“Shata dhauta ghrita”, also known as 100 washed ghee, is an ancient Ayurvedic preparation lauded for its skin healing benefits & defined by Ayurveda as a supreme skin elixir. This cooling, super light cream will leave your face feeling well moisturized and nourished. This preparation is by far the best face moisturizing cream you can easily make at home.This post may contain affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Please refer to my Privacy & Disclosures for further information.
When you think of ghee, most think of butter. The difference being, ghee is butter that has been clarified. Clarifying ghee is a simple process of cooking and straining the butter to remove the milk & water solids. I have been making ghee for many years due to its long list of health benefits. Keep an eye out for a tutorial on how to make your own organic ghee coming to the blog soon! Don’t want to make your own? Organic grass-fed ghee can be purchased HERE!
Ghee and it’s wide spectrum of health benefits, make it the perfect base for creating a light, odorless cream that penetrates deep within the skin’s layers. The process of making it traditionally is simple. Place the organic (no hormones or antibiotics) grass-fed (higher content of CLA, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, anti-inflammatory properties) ghee in a copper bowl and wash it 100 times with purified water while chanting mantras.
The resulting cream is somewhat like whipped cream. Light, airy, and almost odorless cream that left my skin feeling deeply moisturized without any oily residue. It makes an excellent anti-aging treatment that helps smooth wrinkles, fades sun spots, heals burns, and helps cool inflammatory issues such as rosacea, excema, and acne.
If you have read anything of mine before you are most likely aware that I really enjoy learning the what, how & why’s. Staying true to my voice, here goes with a little science behind the benefits.
WASHED GHEE – IT’S BEGINNINGS
Washed ghee starts as a lipid (fatty) emulsion. With each successive washing, the fat particles begin to split and the emulsion becomes more aqueous (water infused). According to a study in the Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, “Shata-dhauta-ghrita A Case Study:
Reduction in particle size makes the product non-granular, non-sticky, homogeneous, which makes it easy to apply on the skin and may result in increased rate of absorption through skin. – Deshpande, Tupkari, Agnihoptri
This fat splitting, according to the case study, is the process in which “fat is hydrolyzed in the presence of water to yield free fatty acids and glycerols”.
BENEFITS OF GHEE
Ghee is rich in a short fatty chain acid, butyrate, aka butyric acid. Butyric Acid has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. No wonder Ayurveda uses this rich source of butyrate for inflammatory issues such as rosacea, eczema, and acne!
Ghee is also full of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are known to improve the health of your skin. As one of the best sources for CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), giving your skin that added protection against external factors such as pollutants, sun, and stresses, ghee is the best option to use as a moisturizer base.
HOW TO MAKE 100 WASHED GHEE
Disclaimer. I could not wash the ghee 100 times. I did this by hand and let’s just say I got my upper body workout in for the day 🙂 This process was done 50 times and the result is still amazing. Next time, I will try it with my Kitchen Aid mixer and save some manpower energy.Shop Online at the Official Site of KitchenAid.com
You will need the following to make washed ghee. A copper bowl if available, and I highly recommend it, a spoon, purified water, and lots of elbow grease if you don’t already have a Kitchen Aid mixer.
Begin by placing your ghee into the (copper) bowl. The end result will be almost double what you begin with. I began with about 1/2 cup of ghee and then added the same amount of purified water.
Stir briskly at least 10 times clockwise and then 10 times counter-clockwise. I highly recommend doing this in your sink as there will be quite a bit of splashing that occurs. Drain the water and repeat, and repeat, and repeat 🙂
Below are pictures of progression in 10x washing increments. Notice how the ghee begins to emulsify and turn from a deep golden color to almost completely white.
HOW TO STORE
After you have completed your washing (love to see yours if you can reach 100 times!), transfer your cream into mason jars or container of your choice. The cream will last approximately three or more months. During the hot months, store in the refrigerator for an added cooling effect.
Give this cream a try! I guarantee you won’t be sorry. Be sure to stay up to date with all the “happenings here on the hill”, our once per month newsletter by subscribing below!
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