Shata Dhauta Ghrita – Why it is called a power nourishment for your skin?
What is Shata Dhauta Ghrita?
Shata Dhauta Ghrita is a unique Ayurvedic preparation used for healing skin ailments. As the name suggests the process of making itself i.e., “Shata” means hundred and “Dhauta” means washing of Go Ghrita (Cow Ghee). This is a really tedious procedure but still worth it.
Why Shata Dhauta Ghrita is to be used rather than plain ghrita for external application?
As rightly said, Samskaro hi Gunantaradhanam uchyate which tells about the importance of any samskara in Ayurvedic pharmaceutical procedures. Samskaras are some of the procedures which are done to incorporate some new properties to the substance. Here, one dhauta samskara (washing procedure) was used which helps to transform the consistency of ghrita into a cooling silky smooth texture which is lightweight and gets easily absorbed through the skin. It has the capacity to cure skin ailments, scars and can effectively reduce the signs of ageing like wrinkled skin.
This Shata Dhauta Ghrita has a homogenously smooth, non-granular, non-sticky and non-oily texture with a neutral pH which is better for soothing skin and providing a supple-look with a good amount of hydration as it is an amazing emollient. In summer, it can provide cooling effect for the sunburns of your skin and can help in healing the winter chapped skin.
The cow ghee is itself having Sheeta virya (cold potency) and when, it is washed 100 times then this cold potency increases as much as 100 times. This defines the beauty of this formulation.
The cow ghee is having Madhura Rasa and Madhura Vipaka which also helps to pacify the aggravated Vata and Pitta doshas of our body. This action gets enhanced after the dhauta samskara.
The Copper utensils used for washing the ghrita incorporates benefits of Copper metal in ghrita. This Copper present in trace amount along with the ghrita may help in the collagen and elastin production; which can reduce wrinkles, fine lines around the skin. Copper also prevents any skin infections caused due to bacteria, fungi due to its anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties.
Why to choose Ghrita prepared by Bilona method?
It was said in our Hindu mythology, that Lord Prajapati created Ghrita by churning his hands together and poured it on fire. This gives a hint about the method of preparation of ghrita i.e., the traditional Bilona method which was praised for its divinity since ancient times.
In childhood stories of Lord Krishna, we have read that the similar method was adopted by Yashoda maiyya for churning butter by her hand.
Scientifically, the benefits of Ghrita made by Bilona method are more when compared to Direct cream heating method. As, it takes less amount of heat to prepare and thus, retains its nutritional value. This ghee has comparatively more anti-oxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, healing properties and other beneficial properties.
Why to choose A2 variety of cow ghee over A1?
A2 variety of cow ghee are best as these are desi varieties or Indian breeds which are highly nutritious with many health benefits. It has more protein, Omega 3 and 9 fatty acids, Vitamin B complex; it slows the ageing process. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.