“Sum-mertiimmmme… and the living is easy.”
Well, that saying works for some people, but for others, the heat can be difficult to tolerate. In Ayurveda, this is Pitta season.
Pitta is ruled by fire, and those who have Pitta dosha, may be finding that they really need to stay cool in order to be happy. When one has too much heat in the body, it can affect us in many ways. It can show up in our emotions, our digestion, our skin, and other organs.
When in balance, Pitta helps us to stay focused, accomplish goals, and have healthy discrimination. When there is too much fire, we may experience irritability, intensity, impatience, anger and even skin breakouts such as rashes or indigestion. When you notice this last set of symptoms showing up, you need to take the time to start cooling off your body.
Luckily, we have tools and practices we can administer to help alleviate this excess heat.
WATER: get into the water regularly. Make water a self care practice.
Swimming in pools, rivers, lakes, ponds, or the ocean will help to balance the excess fire in our systems.
ROSEWATER: keeping hydrosols such as rosewater or lavender hydrosol on hand can bring a welcome relief to the emotions and hot or inflamed skin.
SWITCH YOUR ABHYANGA, or body oils to a more cooling oil.
Sesame oil is considered a warming oil, but coconut is cooling. I like using more neutral temperature oils such as jojoba or apricot kernel oil infused with herbs that are cooling and soothing to the nervous system and skin, like St. John’s wort. Also add cooling essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, or peppermint.
ALOE is a cooling herb that can be used externally and internally. Drink aloe juice when you are feeling overheated.
COOLING HERBAL TEAS: There are many herbs that are both tasty and cooling. Try drinking dandelion root or burdock root, red clover, peppermint, chamomile, or hibiscus tea daily to help keep the body cooled.
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