Why Herbal Ghee?
The nourishing quality of ghee is intensified when it is infused with herbs that are also nourishing, and likewise, the nutritive effects of the herbs are increased when ghee is used as a carrier. As you may know, plain ghee has a delicious buttery flavor and a mildly sweet natural taste. Adding spices to ghee can make it even more tasty. Medicinal herbs, however, do not necessarily have those same qualities. Many of the herbs that are great for our bodies are not so pleasing to our taste buds.
In Ayurveda, there are six main tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. It is important to get all six tastes in one’s diet, and each taste has its own special effects. The sweet and salty tastes are very common in the typical North American diet. However, many of us tend to be lacking our fair share of the astringent and bitter tastes.
Healthful herbs such as Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Arjuna, and the blend Triphala tend to possess tinges of the bitter and astringent tastes. When you first try an herbal ghee such as Triphala ghee, you may find the taste surprising. It may be a bit more bitter and astringent than what you are used to. Yet, that unusual flavor is a great indication of all the wonderful work that the herbs are doing inside you. For instance, foods and herbs with the bitter and astringent tastes tend to have a cleansing, purifying effect on the body. The astringent taste also has the ability to firm and tone bodily tissues. So, although herbal ghees may take a little getting used to, rest assured these unusual tasting tonics have profound benefits for your body and mind!