Ojas is the first thing to be created in the body of all living beings. It is ghee colored, it tastes like honey and smells like roasted puffed rice.
~ Caraka Samhita Sutrasthana 17.74
According to Ayurveda, chronic or excessive stress depletes a precious substance in the body called ojas (OH-jus). When ojas is depleted, either from lack of sleep, poor digestion, or excessive activity, the body may break down. To rebuild ojas, drink one cup of the Ojas Nightly Tonic per day.
In Sanskrit, ojas has two prominent meanings. In the context of physical health and vitality, ojas means “vigor.” In the context of spiritual and emotional well-being, it is referred to as “the physiological expression of consciousness.” According to Ayurveda, ojas governs aging, immunity, radiant skin, vigor, mood, sleep, digestion, spirituality, and physical strength.
A plentiful reserve of ojas is reflected in the luster of the eyes, radiance of the skin (that glow so detectable in babies and pregnant women), potent fertility, tenacious immunity, strong digestion and clarity of mind. A strong link between ojas and spirituality is also drawn, as ojas is seen to be the physiological expression of pure consciousness.
Serving Size: 1.5 tsp (6g)
Servings: About 30
Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Coconut, Organic Cardamom, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Shatavari, Organic Turmeric, Organic Saffron
To Prepare: For the traditional preparation, add a heaping teaspoon of Ojas Nightly Tonic to 3/4 cup of milk (or non-dairy substitute). Add 1/2 tsp ghee or coconut oil and bring to a boil. Then, remove from heat and add 1 tsp of raw honey. Alternatively, enjoy this delicious mix as-is on your favorite hot cereal or in a smoothie.
What Is Ojas?
Perhaps the best way to describe ojas is to understand how honey is made. Ten to twenty thousand bees per hive collect the nectar or essence of thousands of flowers and concentrate them into honey – the ojas of the flowers. In the same way, when we eat fresh, unprocessed foods, microscopic amounts of their essence accumulate over time through the process of healthy digestion and become ojas. If the digestive process is disturbed, the essence of the foods will not be extracted and no ojas will be made.
How is Ojas Made?
According to Ayurveda, the entire digestive process takes thirty days to complete. Within that time, not only is food ingested and eliminated, but nutrients from the food are used to build what is known as the seven major tissues of the body. The culmination of this process is the production of ojas.
Unfortunately, during these thirty days, many factors can compromise its production, and many people have depleted ojas and lack the vigor, immunity, radiant glow and longevity they desire.
Step One: The first product of digestion is a nutrient fluid called rasa which is the first of the seven major tissues of the body. A small amount of local or not-supreme ojas is released as each of the seven tissues is made. The thirty-day process of building supreme ojas begins; it is gradually building as digestion continues and each tissue is made.
Step Two: The rasa or first product of digestion is converted by agni or digestive fire – into blood, which in Ayurveda is called rakta. Here, another small amount of local ojas is released into the blood.
Step Three: The rakta or blood converts into muscle or mamsa. A small amount of local ojas is released into the muscles.
Step Four: The mamsa converts into fat or medha and releases a small amount of local ojas into the fat.
Step Five: The medha or fat converts to bone or asthi and releases a small amount of local ojas into the bone.
Step Six: The asthi or bone converts to nerve tissue or majja and releases a small amount of local ojas into the nervous system.
Step Seven: The majja or nerve tissue converts into the reproductive fluid where a small amount of ojas is released into the sperm or ovum. Remember, supreme ojas has been building with the production of each tissue, making the reproductive fluid the bodily tissue with the most accumulated ojas.
Step Eight: The final product, supreme ojas, is released and stored in the heart. From here it nourishes the subtle energy in the body, which in turn feeds the body’s vigor, vitality, and immunity.
Activities that Build Ojas
Laughing and loving others are two of many activities that replenish us and build ojas.
- Loving others
- Acting on what you are passionate about
- Giving and serving others
- Yoga, breathing, and meditation
- Nasal breathing exercise
- Being in nature
- Eating fresh wholesome foods in a relaxed manner
- Getting ample rest – 7 to 8 hours of sleep with the cycles (up early, to bed early)
Activities that Deplete Ojas
Since the production of the reproductive fluid is the last step before supreme ojas is made, the reproductive fluid carries all of the accumulated supreme ojas getting ready to be stored in the heart. Excessive sex can deplete the ojas both in the sperm and ovum as well as rob supreme ojas from entering the heart, and even depleting the reserves of ojas in the heart. Multiple orgasms a day or sex every day for extended periods of time will deplete ojas reserves.
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