Here is a twist on our original Rejuvenating Ojas Drink that has been created with a strong focus on female health. This delicious drink recipe will provide a woman nourishment at any stage of life as the ingredients will benefit everything from fertility, libido, menstrual irregularities, PMS, menopausal symptoms, bladder health, pregnancy, lactation, and postpartum. Due to the large amount of Ojas-increasing ingredients, this recipe is a female-essential for increasing energy, immunity and overall vitality!
This female tonic is filled with a wide variety of healing properties to nurture a woman’s needs and can be enjoyed routinely. It is filled with many female-health specific nutrients including calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin Bs, omega 3s, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. It can be enjoyed by all body-types (i.e. Vata, Pitta, Kapha), although the proper doshic recommendations listed below the recipe should be followed as needed (especially for Kapha types!).
Women’s Ojas Drink Recipe
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- Doshic effect: Vata↓, Pitta↓, Kapha↑*
- Makes: 16 ounces
- Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes (plus additional soaking time)
- Gluten-Free, Vegetarian (can be made vegan)
*See doshic variations at the bottom of the page to make this dish more Kapha-friendly!
Health Benefits of Women’s Ojas Drink
- Promotes healthy estrogen levels
- Supports bone health
- Reduces anemia
- Regulates menstruation
- Reduces PMS symptoms
- Supports a healthy pregnancy and easeful labor
- Essential during the postpartum period for rejuvenating the reproductive tissue and reducing overall depletion
- Promotes lactation
- Calms and prevents hot flashes (Pitta recommendations listed below the recipe should be followed)
- Beautifies the skin and hair
- Reduces signs of aging
- Supports healthy digestion and elimination
- Boosts the mood
- Promotes healthy fertility
- Enhances the libido
- Increase energy, immunity and vitality (Ojas)
- Reduces Vata imbalances (anxiety, dryness, depletion, etc)
- High speed blender (the Vitamix or Blendtec work best)
- Measuring spoons and cups
- 1 cup water
- 2 to 3 pitted medjool dates soaked in 1/2 cup of water (make sure to measure out the water as it will be added to the drink)
- 15 almonds, soaked and peeled (water will be discarded)
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (substitute with 1 teaspoon raw tahini)
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 teaspoon Shatavari powder (omit during pregnancy, but recommended for postpartum and while breastfeeding)
- 1/4 teaspoon licorice root powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon finely minced ginger or 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger
- 2 teaspoons dried organic rose petals
- 3 to 5 saffron stigmas
- 1 teaspoon cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon ghee (substitute with coconut oil if needed)
IMPORTANT NOTE: The shatavari, licorice, and flax seed should be avoided by any woman experiencing elevated estrogen levels (estrogen dominance). The flax seed can be replaced with 1 teaspoon of chia seeds if desired.
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1. Soak the dates in 1/2 cup of water overnight, making sure to remove the pits. If a speed soak is needed, use hot water and soak for a minimum of 1 hour. Save the soaking water as it will be added to the final recipe.
2. Place the almonds in water and soak overnight. Remove the skins in the morning by simply applying a bit of pressure with the finger tips. They should pop right off. If a speed soak is needed, use hot water and soak for a minimum of 1 hour or as long as needed to remove the skins easily. The soaking water should be discarded.
3. Once the soaking ingredients are ready, add the entire list of ingredients to a high speed blender. Please remember to use the 1/2 cup of date water, but discard the almond water. There will be a total of 1 1/2 cups of water in the final recipe.
4. Blend the ingredients on high for 2 to 4 minutes depending on the strength of your blender. Ideally the texture should be completely smooth and creamy.
5. Enjoy this recipe as a woman’s health tonic 2 to 5 days a week. It is recommended to drink regularly during times of pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, menopause, menstrual irregularities, low libido, low fertility, anemia, and general depletion.
Optional Doshic Variations
This recipe is overall balancing for Vata dosha. It is building (anabolic), rejuvenating, strengthening, and lubricating making it an excellent tonic for female Vata types to enjoy regularly. However, the cacao can be overly stimulating and should be omitted, especially during times of high Vata (e.g. anxiety, sleep issues, restlessness, spacey, etc).
This drink is overall beneficial for Pitta types. It is mainly cooling and will be beneficial for excessive heat in the blood, hot flashes, night sweats, etc. However, the sesame seeds (or tahini) are heating and should be omitted, the honey and molasses should be replaced with an equal amount of maple syrup and one should favor fresh ginger over dry if possible.
