10 Amazing Skin, Hair Benefits & Uses Of Ghee | Clarified Butter | Desi Ghee

What is ghee? Ghee is pure fat left over when the moisture is completely removed from butter and it is called clarified butter all over the world. Ghee is regarded very highly in India and we use ghee for our food, rituals, prayers, home remedies and for external application. Almost every home in India, will have a ghee vessel separately to make it easy to scoop the ghee out. I have grown up seeing my elders use ghee everyday. We use ghee mainly in the lunch and we consume it along with dhal. In my grandmas time, ghee was prepared fresh everyday before lunch in a small vessel and I have to say the smell of fresh ghee will make anyone hungry. Nowadays, we make ghee and reheat it, but in the olden times, it was made fresh everyday. Ghee was mainly used only along with dhal in the afternoon and for making sweets, which was mainly done only during festival times. I think if we consume ghee like our elders did, we will get all the wonderful benefits it offers. When I say ghee, I am talking about desi ghee that is prepared at home because the quality of the butter is very important. Milk from grass fed cows are milked everyday, boiled and set into yogurt. The yogurt is churned to get butter and when we boil butter till the water evaporates fully, we get ghee. So the quality of the milk is very important. Ghee made from grass fed, full fat, organic milk tastes wonderful and it is full of nutrients like vitamin a, d and e. You will be surprised if I say that ghee is used as a home remedy for treating illness. I for one, am a strong believer of homemade ghee, as I personally feel they taste better and also we know it is made with the finest butter. Making your own ghee is especially important, if you are using it for home remedies. Ghee stores well for up to 2 to 3 week at room temperature, if stored in clean ceramic pots. If you are reheating ghee, take only the required amount and melt it, instead of melting the entire amount of ghee to retain the freshness.



                             I still remember one of my neighbors used to apply ghee above her eyelids and around the eyes every single day. Her eyes used to be bright and moist all the time, she used to leave it the whole night on her eye lids, but you can just use it before bath, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off. This will treat dark eye circles and keep the skin around the eyes supple and soft.

                                Eczema is a condition in which the skin becomes red and inflamed. The main thing about eczema is the intense itching and irritation of the skin. Massaging the affected area with ghee before bath will greatly help in controlling the redness and inflammation.


                          Ghee is very effective in treating split ends. Split ends happen because we don’t nourish our hair. Chemical treatments and products also dry out our hair causing split ends. This homemade treatment with desi ghee will greatly help in treating split ends. Warm the ghee slightly and apply to the ends of the hair, wait for an hour before shampooing and conditioning the hair.

                     If you have very dry skin, then ghee will come to the rescue very effectively. Just warm up ghee in a pan and massage your whole body with it before bath. Do this treatment regularly, especially during winter time and your skin will be smooth, soft and supple.


               Ghee tastes wonderful and in certain dishes nothing can be substituted for ghee. As I mentioned before we use it along with our dhals and for making traditional sweets. Even for making sweets, we make sure that the ghee is prepared fresh before making the sweet for best taste and flavor. Most of out traditional sweets have jaggery and ghee, both which are very goof for health. I have never once fallen ill eating homemade sweets made with pure ghee and jaggery.


                Though ghee is great when applied externally, it is best when it is consumed. Ghee is regarded very highly in ayurvedha. Ghee is rich in vitamin a, vitamin d and vitamin e, all of which gives us healthy bones and keep us from falling ill. Try consuming homemade ghee along with your dhals. We were always advised that dhals digest better, when consumed with ghee.


                  Ghee when consumed with high calorie foods will aid in weight gain. If you want to gain weight try consuming calorie dense food along with ghee. The surprising thing is ghee also can help in weight loss. When you consume a little of ghee along with a sensible diet, it actually aids in weight loss and I was very happy that even nutritionists nowadays advice people on a diet to consume ghee.


