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You might be asking what ghee is. Ghee is more than a fad food or a trending dietary substitute for butter. So, let us dive right in to the facts.

Ghee is oil refined from raw Yak’s milk.

Ghee is an oil that is refined from raw yak’s milk. This oil is used in lamps as an offering to Krishna, and used in Ayurvedic practices.

Mass produced products labeled “Ghee” are not real Ghee. Real Ghee is made from raw milk from glorified (Yak) cows. The glorified breed or vedic cow is a Zebu/Cebu (yak) cow. These glorified cows have specific requirements to be a vedic cow. Cross breeds do not make the cut to be vedic cows. Cross breeds such as Jersey, Brown Swiss, Holstein, and Belgian Blue do not meet the requirements of vedic scripture to be recognized as a vedic cow.

According to Vedic scripture references these sacred and worth of veneration cows need to have the following requirements:

1) Have a hump on their back. (Such as a Yak hump)

2) Have a thick fold of skin under their neck called a dewlap.

3) Have a rounded head.

4) Have urine that does not go bad. No bacteria present due to Ganga.

(Urine from modern bovine that has been bottled for storage goes


5) Have a membrane on their dung and a pleasant odor.

6) Have a surya ketu nadi (explanation to follow).

What is the surya ketu nadi?

All vedic cows have a nadi (vein) that is said to absorb energy from all luminary bodies in the universe (i.e. – sun, moon, and stars), and this energy is transferred to the byproducts of the vedic cows milk, dung, and urine as well as butter, ghee (oil), and cheese, etc. The modern cows without the hump and nadi do not have these energies of the universe, or in cross-breeds it is said to be absent and truly are not vedic cows.

How Is Yak Milk Processed Into Ghee?

This is how one of my dad’s makes ghee the proper way, and has handed the torch on to me for proper ghee preparation. Technically, my foster father would do spiritual preparation as well as ghee preparation. He would perform a fast prior to making the ghee, at least a 24-hour fast. He also used to make Greek Yogurt when he would make his ghee. My foster father’s ghee was a clear ghee without color from burnt solids. He used the ghee that he made for anointing and healing purposes. Some people use Crisco or various other cooking oils for anointing oil. Don’t get me wrong, there may not be a right or wrong in anointing oil. However, it is sacred no matter the “brand” if you believe it is sacred. This recipe is an old recipe and I believe that any ghee that you consecrate as holy should be treated as such. Blessings upon those that create ghee for the sake of healing. Now for the very old ghee recipe.

1) Get raw Yak’s milk (preferably) However if you are not a follower of Krishna, use raw milk.

2) Remove bacteria from handlers by boiling the milk.

3) Add Yak milk curd (preferably), if you are not a follower of Krishna, use lemon juice (1 tsp per liter) to form the curd.

4) Wait for eight plus hours for curd to form in the batch being made. Make sure to leave the batch in a warm place.

5) Churn the curd in a churn that has both clockwise and counter clockwise movement. Be sure to keep the Yak’s milk between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This will vary season to season and depending on the consistency of the yak’s milk.

6) Skim the butter from the buttermilk. Adding cold water to the buttermilk will make the butter easier to separate from the buttermilk. It is said that you can offer a mixture of sugar and Tulasi Leaf mixed in the buttermilk to Krishna at this point.

7) To make the ghee (oil), heat up a pan of the butter slowly. Bring the butter to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to keep the solids from burning. Skim the foam off of the butter while being careful not to remove too much ghee (oil). Continue skimming off the buttery foam. Separate the ghee (oil) from the solids through a coffee filter or fairly tight woven cheese cloth. Now you have the purified ghee (oil) and the remaining butter.

8) Offer your ghee (yak milk oil) to Krishna, or deity of your beliefs.

What is the ghee sold in stores then?

What you find in stores that has been mass-produced is not ghee. As I have stated, ghee is a non-vegetable oil made from yak’s milk and is used in offerings to Krishna and in Ayurvedic practices. The mass-produced product that is sold in stores may be the product of American or European pseudo-ghee products. It is not the clarified pure non-vegetable oil used in true Ayurvedic practices. It is a fad dietary supplement used as a substitute for butter.

However as I have stated above, if you believe and pray over it and have consecrated it, the benefits of the products that are sold in mass production can still have healing qualities. As for the mass products being ghee, you can not refine refined butter because it is already clarified butter. However, you now have the recipe for making ghee out of yak’s milk. Buffalo milk is another sacred cow milk that you can produce ghee from if you want ghee that is saturated with universal energy.

In Conclusion

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