Happy Summer to you and yours! At least, I think it’s summer here in the Norther hemisphere? Where I live, it’s been cold enough to merit fuzzy socks and flannel pajamas at night but I keep hoping that we get some warm weather here soon. Although, who am I kidding? As a predominantly Pitta person, I live for brisk chill days…the heat makes me crazy!
If you’re like me and need some relief from hot summer months, I’ve got some good information and recommendations for you here! Grab yourself a cool drink and settle in…
Q: What is Pitta and why does it get (h)angry in the summer time?
A: Pitta is one of the three doshas (basic constitutions) and is made up of fire and water. It’s responsible for transformation. Think of it as the spark that lights the fire. The catalyst. It’s also responsible for digestion and the seat of Pitta is in the stomach.
So, why do Pitta-predominant folks tend to (kinda) dread summer? Well, we don’t need any help in the fire department. We’re spicy enough on our own! 🙂 So, in order to have a cool, calm, chill summer, we need to keep our Pitta fire in check. Give it something to gnaw on so it doesn’t take over in the form of acid reflux, angry outbursts (emotionally), skin rashes, etc.
My personal recommendations:
- If you’ve wanted to try a raw food diet (or incorporate more raw foods into your existing diet), summer is the perfect time to do that. Just be careful. Sometimes, raw food can cause indigestion because you’re not pre-digesting the food by cooking it. But if you’ve got strong Pitta and great local produce, go raw! So much easier to do in the summer than in the winter.
- Switch up your moisturizer and just use coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for summer months and Pitta-predominant folks because it’s lighter than the traditional moisturizers used in Ayurveda (like sesame or jojoba oil). Add some lavender essential oil for a delightful pre-sleepy time moisturizer or a citrus essential oil for morning pep.
- Nadi Shodhana: Ok, I’m cheating here. This breathing exercise is good any time of year but if you find yourself being more impatient in the summer heat, your Pitta likely needs some help chilling out. Nadi Shodhana will do that right quick! Learn how HERE.
Happy Summer! <3