As soon as the initial heat waves of summer are around, most of us feel the effects of increased pitta in the atmosphere - more irritability, frustration, anger. Whether you are predominantly a pitta by constitution or not, it makes sense to keep the fire element in balance during the heat of summer.
Signs of excess pitta include - skin rashes, heartburn, more stomach acidity, irritability, excess body heat and sweating. From an Ayurveda viewpoint, measures to pacify pitta can help get rid of some of these signs.
Some simple things you can do to pacify pitta and enjoy summer more.
Enjoy cooling summer beverages
Drink lots of cool pure water throughout the day. Ice cold drinks and carbonated beverages may not be good choice as they tend to disrupt digestion. Sweet fruit juices like pineapple, grape, mango are refreshing.
Eat a pitta pacifying diet
Eating more of sweet, bitter and astringent taste and less of sour, salty and pungent taste helps keep pitta in balance. I like sticking to juicy and sweet fruits like melons, pears; vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber; dairy like milk, ghee; healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado; grains like rice. Avoid spicy food and sour stuff like vinegar, sour cream. Teas with cooling spices like mint, fennel, anise, cardamom work well.
Choose cooling exercises
Swimming is very soohting for pitta dosha. Other water based sports and ice skating are good too. Stay away from strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day (typically 10 to 4)
Diffuse cooling aroma oils during the day like geranium, lavender, sandalwood
Use rose for its cooling and healing power
A teaspoon of organic rose petal spread everyday by itself or blended in milk (try coconut milk for a dairy free option) is a good choice. Also splashing some organic rose water in your bath helps !