Rasāsvāda is a Spirit Restorative Company based in New York City.
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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.
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.
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.
No. There is no alcohol in any of our Spirit Restoratives.
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.
As with all herbs, if you are pregnant, on medication, or have any concerns you should discuss with your medical professional before consuming Rasa.
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.
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.
Rasa has a shelf life of 18 months from the day it is produced. We recommend you refrigerate our Spirit Restoratives after opening.
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.
The liquor resulting from concentrating the essence of a substance by heating or boiling, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant.
The action of purifying a liquid by a process of heating and cooling.
Aromatic volatile oils extracted from the leaves, stems, flowers, and other parts of plants.
Any of a number of related preparations intended to concentrate and preserve the active constituents of plants.
A drink, remedy, or extract prepared by soaking the leaves of a plant or herb in liquid.
A liquid extract prepared by combining herbs with a solvent such as ethanol, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin.
A process to extract the soluble constituents of a plant with the assistance of gravity.
The action or fact of making a specified thing smaller or less in amount, degree, or size.
To immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency.
Preparation made by combining a concentrated decoction with either honey or sugar.
A medicinal extract of a plant made by soaking herbs in glycerin, alcohol, or vinegar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their uses: from medical to religious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aids the action of other ingredients of a formula, eg: encouraging assimilation, balancing energetic or other qualities, or guiding the direction of actions.
Describes herbs that help the body eliminate metabolic wastes and assimilate nutrients, therefore restoring normal function and vitality.
Lessens pain by reducing nervous system response or perception to it.
Dissolves, eliminates, or impedes the formation of mucus.
Encourages the appetite or digestion, typically preparing the digestive environment.
Causes tissue to constrict and tighten, becoming less permeable.
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.
Spice or herb with an aromatic quality that promotes digestion and soothes the gastrointestinal tract, leading to less cramping, bloating, and gas.
Stimulates the flow of bile, supporting digestive processes. Often bitter in nature.
Rich in mucilage, a slippery substance that soothes, cools, and protects internal tissue that is irritated or overexcited.
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.
Impacts the menstrual process by stimulating and regulating menstrual flow and normalizing hormonal levels, often through their action on the liver.
Promotes the natural process and resolution of fevers, resulting in return to normal temperature.
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.
Encompasses many actions related to healthy liver function and promotes maintenance of liver health.
Tonifies and strengthens the immune system.
Aids in movement of lymph through the lymphatic system.
Herbs rich in volatile oils that have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, acting as a stimulant, sedative, or tonic.
Improves cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation.
An herb that nourishes, strengthens, and tonifies.
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.
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.
A nutritive herb that supports and restores a particular organ or system.
Encourages healing of wounds or inflammation.
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