Rasa रस means “taste” or “flavor”.
When you drink your infusion, the first thing you perceive is its flavor, called “Rasa” in Sanskrit.
Once swallowed, after passing through the throat, an after taste might occur, it is called “Anurasa” in Sanskrit.
In Ayurveda, Rasa is made up of 6 flavors:
– Sweet: Madhura
– Sour: Amla
– Salty: Lavana
– Pungent: Katu
– Bitter: Tikta
– Astringent: Kashaya
Our infusions are made up of several plants and can have several flavors at the same time.
Depending on your palate, you may or may not be able to identify these different tastes.
Here is the list of infusions and their flavors:
Yoni: sweet, bitter, sour and astringent with a slight pungent aftertaste.
Dauhridaya: sweet, astringent and sour.
Aditi: sweet, astringent and slightly bitter after taste.
Kala Pushpa: sweet and spicy.
Rakta Pushpa: sweet, bitter and spicy.
Sandhi: astringent, bitter and spicy sometimes slightly sweet after taste.
Nava Vasanta: sweet, bitter and astringent with a slight pungent aftertaste.
Tikshnapaka: spicy sometimes slightly bitter in aftertaste.
Hima Paka: sweet, bitter and sour.
Dravata: sweet, bitter and sour with a slight pungent aftertaste.