This recipe can be a bit heavy for Kapha types, especially if Kapha if increased (e.g. congestion, excessive weight, white coating on the tongue, dull appetite, sluggishness). For this one should reduce the almonds to 10, reduce the dates to one and omit the avocado and ghee. The flax seed can be doubled. Dry ginger powder should be favored over fresh and the amount can be increased to 1/2 teaspoon. A large pinch of black pepper can be added to reduce any remaining heavy properties and ignite the digestive fire.
Hi Danielle. Thanks for all your lovely articles and wisdom.
I have a question, however. I thought that Shatavari was the one herb that benefits pregnant women. As a practitioner, I have used it with pregnant women, as have my associates. Can you explain why you are recommending to omit it from this recipe when a woman is pregnant? Thanks.
Keep up the good work!
Thank you for your great question! There is not exactly a good reason to avoid Shatavari during pregnancy, although I have been taught to avoid it due to the stigma around taking herbs while pregnant here in the West. In India however, they do use it quite regularly for both the prenatal and postnatal period. With this being said, I still choose to recommend avoiding this herb in larger doses (such as the 1 tsp) during pregnancy unless you are under the guidance of a knowledgable practitioner. When giving a recipe to the general public, I try to steer on the safe side as it is too easy to mistreat or misuse otherwise. Thanks again for your question! I hope this finds you well:)
Something for men, please?
Thank you for your interest! I am excited to say I have another Ojas Drink recipe specific for men that will be posted this coming Friday, March 15th. This recipe focuses on increasing a man’s libido, muscle strength (and muscle recovery) and overall energy and rejuvenation. Once it is posted, you can find it on the front page of our site, through the Blog menu bar (under “recipes” or “most recent”) or on our Facebook page. Thank you for reading! I hope you will enjoy:)
Hello! Can this only be made with almonds, or is there an alternative?
Hi L! Thank you for writing in with your question. If you are not able to use almonds for any reason, you can use just about any nut or seed you prefer. The best options for women will be 7-10 walnuts, 3 Tbsp of pumpkin seeds, 15 macadamia nuts or 15 cashews. They all would be quite tasty and give their own unique health benefits. Enjoy:)
I have Vata Kapha imbalance and wondering the best way to utilize this recipe? Also what would be the signs of high estrogen levels?
Thank you 🙏🏼
Thank you for the question. For your Vata Kapha imbalance, it will be best to omit the cacao for Vata and then follow the Kapha reducing recommendations listed below the recipe. These recommendations will be beneficial for your high Kapha, but will not provoke your Vata any further.
In regards to the high estrogen symptoms, this can include fibrocystic changes in the breast, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and severe menstrual symptoms such as water retention, swollen breasts, tender breasts, and heavy bleeding. If there is a history of breast cancer or high risk, this would also be a huge red flag for adding in any estrogen-promoting food or herbs.
Thank you again for your question!
I am a Pitta Vata dosha. Lately the vata and pitta are both elevated. Could I add coconut flakes to help with the cool? I also changed the Turmeric to Manjistha to clean the blood and cool the excess Pitta from late Perimenopause. It seems to be reducing the hot flashes. I did not have a drink yesterday and had more hot flashes. I removed the cacao powder because of the increased vata. Would you recommend adding ashwangdha powder to the drink?
Thank you for your questions! The coconut flakes can be a very nice addition to this recipe for Pitta issues such as hot flashes. The Manjistha is also a nice replacement.
Yes, I would avoid the cacao as it will increase Vata as well as heat in the system. I would not recommend to add Ashwagandha however, since this herb is also very heating and will likely make the hot flashes more severe. It is great for Vata, but not so much if you are currently dealing with Pitta issues.
Thank you again for writing in! I am glad you are enjoying the drink. Please let me know if you have any further questions and I will be happy to help!
I made my drink with all the changes except the ashwangdha. It tasted great. Thanks for all your help
I tend to have low estrogen and read avocados block estrogen absorption. I’ve been substituting coconut flakes for the avocado and wondered if this is a valid concern.
Thank you for your question! Coconut flakes are a great way to make this drink creamy if the avocado is not appropriate for you. If you want an even tastier substitute however, I would suggest to try coconut butter (I enjoy “Artisana Organics” brand). If you have not heard of this, it is the coconut meat ground up into a paste and it is absolutely delicious! It blends very well in smoothies and shakes and would be a great, Ojas-enhancing addition to this drink.
Keep me posted on how it goes!
Could you please advise if pink / red rose petals are recommended?
Thank you for your question! Overall both pink and red rose petals will work great for this recipe. I personally prefer red petals since the darker the color, the more antioxidants a plant substance will contain; but both colors will be cooling, soothing, and tasty no matter which you choose. I do strongly recommend using organic petals since roses are often heavily treated with pesticides.