Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Tips

Summer's on the way.  Very much on the way.  One might argue that it's here.  Although it's not June 21st yet.  But we are feeling the heat and those with a little bit of excess Pitta, the dosha of heat, might be feeling a bit hotter than the rest of us.  Maybe a bit cranky.  Maybe a bit critical.  Maybe just a bit...angry.

Some tips to stay cool and calm in the heat:

--Drink water at room temperature.  Iced cold water uses more energy (and creates heat) to bring it up to a temperature that the body can digest it at.

--Add fresh mint to your water.

--Try coconut oil...slather away.  It's cooling and calming.

--Drink coconut water.

--Drink Wise Water Tea: water with cumin, coriander, and fennel.

--Spritz your face with cooling rose water.  If your rose water is sterile you can even spritz it into the eyes which is refreshing and cooling to this overstimulated sense.

--Take a teaspoon of aloe juice before lunch and dinner.

--Stay away from coffee and alcohol which are heating and Pitta aggravating.

--SLOW DOWN.  Take the time to sit under the moon by a lake, a river, or the ocean and allow Mother Nature to cool you.

Oh, and don't forget the Neem oil for all those itchy, irritated bites and scratches!!

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