Holy moly, is it hot where you live? It is summa-time here! To be quite honest, now that we live by the beach in Palm Beach County, it is actually cooler here than up north in Tallahassee, where we used to live, because of the cool ocean breeze. I mean it’s only mid-July, and in Florida, August and early September are usually the most brutal, so we will see how long that breeze takes the edge off. Being too hot can wreak havoc on your state of health, but there are some things you can do to stay in balance.
In general, Ayurveda states the optimal health can only be achieved when the five elements of the body are in balance. The five elements are earth, fire, wind, space and ether.
Additionally, each person can be categorized into three different doshas: Pitta, Kapha and Vata. Each dosha has a combination of each element within. And each dosha has its own functions. You can take this online quiz to get an idea of what your primary dosha is.
In the summer with all the excess heat, the Pitta increases in your constitution. And if you already Pitta dominate in nature, like me. Summer can be tough. I am WAY more likely to bite someone’s head off in the summertime, because I have all this excess fire in me! But rest easy, there are things you can do to cool off your inner B. :) Last summer I shared about how spritzing rose water on yourself is an instant cool down tip, and below I am sharing my favorite summer cool down tea. But first a little bit more about the doshas.
- Vata is composed of air and ether.
- Pitta is composed of fire and water.
- Kapha is composed of earth and water.
Vata, because it governs all movement, is known as the “queen” of doshas. Childbirth, nervous system function, movement of food through the intestines, elimination of wastes are some of the functions of vata. Pitta dosha governs digestion, metabolism and production of heat. The function of kapha dosha is to lubricate joints, mucus production in the airways and in the gut to move food.
Cooling Summer Tea:
1 part rose petals
1 part hibiscus flowers
1 part jasmine flowers
Infuse in hot or cold water (but Lord have mercy, we are trying to cool off here, so I don’t recommend hot water!), 1 tablespoon per cup.
- Rose- is particularly good for reducing pitta, it opens the mind and heart and is cooling to the eyes.
- Hibiscus-also great at reducing heat.
- Jasmine-strongly cooling and/or calming.
Cheers to staying cool and being nice this summer!