Ghee, or clarified butter, is a powerful, sacred remedy in the Ayurvedic tradition. Touted as "liquid gold," ghee is a sacred symbol of auspiciousness and is at the top of the oily foods list in Ayurveda. It helps loosen joints (lubricating the connective tissues that promote flexibility), boosts brainpower (healthy fats help with memory and cognitive function), and aids poor digestion (it increases the digestive fire and lines the intestines).
1 pound unsalted butter (preferably organic)
Notes: Ghee is also believed to enhance ‘ojas,’ or life force energy in Ayurveda. It is mostly used in the kitchen, but can also be used on the skin. It is a very sattvic or pure food and goes way back in ancient India as being used for purifying the mind, awakening intuition, and raising spiritual development.
Ghee is made by heating unsalted butter until it clarifies into its separate components: lactose (sugar), milk protein, and fat. Over a low flame, the moisture is removed, and the sugar and protein separate into curds that sink to the bottom and are later discarded.