Rasa Dhatu | the gateway to all tissues
Last month I had the pleasure of hosting Amadea Morningtstar at SimpleVeda. We experienced a joyful weekend with like-minded practitioners in clinical discussion of foods, beverages, breath-work, marma and mantras to support our rasa dhatu.
The word rasa means sap or liquid and dhatu means tissue. The rasa dhatu is our inner sap or waters of our body and refers to our plasma, blood, lymph and interstitial fluids. If rasa is healthy you will experience strong immunity, radiant soft, smooth, clear skin and hair, loving compassion for yourself and others, deep faith and healthy stamina.
If rasa is depleted, one might experience dry skin, dry stools, dehydration, decreased or diminished tissue, fear, worry, overwhelm, anxiety and strong impulsive emotions. This can be caused from too much exercise and profuse sweating, eating leftovers, too much thinking and moving – lack of self care, too much sun exposure, too much caffeine and pungent, bitter and astringent foods.
If rasa is in excess, you might experience sluggishness, lethargy, water retention, edema, congestion, high blood pressure, repressed emotions, depression, and melancholy. This is caused by too many heavy + cold foods, alcohol, overeating, excessive tastes of salt and sugar and day sleeping.
Amadea published a new, all seasonal beverage cookbook: Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda and offers many nourishing recipes to help support the rasa dhatu. Next time you’re in the office, I’ve got a handful of autographed copies for sale! With her permission, here’s one of my favorites from her book and will replenish the rasa dhatu as we move into the vata season:
ESSENTIAL RASA TEA
1 quart water
1 TBSP fenugreek seeds
1 TBSP fennel seeds
1 TBSP dried peppermint or marshmallow root (I like a combo of both)
1 tsp of licorice, chopped or powdered
1 thin sliced fresh ginger root
1 tsp – 1 TBSP flax seeds per cup
Boil water in a medium stainless steel pot. Put all the herbs in a one-quart heat-proof glass mason jar. Pour the water over the herbs and steep for 30 minutes or more.
Before serving, strain the tea. Place flax seeds in your cup before pouring the tea into it. This supports Omega 3-rich, immune boosting, mood-soothing. You can eat the soaked seeds with a spoon when you get to the bottom of your drink.
Drink 1-2 cups per day, the larger amount if you are in dry conditions.
effects: balances all doshas, tri-doshic
supports: plasma, nerves, female + male reproductive systems, lactation, ojas