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Medicated ghee is an Ayurvedic preparation. Medicated ghees has its origins from India. It is made from clarified butter with added herbs; some cultures use cultured or raw butter. Butter can be a very beneficial way to use and introduce and use herbs. Ghee has therapeutic characteristics, even when used as a simple food ingredient. When used with herbs, it helps them reach the tissues or organs of their destination.
Ghee is prepared by heating a pound of unsalted butter on a low flame for 10-15 minutes. The butter begins to boil, the heat should be reduced to low. Soon after, the butter will turn a golden yellow and start to smell almost like popcorn. The ghee is ready when a drop or two of water dropped into it. This will produce a crackling sound. This signifies that all the liquid has evaporated from the milk solids. Allow it to cool slightly, then strain it and then pour it into a container. Ghee doesn’t go rancid at room temperature. Shelf life is six months. You can also purchase ghee at many grocery or health food stores.
To prepare medicated ghee, prepare a double-strength herbal decoction. Add this to half the amount of ghee, pour, and mix slowly and thoroughly. The standard dosage is 1 tsp.
To Infuse- Heat the ghee on low. Add the herbs and keep on medium heat for 20 minutes, very low heat, and infuse for at least 2 hours.
Some popular herbs to add to the ghee are garlic, lavender, licorice, ashwagandha, turmeric, shatavari, ginger, or peppers, you can use bitter herbs or culinary herbs.
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