Why Ghee Massages Are Good For You
While there are countless health benefits of ghee as part of our diet, ghee also has amazing benefits for our skin and for pain. I was introduced to ghee as massage oil at the Ayurvedic hospital in Gujarat. It was actually Panchgavya ghee (a mix of desi cow ghee, curd, milk, urine and gobar). This ghee had significant healing qualities.
Our body absorbs approximately 60% of what we coat on our skin. It’s no wonder than the richness of ghee is felt when doing a massage given that it strengthens and nourishes our body. Unlike other oils that require deep penetration into the skin, ghee is actually considered the ideal substance for massaging oneself.
From newborns to end of life, ghee provides a level of soothing and comfort that cannot be replicated by other oils. It cleanses our systems from the outside in and also permits hydration throughout the body, making us that less likely to fall ill or recover that much quicken if we do get sick.
Massaging the bottom of your feet with ghee and a copper bowl was one of the tricks I learned at the hospital. I was shocked to see my feet turn pitch black but despite the ridiculously hot and humid weather, I felt my body cooling down instantly. It was almost as though that the ghee was literally ridding my body of the toxins that had built up heat in my system, putting my off my routine and balance.
While I’d highly recommend desi cow ghee compared to others, overall ghee offers similar benefits. But having used variety of ghees over the years, nothing compares to pure desi cow ghee when it comes for consumption in our meals or as the ghee of choice for massages.
Amit Vaidya is the best-selling author of the memoir Holy Cancer and the upcoming Food Is Medicine cookbook series. He is the in-house health & wellness expert for Kapiva Ayurveda, advocating for the empowerment of all individuals to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. He chronicles his life on Instagram under the handle @live4todayamit.