Tikta Ghrita is translated as “bitter ghee” and it is precisely this, ghee infused with the most powerful bitter herbs that Ayurveda has to offer. Due to the extreme bitterness of this medicine, Tikta Ghrita is mainly used for treating Pitta disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rash, excessive heat in the blood, liver disorders, and inflammation of all kinds. It is an excellent tonic to take routinely during the hotter seasons to prevent common seasonal imbalances, or during detox programs to flush our toxins.
The main bitter herbs in Tikta Ghrita include Neem, Kutki, Kalmegha, Bhumyamalaki, Turmeric, Daruharidra, Karella (bitter melon), and Musta among many others. Although these herbs all have their unique actions, they do possess similar qualities such as being detoxifying, cooling (mostly), reducing (catabolic), anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and acting specifically on the liver and blood. Taking these bitter herbs infused into ghee increases their potency due to the synergy effect of the herbs as well as the catalytic effect the ghee provides by driving the herbs deeper into the tissues.
Tikta Ghrita is a traditional Ayurvedic formula that has been utilized for thousands of years. It is a vital part of any Ayurvedic cleanse during the “oiliation” phase, as it lubricates the internal body and pulls deep-rooted toxins from the tissues. Although Tikta Ghrita is used in larger doses for a cleanse, it can also be taken in smaller doses daily for the treatment of a variety of disorders or simply for the routine maintenance of the system. Tikta Ghita is often used for liver disorders, inflammatory conditions (e.g. arthritis, gastritis, colitis, etc), acne and other skin issues, toxic accumulation (especially in the liver and blood), excessive heat in the body, hormonal imbalance, and most Pitta disorders.
Health Benefits of Tikta Ghrita
- Reduces heat in the system
- Treats most Pitta disorders
- Strengthens and cleanses the liver
- Treats most liver disorders (especially involving heat, inflammation, or toxins)
- Strengthens and cleanses the blood
- Useful in Ayurvedic cleanses such as Pancha Karma and Kitchari cleanses
- Detoxifies all tissues of the body
- Cleanses the GI tract
- Promotes healthy elimination
- Balances the hormones
- Balances the blood sugar
- Improves skin health and beautifies the complexion
- Useful in acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns, and other skin conditions (internal and external use)
- Reduces inflammation throughout the body
- Improves arthritic symptoms
- Aids in the healing of hemorrhoids
- Aids in the healing of skin sores and wounds
- Reduces Kapha dosha
How to Use Tikta Ghrita
1. For a cleanse or detox:
Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of Tikta Ghrita each morning on an empty stomach. Mix this in 1/2 cup of warm water, stir until fully melted, and then drink. Begin this at least 3-5 days before the cleanse, and then continue daily until the cleanse is over. After the cleanse, you can take 1 tsp of the Tikta Ghrita each morning for 7 days and then switch to a more rejuvenating medicine such as the Rasayana Ghrita (1 tsp, two times daily for 30 days post-cleanse).
2. For liver, blood, and skin health:
Take 1 tsp of Tikta Ghrita each morning on an empty stomach mixed and melted in 1/2 cup of warm water. Take this dosage again mid-day for more chronic disorders and imbalances.
3. For daily health maintenance and detoxification:
Take 1 tsp of Tikta Ghrita each morning on an empty stomach mixed and melted in 1/2 cup of warm water. Use consistently for best results.
**Tikta Ghrita can also be used externally to make a skin-clearing, anti-aging Triphala Face Mask. Click here for the full recipe!
4. External use:
For acute rashes, external hemorrhoids, and the treatment of skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, follow the recommendation in #2 while simultaneously using the Tikta Ghrita externally. To use externally, take a dime to a quarter-sized amount and apply to the affected area (make sure this area is clean) each night before bed. For more extreme conditions, reapply in the morning after bathing as well.