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Rasāsvāda
PO Box 144 New York, NY 10013

What is Rasāsvāda?

Rasāsvāda is a Spirit Restorative Company based in New York City. 

Visit our story to learn more.

Why are you called a ‘spirit restorative company’?

We are called a spirit restorative company because we make it our mission to empower people to live more fearlessly in their present moment—without judgment or apology—and find courage, clarity and connection because of it. That’s why we look to ancient wisdom and rituals from around the world and reimagine them for modern sensibilities and functional wellness demands. And why we responsibly source only the most distinct and rare whole plant ingredients known for their restorative properties.  All to prompt an elevated and sensorial awakening to the present moment that you feel compelled to revel in and learn to grow from. 

What does Rasāsvāda mean?

In Indian philosophy, rasāsvāda refers to aesthetic consciousness - a perception of pleasure or taste of bliss - in which one gets a power of healing and a power of knowing the mind.

How are Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives made?

Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives are made via a decoction process. This entails boiling whole herbal and plant material down to their pure essence. We use over forty-five rare and globally-sourced whole plant ingredients known for their restorative properties.

Visit our sourcing to learn all that goes into all our decoctions.

What ingredients go into Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives?

Visit our sourcing to learn all about all the ingredients that go into our decoctions and where they come from. 

Do Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives contain any alcohol?

No. There is no alcohol in any of our Spirit Restoratives.

Do Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives contain any allergens?

None of the eight recognized major allergens by the United States or the fourteen recognized allergens by Europe are present in any of our Spirit Restoratives. However, we recommend you check the ingredient list before consuming. 

Can you drink Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives if you are pregnant or on medication?

As with all herbs, if you are pregnant, on medication, or have any concerns you should discuss with your medical professional before consuming Rasa.

Do Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives contain quinine?

All our decoctions are made with cinchona bark, the ingredient the bitter compound quinine is derived from. There is a small amount of quinine present, so if you are highly sensitive to quinine we would advise you to consult your doctor before consuming.

Do Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives contain any additives, preservatives, sugar, calories, or carbs?

We do not believe in including additives or preservatives in our decoctions. We only use whole plants and nothing else. 

Visit Ruby ArtemisiaRose Bergamot, or Black Ginger to learn more about their specific ingredients and nutritional facts. 

How do I consume Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives?

Rasa is intended as a tool to be used on your terms in your present moment to compliment a restorative lifestyle. On its own. In cocktails. With alcohol. Or not. Whenever your spirit needs restoring. Whether you consume a 375ml bottle as your daily herbs, like Rasa’s Founder, or choose to use our recipes for inspiration, consume how you want in your here and now. 

Are Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives perishable? Do I need to keep them refrigerated?

Rasa has a shelf life of 18 months from the day it is produced. We recommend you refrigerate our Spirit Restoratives after opening.

Can you consume too much Rasāsvāda Spirit Restoratives?

As with all concentrated herbs - especially those with known restorative cognitive, physical, and wellness qualities -  effects and tolerance levels can vary dramatically by individual. Past experiences and exposure to herbs play a role as well. If you have any concerns about consuming too much Rasa, consult your doctor first. You are also welcome to contact us with any questions or concerns as well. 

Preparations

Decoction:
The liquor resulting from concentrating the essence of a substance by heating or boiling, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant.


Distillation:
The action of purifying a liquid by a process of heating and cooling.


Essential oils:
Aromatic volatile oils extracted from the leaves, stems, flowers, and other parts of plants.


Extract:
Any of a number of related preparations intended to concentrate and preserve the active constituents of plants.


Infusion:
A drink, remedy, or extract prepared by soaking the leaves of a plant or herb in liquid.


Maceration:
A liquid extract prepared by combining herbs with a solvent such as ethanol, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin.


Percolation:
A process to extract the soluble constituents of a plant with the assistance of gravity.


Reduction:
The action or fact of making a specified thing smaller or less in amount, degree, or size.


Steeping:
To immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency.


Syrup:
Preparation made by combining a concentrated decoction with either honey or sugar.


Tincture:
A medicinal extract of a plant made by soaking herbs in glycerin, alcohol, or vinegar.

Libations

Amaro:
Created during the 13th and 14th centuries to harness medicinal properties of herbs and botanicals, Italian amaro is a herbal liqueur used to prevent and treat illnesses. The profiles are built around multiple plants so that no single note dominates.


Bourbon:
Associated with the American South, this (at least) 51% corn-based spirit borrows its name from the French Bourbon dynasty, and includes other grains like malt and rye. It’s distilled below 160 proof, aged in new, charred oak barrels at no more than 125 proof for a minimum of two years.