                          Pregnant women should include ghee in their diet. I was advised by my grandma to consume ghee daily throughout my pregnancy. Ghee keeps both the mother and the baby strong & healthy. Once you start introducing solid foods to babies, include ghee for babies. Here in m,y place, I have never seen a mother feed her child in the afternoon without adding ghee. I think instead of using refined fats and oils, we should consume a little ghee everyday to stay healthy and strong.


                       I actually massage my lips with ghee during winter months to prevent the lips from chapping. Massaging the lips with ghee also prevents dark lips. If you are already suffering from it, a daily massage with pure homemade desi ghee will lighten dark lips very effectively.


                    Like I mentioned before, we use ghee in home remedies. One such home remedy is for treating dry cough. This method is so effective that it is practiced all over Tamil Nadu. For this remedy, pepper corns are dry roasted in empty kadai, powdered finely and mixed with ghee. This paste, if taken once or twice gives good relief from dry cough



  1. Hazel Valli
    December 9, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Hi Ramya, I prepare ghee buy collecting cream from the milk for about a week and then heating it till the moisture has gone. Does this method of preparing have any health benefits? I did try churning butter and then preparing ghee but all in vain as I do not get fresh milk in my area,we only get packet milk. Please suggest

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 10, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Hi Hazel Valli,No matter what method we use to prepare ghee, the quality of the ghee and it's health benefits depends on the quality of the milk. Ghee made from organic, grass fed milk has the most benefits and in my personal experience the best taste too….. 🙂

  3. Karen Murison
    December 27, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    Thank you for the great info.

  4. Anonymous
    January 9, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Mam its very useful tips. Actually i suffered from dry cough for one month. I come to know abt ur site through my friend. I followed ur receipe now feeling better. U r such a great person. Thank u. SREE

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2015 / 4:40 am

      I am so glad, you find the blog useful…:)

  5. Anonymous
    March 10, 2015 / 4:44 am

    Hi ramya I am living in Hong Kong..so is impossible for me to make my own ghee…can u suggest me a ghee brand I can buy it from a Indian store in Hong kong. Thank you

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 11, 2015 / 8:09 am

      Hi, I am the worst possible person to answer this question because I have never bought ghee from the shops even once. I really don't know which brand is good as I have not used any of them…..

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2016 / 7:18 am

      Patanjali ghee is the best

    • kasodkar
      September 21, 2016 / 5:23 pm

      Sri sri Ghee is also good.

  6. Patricia Van Batenburg
    May 4, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Hi Ramya my daughter 6 months old has very thin hair could I rub ghee in her hair to make it grow and become more thick?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 3:08 am

      Hi Patricia, you can use pure homemade ghee for massaging her scalp. Also try homemade coconut oil (recipe in the blog) as it is also very effective for promoting hair growth…

  7. Peggy Rickard
    May 6, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    I would love to learn how to make gee-especially if it can improve my dark circles and help my hair. How to make it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 7, 2015 / 3:09 am

      I will be posting a video on making ghee shortly please check it out……..

  8. Anonymous
    June 10, 2015 / 7:56 am

    I have washed ghee 100x but I still do not like the smell on my skin , what can I put in for a nicer smell

  9. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    June 14, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    Hi, you can try adding few drops of essential oils to it, it will mask the smell a bit…

  10. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    hii ramya ,how are you . i have sunken eyes and deep under eye bags . can i use ghee to treat them

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 21, 2015 / 4:34 pm

      Yes, you can do a slight massage around the eyes with ghee daily. Also make sure to get good sleep and drink plenty of water throughout the day…

  11. anju jain
    October 29, 2015 / 4:28 am

    Hie ramaya My hairs were initially vry thick n long bt now aftr i gve haircut to it The growth is vry slow n even mah hairs become thin toooo……Mah using castrol n olive n ghee is it good….????I realy wan long hairs I too hve split ends prblm

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 5, 2015 / 5:43 am

      Hi Anju, Any pure unrefined oil is good for the hair so you can use any one of the oils you suggested, you can also try any one of the homemade oils from the blog. Try eating healthy and along with it regular oil massage and homemade hair packs will arrest hair fall and promote hair growth very soon. Don't stress about it, just follow a regular routine of eating healthy and applying hair pack and massaging with pure oils and you will get back your hair in no time…:)

  12. Adnan Abbasi
    January 3, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Hi Is this ghee also treats melasma on skin?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 20, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      I have not heard of the use of ghee for melasma, I would suggest rubbing fresh Aloe Vera gel….

