Rasayana is a Sanskrit word meaning: Path (ayana) of essence (rasa) – literally translated, a Rasayana is “that which enters the essence. It is a term that in early Ayurvedic medicine means the science of lengthening lifespan. The Sanskrit definition for a Rasayana is Yat Jara Vyadhi Nashanam Tat Rasayanam — “that which negates old age and disease.”
One of the primary goals of Ayurveda is Swaasthasya Rakshanam — preserving health — and Rasayanas are considered the primary method for maintaining health and vigor.
There are many individual fruits, herbs and spices in ayurveda that are considered Rasayanas:
- The main two fruit ingredients in Amrit, Indian Gooseberry (Amla) and Indian Gallnut (Chebulic Myrobalan), they promote bliss in body, mind, spirit and senses
- In the category of spices, Turmeric and Long Pepper (Pippali) are well known for their healing properties.