Gin:
A neutral grain spirit flavored with juniper and other botanicals, gin was originally used as a herbal medicine in the Middle Ages. English gin is typically made in one of three styles: Plymouth, Old Tom, and London Dry.


Mezcal:
An agave-based spirit produced in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It can be made from 30 different agave varieties, but must be roasted for three to five days in wood fire heated, rock-lined pits, and covered with earth.


Vermouth:
An aromatized, fortified wine flavored with botanicals. Originating in the 18th century in Italy, Vermouth was traditionally used for medicinal purposes before
being featured as a key aperitif and ingredient in cocktails.


Whiskey:
Early Renaissance-era whiskey, made from fermented grain mash, was not as smooth, as it was not allowed to age. American whiskey must, by US law, be comprised of a minimum of 51 percent of one grain, aged in new, charred wood barrels for at least two years.

Wellness Orientations

Ayurvedic Medicine:
Translating to ‘the science of life,’ this 5,000-year-old system of medicine originated in India. It combines natural therapies with a highly personalized, holistic approach to the treatment of disease.


Ecotherapy:
Also known as nature therapy or green therapy, ecotherapy stems from the belief that people’s psyches are not isolated from the natural environment, and that regular, structured activities in nature can improve mental and physical wellbeing. This concept of connecting with nature to promote and maintain health and wellness predates the development of almost all current treatment modalities. Today, the interest and research into its effects have grown exponentially.


Ethnobotany:
The scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their uses: from medical to religious.


Herbalism/Herbology/Herbal Science:
The art and science of using plants to nourish the body, mind, and spirit. Also encompasses ritualistic, folkloric, and cultural symbolism. Herbalism includes the use of whole plants or plant extracts in the form of foods, teas, powdered herbs, liquid extracts, incense, smudges, and skin preparations.


Homeopathy:
Based on the theory ‘like cures like,’ homeopathic preparations made of diluted plant, mineral, or animal substances are “matched to specific symptom pattern profiles of illness to stimulate the body’s natural healing process” (American Botanical Council, 2016).


Indigenous or Tribal Medicine:
A healthcare system that tends to incorporate various methods of botanical and animal medicines as well as specific ceremonial rituals of the culture to cure disease. The medicinal knowledge is passed from generation to generation primarily through oral traditions, and tends to be unique to each tribe.


Phytochemistry:
The branch of chemistry concerned with plants and plant products.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
Based on a foundation of over 2,500 years of observation and practice, in the 1950s a myriad of widely used traditional practices were unified by the Chinese government, officially named Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and promoted as a system to be integrated with modern medicine. TCM describes a balance of energetics in terms of yin and yang and a vital force, Qi. The goal of TCM is to correct underlying imbalance and manifestation of illness in a person as opposed to treating a disease. In addition to herbs and food, TCM includes acupuncture, acupressure, massage, and movement therapy.


Western Herbalism:
While drawing on contemporary research of the therapeutic benefits of medicinal plants, Traditional Western herbalism has its roots in Greco- Roman medicine. It also incorporates aspects of Arabic, Ayurvedic, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Herbal Actions

Adaptogen:
A herb that helps the body resist or adapt to physical, biological, or chemical stressors. By definition, an adaptogen is non-toxic and produces minimal or no side effects.


Adjuvant:
Aids the action of other ingredients of a formula, eg: encouraging assimilation, balancing energetic or other qualities, or guiding the direction of actions.


Alterative:
Describes herbs that help the body eliminate metabolic wastes and assimilate nutrients, therefore restoring normal function and vitality.


Anodyne:
Lessens pain by reducing nervous system response or perception to it.


Anticatarrhal:
Dissolves, eliminates, or impedes the formation of mucus.


Aperient:
Encourages the appetite or digestion, typically preparing the digestive environment.


Astringent:
Causes tissue to constrict and tighten, becoming less permeable.


Bitter:
Encourages digestive secretions and good digestive function — typically by the action on bitter taste receptors. Constituents with this action may also stimulate repair mechanisms in the gut.


Carminative:
Spice or herb with an aromatic quality that promotes digestion and soothes the gastrointestinal tract, leading to less cramping, bloating, and gas.


Cholagogue:
Stimulates the flow of bile, supporting digestive processes. Often bitter in nature.


Demulcent:
Rich in mucilage, a slippery substance that soothes, cools, and protects internal tissue that is irritated or overexcited.


Diaphoretic:
Promotes sweating and elimination of waste from the pores of the skin. In the case of a fever, promotes natural progression of changes in temperature regulation.


Emmenagogue:
Impacts the menstrual process by stimulating and regulating menstrual flow and normalizing hormonal levels, often through their action on the liver.


Febrifuge:
Promotes the natural process and resolution of fevers, resulting in return to normal temperature.


