You might already know ghee as that super tasty, very easy and delicious way to get healthy fats into your diet. Being good with almost anything and being compliant with a variety of popular diets including Paleo, Ketogenic, Bulletproof and Whole30, ghee is enjoying a renaissance in this country and becoming a forever staple in homes everywhere.
This inevitably leads to the question: What else can I do with ghee?
One of the magic properties of ghee is it's ability to last and last without going rancid. It does, however, change in smell, texture and flavor as it ages. While still safe to consume, those of you who prefer fresh ghee to aged, may find little bits left in jars that you don't want to throw, but also are not as excited about eating it. When this happens, it is time to move your ghee to the bathroom! Ghee is as useful and versatile as coconut oil, with different properties and uses. Without further ado...I announce: 5 ways to use ghee in your bathroom and first aid kit!
Eye Makeup remover: That is right. Instead of buying costly chemical eye makeup removers, or scrubbing your delicate peepers with soap and water, try rubbing ghee, gently on your lashes and all over your eye, and wipe with a cotton ball, cloth or even TP. Makeup comes off easily, and moisturizes your eyes and minimizes the look of fine lines. Follow the removal with a cool water wash on face. Pro-tip: You can actually remove ALL of your makeup this way, the way your Grandma used to use cold-cream. Rub all over the face and remove with a cloth and follow with a cool water rinse. Your face will not require further moisturizer. Just pat dry and go to bed!
Carrier for Topical herbs: Have a cut and need some natural "neosporin"? 1/2 Tsp of turmeric powder mixed with a little ghee, makes a wonderful, anti-bacterial natural antibiotic ointment. cover cuts with this mix and bandaid. It will heal super fast. Bonus if you add neem leaf powder to the mix. It is also a useful base (using neem and turmeric also) for herpatic sores on the mouth or genitals.
Post Colonic or Post Enema balancer: Many people in the last few decades have realized the benefits of colon hydrotherapy as well as coffee enemas and the like. In Ayurvedic Medicine, enemas are known as bastis and ALWAYS include some type of oil. The herbal, cleansing bastis always require an oil application before and after the treatment (typically the day before and the day after). With those who practice these more westernized approaches, it is recommended to do the following: After a colonic (same day is fine), put warm ghee (not hot, just body temp) in a small enema bottle (I recommend getting a cheap fleet enema and emptying out the contents and replacing with your warm ghee), add a sprinkle of salt and a few drops of honey and mix well. Apply after treatment when you get home, retaining as much of the oil for as long as possible. For specific instructions on doing an oil basti, Check out this video . We recommend NEVER doing a drying enema without following up with a small ghee or sesame oil application.
Baby Massage Oil: My babies have had full body massages in ghee, but certainly, at the first sign of irritated skin, baby gets slathered. Ghee is incredibly gentle and safe. For very irritated skin, mix with aloe gel and neem leaf powder. Newborns, in general, do great with warm ghee massages. Use as butt cream and as a general skin soother.
Eye treatment for dry and stressed eyes: We stare at computers a lot. As a result, our eyes are stressed and dry. The muscles around them can become tired, impairing our vision. An ancient Ayurvedic treatment called Netra Basti, helps to balance our tired peepers. Here is my ayur-hack to do this at home: First, wash and dry face with cool water only. Take a pair of old goggles and fill with warm ghee (never hot, just warm and about 90 degrees F). Leaning over, so as not to spill the ghee, strap goggles on and pay back on a towel to catch any drips. Slowly open your eyes. They might tear at first, but as you look through the ghee, your eyes will begin to receive the ghee, moisturizing deeply and releasing toxic material from your tear ducts. Stay here for at least 20 minutes to really let ghee in. When finished, roll to your side and drop ghee-goggles in prepared bowl. You will be foggy for a few minutes, so don't go anywhere right away. As the tears flow, your eyes will be cleansed. It tends to feel like your eyes are "breathing", and that everything is brighter and clearer.
This is only the tip of the iceburg when it comes to ghee uses outside the kitchen. Ghee is indeed, one of the most versatile things to have in your home. It is more deeply moisturizing than coconut oil, and is safe in any orifice (use your imagination for other applications ;-) ) So, never throw out your ghee, if it is "too old" for you to cook with anymore; Just move it into your bathroom or first aid kit!