How and When Should Ghruta be Consumed?

There’s no doubt that Ghruta is a powerful substance. Its healing benefits are vast and varied.

However, like any other health-boosting substance, it’s important to know how to use Ghruta properly.

In this article, I’m going to explain how and when you should consume Ghruta for maximum benefit.

Different Uses for Ghruta

There are many different uses for Ghruta.

The main uses are as a cooking oil, a general health booster or base for a medicinal formula. Naturally, the time and place to use Ghruta will depend on what you are actually going to be using it.

How and When to Use Ghruta for Cooking

There are many, many different ways that you can use Ghruta for cooking. Pretty much any time that you would use oil or butter, you can use Ghruta instead.

  • Cooking with Ghruta is ideal. Ghruta has a much higher smoke point than vegetable-based oils and butter, meaning that it is safer to cook with. Oils that reach their smoke point can become carcinogenic.
  • Ghruta can replace butter when used for baking.
  • Ghruta can be spread on toast, and can even be added to coffee.

There are many more possibilities – be creative! Ghruta can be used in abundance for cooking since it does not increase cholesterol levels. In fact, regular consumption of Ghruta is known to reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol!

Using Ghruta for General Health and Wellbeing

In addition to cooking with Ghruta for general health and wellbeing, Ghruta can and should also be consumed on its own. Simply take 1 tablespoon on an empty stomach in the morning or evening. Using Ghruta in the morning will enhance agni and soothe the nerves. Using it before bed can encourage restful sleep.

Using Ghruta as a Health or Medicinal Substance

Depending on the reason you’re using Ghruta, you may want to use it at different times. It’s important to distinguish the benefits that you’re attempting to achieve.

  • If you’re using Ghruta to boost your agni so that you can better digest and absorb nutrients, or eliminate ama (toxins), it’s wise to consume a tablespoon of Ghruta on an empty stomach 15 to 30 minutes before meals.
  • If you have used Ghruta as the base for a herbal formula, then you would want to use the Ghruta in the same way that you would use the herbal formula on its own. Remember that Ghruta significantly enhances the efficacy of any herbal medicines, so adjust your dose accordingly.
  • If you are using Ghruta for a nasya, to aid in detoxification or to fight allergies or respiratory problems, you should do this on an empty stomach. Do this about an hour before or after a shower.
  • If you are using Ghruta as a massage oil for the skin or scalp, then daily massages should suffice.

Remember that there are many medicinal uses for Ghruta and it’s important to understand how and when to use it for maximum benefit. Although we’ve provided some general guidelines, it’s best to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner to learn how Ghruta can be best consumed for your benefit.


Written by Nigel Ford

Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)