Galactagogue:
Stimulates the production and flow of breast milk in lactating women. They may act hormonally, or may include herbs that are nutritive, to improve milk quality and quantity.


Hepatic:
Encompasses many actions related to healthy liver function and promotes maintenance of liver health.


Immunomodulant:
Tonifies and strengthens the immune system.


Lymphatic:
Aids in movement of lymph through the lymphatic system.


Nervine:
Herbs rich in volatile oils that have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, acting as a stimulant, sedative, or tonic.


Nootropic:
Improves cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation.


Restorative:
An herb that nourishes, strengthens, and tonifies.


Rubefacient:
Promotes dilation of capillaries near the surface of the skin, therefore promoting local circulation to bring fresh blood supply to the skin, soothing inflammation or congestion.


Sialagogue:
Promotes salivation.


Sudorific:
Promotes sweating.


Tonic:
It can mean to strengthen and enliven a specific organ or the whole body. In TCM it typically refers to nutritive therapies whereas in Western herbalism it traditionally refers to therapies that promote elimination and reduce excess.


Trophorestorative:
A nutritive herb that supports and restores a particular organ or system.


Vulnerary:
Encourages healing of wounds or inflammation.

Culinary & Mixology

The Aviary Cocktail Book

Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, & Allen Hemberger

Liquid Intelligence

David Arnold

The Bloody Mary

Brian Bartels

Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy

Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch

The Flavor Matrix

James Briscione & Brooke Parkhurst

Lush Life; Portraits from the Bar

Jill DeGroff

The Craft of the Cocktail

Dale DeGroff

The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

Dale DeGroff

Cocktail Codex

Alex Day & Nick Fauchald

Aperitif: A Spirited Guide to the Drinks, History, and Culture of the Aperitif

Kate Hawkings

Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails

David Kaplan & Nick Fauchald

The Art of Fermentation

Sandor Katz

Gin, The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival

Aaron Knoll

How to Drink French Fluently

Drew Lazor & Camille Ralph Vidal

The Food Lab:

Better Home Cooking Through Science

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Meehan’s Bartender Manual

Jim Meehan

The PDT Cocktail Book

Jim Meehan & Chris Gall

Setting the Table

Danny Meyer

The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

Jeffrey Morgenthaler

The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual

Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, & Ben Schaffer

Shake. Stir. Sip.

Kara Newman

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat & Wendy MacNaughton

What to Drink with What You Eat

Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg

Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

Brad Thomas Parsons

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

Brad Thomas Parsons

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Michael Pollan

The Noma Guide to Fermentation

René Redzepi & David Zilber

The Joy of Mixology

Gary Regan

The Nomad Cocktail Book

Leo Robitschek

The Joy of Cooking

Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, & Ethan Becker

3-Ingredient Cocktails

Robert Simonson

Wine Simple

Aldo Sohm &

Christine Muhlke

The Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart

I’m Just Here for the Drinks

Sother Teague

Cocktail Techniques

Kazuo Uyeda

Imbibe!

David Wondrich

Windows on the World Complete Wine Course

Kevin Zraly

Herbology

Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine

Thomas Bartram

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants

Andrew Chevallier

Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, vol. 1

Dr Anthony Godfrey, Dr Paul Saunders, Dr Kerry Barlow, & Dr Matt Gowan

The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook

James Green

A Modern Herbal, vols. 1 and 2

Margaret Grieve

Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine

David Hoffmann

The Herbal Kitchen

Kami McBride

The Herbalist’s Way

Nancy & Michael Phillips

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Paul Stamets

Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief

David Winston

The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, vols. 1 and 2

Matthew Wood

Self-Discovery

On Being and Essence

Aquinas

Meditations

Marcus Aurelius

The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

When Things Fall Apart

Pema Chödrön

The Healing Self

Deepak Chopra

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

Analects

Confucius

Be Here Now

Ram Dass

The Art of Living

Epictetus

Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale

L.E. Goodman translation

The Miracle of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh

Waking Up

Sam Harris

Dune

Frank Herbert

The Odyssey

Homer

Critique of Pure Reason

Immanuel Kant

The Courage to Be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera

A Sand County Almanac

Aldo Leopold

On the Nature of Things

Lucretius

I Am That

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Moby Dick

Herman Melville

Love, Freedom, Aloneness

Osho

In Search of Lost Time

Marcel Proust

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche

The Four Agreements

Miguel Ruiz

Dropping Ashes on the Buddha

Zen Master Seung Sahn

The Essential Rumi

Jalal al-Din Rumi

Logic and Knowledge

Bertrand Russell

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

Being and Nothingness

Jean-Paul Sartre

On the Shortness of Life

Seneca

Bhagavad-Gītā

Stoller-Miller

Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu

Become What You Are

Alan Watts

A Room of One’s Own

Virginia Woolf

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