Ojas MeaningAyurvedic practitioner, author and chef Kate O’Donnell describes ojas as “the subtle essence of our life energy”. In some ways this vital essence can be considered the eighth dhatu (bodily tissue), but it is not exactly a tissue. It is more refined and subtle than that. However, ojas can only be built after all the seven dhatus are nourished. Although a healthy immune system reflects strong ojas, ojas is more than immune function; it is the protective force behind every cell, the supreme force of stability, and resides on a subtle level in the heart. Ojas meaning can be thought of as a subtle essence or sap that gives rise to vigor and vitality. Strong ojas provides a sense of contentment and stability. As Dr. David Frawley (2000) states,
“When ojas> is sufficient, there is health. When it is deficient there is disease."