Living a healthy balanced lifestyle includes pleasure. The pleasure of enjoying a tasty meal, the fragrance of flowers, the beauty of a sunset and the sensual sensations and pleasures of touch. Pleasure increases your physical and emotional wellbeing and in Ayurvedic terms, your ojas.
“It is the Ojas which keeps all the living beings refreshed nourished and refreshed. There can be no life without Ojas”. ~ Charaka Sutrasthana
For the purpose of this article think of ojas as your immunity, health, longevity, nourishment. What keeps you juicy and sweet. Consider ojas as the joie de vivre.
Too much of a good thing however depletes your ojas. Too much stress, travel and even excessive sex can wear down ojas. As sex is one of your basic needs, an important part of your well being and a pleasurable way to spend your time let us look at ways to rejuvenate your ojas post-sex. Preserving your ojas is the very essence of longevity and life.
“Ojas as the colour of ghee, in taste it is like that of honey, in smell it is like that of fired paddy.” ~ Charaka Sutrasthana
Try these Ayurvedic tips to get your juices flowing and build up your Ojas. Remember like increases like. Anything that resembles ojas will increase ojas.
Add A Little Ghee
Add a small spoonful of ghee to your meal. Ghee is sweet and nourishing just like Ojas. Have a jar of organic ghee on your kitchen table and simply add it to your finished meal before eating.
Have Some Honey
Honey is sweet, sticky and, according to Charaka, tastes like ojas. Add a teaspoon to your tea when it is cool enough to drink (never cook honey).
Warm Milk Rejuvenative
Enjoy a glass of warm milk (including cow or nut especially almond) as a rejuvenating post-sex drink. Even better add a small teaspoon of ghee, a pinch of saffron and a bit of cardamom.
Sweet Basmati Rice Pudding
Enjoy a sweet rice pudding. It is the perfect dish to rebuild depleted ojas.
Ayurvedic Rejuvenative Herbal Supplements
Add a herbal supplement to your routine: Ayurveda recommends Ashwagandha for men and Shatavari for women as a rejuvenating herbal supplement. Ask your health practitioner for details.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Finally avoid factors that may lead to unhappiness and worries. Worrying is depleting for your ojas and immunity. Instead notice what gives you energy rather than depletes you.