Pacifying pitta in the summer months
In Ayurveda pitta is dominant in the warm summer months. We are typically in the warmest months and what we do right now prepares our health for the months to come. Finish your summer strong by following a few of the routines below.
Ayurvedic summer foods
In Ayurveda we like to work with opposites. It’s hot outside so we need to cool down on the inside. That starts with food. During the summer months there are many great cooling foods that are better during the warmer months such as fresh garden veggies and smoothies.
Other Summer Routines to be mindful of:
Workouts- Now is not the time to go for intense workouts. Easing up with yoga, walks, swimming and doing it during the cooler times of the day. Workout out in the middle of the afternoon during the hottest part of the day is not advised. That will overdue the pitta dosha which is the predominant dosha in the summer months.
Spray yourself with flower waters to keep cool- rose or jasmine infused water are recommended
Staying outside and enjoying the moon. The moon will help pacify the intensity of the pitta dosha.
Coconut oil yourself up! Gentle daily coconut oil self-massage will cool you down and calm the nervous system and reduce dehydration.
Drink cool but not ice cold water. You can add mint, cucumber or lime for a little twist
Avoid intensity and conflict in July & August especially from 10-2pm. That is when the heat is the strongest and tempers tend to flare. Stay away from the people who trigger arguments with you at that time of the day.
Sleep on the right side to cool the nervous system
Essential oils for summertime- Rose, lavender, jasmine, lotus & sandalwood
Slow down. The summertime is not the time to add 50 new projects to your plate but to take it easy especially during the mid-day or afternoon slump. Pick when your most productive work hard during those hours and really do minimal tasks or scroll Facebook during your non-busy hours.