I use Ghee in a few of my recipes: Ayurvedic Herbal Shampoo Bar + Manjistha. It’s really good on popcorn, too! It was time to reorder so I searched the internet for the best quality I could buy. I stumbled across Ancient Organics‘ Organic Ghee from Grass-Fed Cows + made my purchase.
What is Ghee?
In India, ghee is a sacred + celebrated symbol of auspiciousness, nourishment + healing; especially in the daily rituals of cooking + worship.
Ghee, the very essence of butter, is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits + medicinal qualities and is the end result of a long, slow, careful clarification process that removes all the moisture, milk solids + impurities from butter. The purity of ghee allows it to be deep penetrating + nourishing as it passes through the lipid membranes of cells.
It is comprised of full spectrum short, medium + long chain fatty acids, both unsaturated + saturated. Ghee contains Omega 3 + Omega 9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee made from organic butter of pastured cows is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). 9 phenolic anti-oxidants, as well as numerous other minerals are present in ghee . . . which makes it great for skin, right?
Ghee has been used for centuries as a digestive + elimination aid, for energy, sexual vitality, eye + skin health, as a lubricant for the joints + for alkalizing the blood.
I wanted to see what other ways I could use this beautiful ingredient in cosmetics so I went to the internet to research how stable ghee was in a body butter.
While I didn’t find a body butter recipe, I found a recipe for 100 Times Washed Ghee. Ghee in this manner was said to be loaded with skin benefits, which intrigued me. I wanted to try it.
100 Times Washed Ghee is considered a moisturizer . . .
not a body butter.
This fine nourishing cream is designed to reach all seven layers of the skin leaving it smooth, nourished + moisturized. It does not block pores or leave a heavy oily feeling on the skin unlike certain facial oils. It’s absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving a heavy or greasy residue. As its name indicates, the cream is simply made by washing ghee 100x with cool purified water (I used filtered water). Ghee is the most refined end product of milk + is highly prized in the science of Ayurveda for its many purposes + benefits. It is an excellent anti-aging complex that heals the complexion, softens scars, combats sun spots, treats acne, nourishes wrinkles + heals burns. It is also said to remove dark under-eye circles.
Ghee has a very distinct fragrance, my daughter says it smells like a freshly-made grilled cheese sandwich (I’m guessing she’s talking about when the pure butter hits the hot griddle). As the ghee is washed, the fragrance diminishes.
While I found many recipes on washed ghee, I didn’t find anything on why washing 100 times was necessary or whether or not the benefits were there without washing the ghee. I’m always up to making uncommon skin care. And, to stay a few steps ahead of the game + take the road less traveled, I decided to make it.
All of the authentic Ayurveda recipes called for washing the ghee in a copper bowl . . . so I had to get a copper bowl, right? Right!
I took 1 cup of ghee + melted it in the microwave (I didn’t make it too hot, just melted). Then poured it into my new copper bowl. I used a hand mixer, next time I’ll try an egg beater (aww, probably not).
Then I added 1 cup of cool filtered water to the melted ghee in the copper bowl + beat it for 3 to 5 minutes with an electric hand mixer on the lowest speed. Then you pour off the water + repeat 99 times. In Ayurveda, it is advised to repeat the procedure for 100 times while reciting mantras. But in practice, it is usually done for 20 – 30 times. Every recipe I came across mentioned washing the ghee 100 times but 25 times seemed to be the magic number for all. My personal goal was to wash the ghee 100 times!
The picture above was the ghee after the 25th wash. The color was softening into a light yellow after every wash + the ghee was becoming airy + creamy. I started off with prayer + reciting scripture . . . but this process was trial of my patience + boy was it wearing thin! But I had to keep going . . . if the norm was 25 washes, I had to do at least 50 washes. So I took a breath + resumed. Somewhere along the line I stopped praying + reciting scripture + turned on the TV. Those practicing Ayurveda must be really, really patient. I see the need for prayer + seeking the face of God while washing ghee . . . cause it is trying.
The 50th Wash . . . it’s getting rougher + rougher with every wash. I’ll take a break + come back after washing the Food Network.
I washed the ghee 75 times . . . IT TOOK 6 HOURS!!!
After the last wash you have to remove as much water from the ghee as you can. I tried to strain it . . . but it didn’t work. So I beat it with a spatula which helped separate the water, then I drained the excess water. I did this for about 15 minutes . . .
Next time (and there will be a next time) I’ll mentally prepare myself to wash the ghee 100 times. I believe the purpose of washing ghee is to refine it.
Below is the comparison of the original ghee + the ghee after washing it 75 times.
My washed ghee didn’t look like the pictures I saw; in many, the ghee was thinner + looked creamier. I don’t know if the copper bowl made the difference, or the electric blender instead of the manual egg beater, but I’m happy with the results . . . it’s actually light + airy.
I was inspired to make an eye cream by adding raw honey + green tea extract to a little of the washed ghee. I will probably have to mix well, then strain the honey + extract.
This was the messiest + most time consuming recipe I’ve ever undertaken; it’s not for the faint-of-heart or the impatient! Oil + water don’t mix so the water stayed separated from the ghee + splashed all over the place . . . I mean all over the place! I had to put bath towels on the floor + table and everything was still drenched.
Well, that was my adventure making 100X Washed Ghee + an adventure it was.
That’s all for now.
Helping to keep you exfoliated, hydrated, moisturized + with an even complexion.