What is Tikta Ghrita?
Titkta Ghrita literally translates to “Bitter Ghee.” The word ‘tikta’ means bitter while ‘ghee’ is clarified butter. Other names that this herb-infused ghee goes by are Tiktaka Ghrita and Tiktaka Ghritam.
According to the Ayurvedic taste theory, the bitter taste has cooling, cleansing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This medicated ghee is used in the Ayurvedic detoxification process of Panchkarma, usually for skin diseases. It can also be suitable for everyday use when used under the guidance of your Ayurvedic practitioner.
Health Benefits of Tikta Ghrita
Ghee is a time-honored base that is used as a carrier for herbs. Being a healthy fat (oil), it easily penetrates into the lipid membranes and delivers the goodness of the herbs to the deep tissues to boost their effectiveness and action.
Tikta Ghrita is a classic Ayurvedic fomula that has been used for thousands of years for its cleansing and strengthening effects. Here are the top tikta ghrita benefits that will make you appreciate this bitter medicine more:
Strengthens and detoxes the liver
Strengthens and detoxes the blood
Purifies the GI tract
Detoxifies all tissues of the body
Regulates blood sugar levels
Boosts skin health (cures acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns, etc.) and beautifies the complexion
Reduces inflammation throughout the body
Cools excess heat in the body
Improves arthritic symptoms
Helps heal hemorrhoids
Helps heal skin sores and wounds
Balances all doshas, especially Pitta and Kapha
Contraindications to Tikta Ghrita
– Do not consume if pregnant or breastfeeding.
– Not to be given to children under 13 years of age.
– Those with conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases and high BP should exercise caution.
How to Use Tikta Ghrita
Deep cleanse and detox: Stir in a tablespoon or two of tikta ghrita in half a cup of warm water. Consume this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Take this a week prior to a detox regime and continue until the cleanse is complete. Post cleanse, you can take a teaspoon of the bitter ghee every morning for a week before switching to a rejuvenating tonic like Rasayana Ghrita till days after cleansing.
Liver, blood and skin health: Mix in a teaspoon of Tikta Ghrita in a cup of warm water every morning on an empty stomach. Repeat this dosage at noon for higher or chronic imbalances.
External use: Rashes, hemorrhoids, eczema, etc. can be applied on the affected area.
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