Stay Cool During Pitta Season
Summer brings heat, lightness and intensity. It is the season of Pitta, and whether or not you are dominant in Pitta energy, it is important to stay balanced amongst the excess heat. An excess of Pitta energy results in heartburn, ulcers, acid reflux, acne, skin rashes, irritability, and anger. To pacify Pitta, there are some general guidelines we can follow to stay balanced and clear out that extra heat.
Herbs to Cool You From the Inside-Out
Utilize these cooling herbs to help cool your body, support digestion, and soothe irritation.
Mint, especially peppermint and spearmint, is extremely accessible and very cooling for the body. It supports digestion without increasing our internal fire, relieves nausea and headaches, and promotes happiness and energy.
When applied externally, rose is extremely cooling, mind-calming, and heart-opening.
Use a high-quality rose water or Rose Hydrosol solution as a toner. Spritz on your face to cool down, mentally or physically.
Amalaki is an extremely cooling Ayurvedic herb with rejuvenative and cleansing properties. It is an Ayurvedic super-food that cleanses the colon, nourishes hair and skin, and rejuvenates the organs.
Try adding some Amalaki powder in your smoothie or mix with coconut oil to make a nourishing hair mask.
Lighten Up Your Diet
Naturally, during the summer, our bodies crave lighter and smaller meals that are easier to digest.
Eat mindfully. When you are eating consciously and savoring the taste of your food, you minimize the risk of overeating and support a healthy digestion.
Favor the sweet, bitter, astringent, and cooling tastes over sour, salty, and pungent ones.
Enjoy fresh fruits such as melons, pears, and grapes and fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cucumber, and zucchini.
Avoid heating vegetables such as carrots, beets, radishes, onions, garlic, and ginger.
Limit spicy foods such as chilies and cayenne peppers.
Sweat in the Sunshine
Summer is a great time to be outside and active but make sure you exercise at the right time with the right intensity.
Try exercising early in the morning before 10am, when the air is cool. When you begin to sweat and breathe heavier, do not push yourself much further and try to breathe through your nose as much as possible.
Engage in water-based activities, such as swimming and take evening strolls after dinner to stimulate digestion and cool the mind.
Balance Your Life with Cooling Practices
Pitta energy is intense and fiery, so make sure that energy does not sneak into your daily life. Balance work and play, do not stretch yourself too thin, and learn to say “no” when you feel overwhelmed.
Protect yourself from the sun. Try to stay out of the sun between 10am and 2pm, when it is at its hottest. If you do go out, make sure to protect yourself with sunscreen, eat sweet fruit to cool your insides, drink a lot of water, and wear sunglasses.
When you go out into the sun, wear light and breezy clothing made of cotton and silk. Carry a spray bottle of your favorite rose water to spritz on your face when you feel yourself overheating.
A fundamental principle of Ayurveda states that our lifestyle, diet, and daily routines should move harmoniously with the cycles of nature. By making conscious choices to constantly adjust and accommodate according to the season, we are able to support an optimized state of balance and health throughout the entire year. Although it may seem out-of-reach for most of us, there are very simple seasonal adjustments Ayurveda offers that are accessible and come quite naturally.
Knowing your constitution allows you to take personalized steps in creating harmony between your internal and external environment.
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