Full Moon Ghee

ayurveda medicinal food one habit to thrive recipes vata Oct 11, 2022

Tonight is the Full Hunter's Moon, which means it's time to make Full Moon Ghee!!

In Ayurveda, it is said that making ghee on the full moon infuses the ghee with soma, or the nectar of immortality. It makes it us more vibrant and glowing. Making ghee on the full moon can be a beautiful monthly ritual.

Here is a recipe if you are new to the process of making ghee (an amazing medicinal food that can be used in baking and cooking of all kinds, or added to food for more inner lubrication and gut healing).

Ghee Recipe

Place 1 lb. organic, unsalted butter in a pot and melt it, using low heat.
Boil on very low heat for 20-30 minutes. You will notice the milk solids separating into foam on top and sinking to the bottom.
Simmer until the foam clears out and you see a pot of golden ghee through patches of condensed foam.
Let cool for 20-35 minutes
Pour through a strainer lined with cheesecloth into a pint jar.
Discard the milk solids that have separated.
Let cool and leave out of the refrigerator (ghee is shelf stable) but always use a clean utensil so that it doesn’t get contaminated (which leads to molding).

Ghee has a full spectrum of short, medium and long chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. It is naturally lactose and casein free and is a rich source of Omega 3 & 9 essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins such as E, A, D, and K.

When we cook food in ghee it enhances the flavor of food and spices, improves agni (digestive fire), and increases the absorption of nutrients. Ghee alleviates vata and pitta doshas and supports immunity by enhancing and protecting ojas (the vital life sap or refined essence of all bodily tissues). It also helps to nourish the mind and nervous system. Ghee is also considered sattvic, or pure and clear, and can be added to foods with full/dense qualities to help balance them. 

May you be blessed with soma on this Hunter's Moon!


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