body knows best. Avoid unnecessary treatments and let nature play its role.
L – load. Let pain guide your gradual return to normal activities.
O – optimism. Condition your brain for optimal recovery by being confident and positive.
V – vascularization. Choose pain-free cardiovascular activities to increase blood flow to repair tissues.
E – exercise. Restore mobility, strength, and proprioception by adding an active approach to recovery.
2. CARs or controlled articulate rotations are your friend
Use gentle exploration of the range of motion of the joint affected. Try making the letters of the alphabet. Add a resistance band as pain allows.
3. Isometric contraction helps pain and recovery
Contract the muscles of your injured limb without changing the length of the muscle. Isometric contraction is an analgesic that helps relieve pain. It is also a great way to work with injury to prevent stagnation and fluid buildup.
4. Massage is the best
Use gentle strokes along the injured area moving from the extremities towards the heart. Apply warm sesame oil and make circles on the joints and long strokes on the limbs. This will help move stuck or stagnant energy, give you the opportunity to send love to your body, and improve healing outcomes. If you are local to Point PLeasant, NJ, you can schedule a massage here.
5. Keep moving
All the non-injured parts still want to move even when you’re in the protect phase. See what mobility exercises you can do, try chair Yoga, Tai Chi or Qi Gong. Keep the energy flowing throughout your body so you can feel good.
Want to know more?
Check out my Yoga Therapy Mentorship where we talk about all things healing. Receive the support you need as you journey into the resilient, whole, complete and perfect being you are and help others do the same.
Dubois B, Esculier JF. Soft-tissue injuries simply need PEACE and LOVE. Br J Sports Med. 2020 Jan;54(2):72-73. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-101253. Epub 2019 Aug 3. PMID: 31377722.