  13. Thirupal Reddy
    February 28, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Hi my daughter is 11months old.her hands I.e., above elbow and knees are becoming very dry.please tell some tips

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 3:03 am

      I would suggest applying homemade massage from the blog immediately for her daily after bath, it will greatly help. But make sure to use only unrefined oils….

  14. hani kumar
    March 11, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Hi Ramya. Is this desi ghee remedy for baldness also and in which procedure is better to apply?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 5:23 am

      Ghee conditions the hair well but is not a remedy for baldness….

  15. Suresh
    July 7, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Hello Ramya..Article says kadukkapodi helps in controlling blood sugar but in one of your answers you say diabetics should not take it regularly? Why is that so? Pls explain further

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 6:54 am

      What I meant was kadukkai powder should be taken with caution by diabetic patients as taking both kadukkai powder and diabetic medications at the same time will lower their blood sugar levels too much. Diabetic patients should closely monitor their blood sugar levels if taking kadukkai and I would suggest doing it under medical supervision…

  16. shades layer
    July 15, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    hi ramya …. i am shormishtha I have stitch scar on my hand n is very unpleasant can u suggest me something I HV tried desi ghee it made my scars pale but it didn't removed them what shud I do to vanish them

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 25, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Why not try using fresh Aloe Vera gel on the area or the Aloe Vera oil from the blog, both will give good results for scars. Try for a few weeks and let me know how you feel……

  17. Anonymous
    July 23, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Hi……Ramya ji Actually I am getting Hairfall nowadays.so, can I use ghee for regrowth of my hair and also to strenthen it…….and actually I am 19 years now.,

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 8, 2016 / 8:11 am

      You can use ghee for hair growth, try including small amounts of it daily in the diet. Also sleep well, eat healthy and don't stress about anything. Also apply homemade hair mask weekly twice (you can find the recipes in the blog), your hair fall will stop soon…..

  18. Unknown
    August 21, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    I am suffering from skin disease.A wheatish patches in my legs and arms.Dr says it is a fungal Infection.I used allopathic medicine and homeopathic medicine.but there is not useful for me.somebody suggested me for neem oil and cow ghee.Kindly suggested me the method of using it.Ranjeet mehta

  19. Ranjeet Mehta
    August 21, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I am suffering from skin disease.A wheatish patches in my legs and arms.Dr says it is a fungal Infection.I used allopathic medicine and homeopathic medicine.but there is not useful for me.somebody suggested me for neem oil and cow ghee.Kindly suggested me the method of using it.Ranjeet mehta

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 22, 2016 / 3:03 pm

      Hello sir, I would suggest applying a paste of haritaki and turmeric on the affected area for about a week, both have amazing anti fungal properties that will help with the problem. After applying the pack and washing it off, you can also apply a thin layer of pure neem oil too, try and let me know how you feel…

  20. Anirudh Dewra
    September 19, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Hi I am Anirudh and I am suffering from eczema or some allergy on my lips and am tired of applying different creams and steroids on it, so will ghee help me get better. My lips get swollen, red and it burns like anything, please help me

  21. sienna
    March 9, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Wondering if you may share with the community the full moon chant associated with ghee making. I am a farmer of 100% grass fed heritage cattle and when the ladies are in milk and on pasture I intend to set out on the ghee making adventure but as a biodynamic farmer I am very interested in the full moon making and if I freeze my cream and make ghee only on full moon will the energy be still amplified ??? Thank you!!! Blessings

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