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Cooling Pitta Reducing Lassie

August 6, 2012 1 Comment

This summer, I find myself, and many others feeling the effects of the summer time heat.

Since we are in Pitta season, many of us with a pitta constitution, or those of us with existing pitta imbalances, are susceptible to pitta vitiation. These heated and aggravated symptoms manifest not only in our physical body, but as well in our mental and emotional bodies. (In many eastern and metaphysical traditions, there is a knowledge that when one part of our being is affected, this in turn affects us on many different levels.)

In the physical body this may look like rashes, redness, burning, inflammation of the skin or joints, exzema flare-ups, excessive sweating, diarrhea or loose stools, etc. In the mind and emotions you may feel easily angered, irritable, frustrated, jealous, impatient, critical, judgmental, competitive, etc. Sound familiar?

I have been feeling all of the above emotions lately stirring up, so much more than I normally do. Being able to witness these emotions at play, helps me to see that there is more pitta ( fire and water) element that is making its appearance into my being.

I love Ayurveda because it is an amazing system of science and healing. It gives you effective and easy to use tools for healing yourself. Most importantly, it gives you the knowledge to understanding the world around you, and how the natural elements of nature ( seasons, time of day, age, climate, etc) can affect our health and daily living. From that perspective, we are able to evaluate what aspects of our own life ( diet, lifestyle, season) could be contributing to our imbalances, and thus treat whatever is the cause at the root!

SO, I wanted to share with you this amazing recipe that I made yesterday. Great for pacifying pitta. *Rose is one of the best herbs to pacify pitta dosa.

I knew I would be outdoors in the sun all day, so I wanted to make sure that I keep it cool. My friend Shelby said that it tasted like ice cream, but healthier!!

Since I don’t really use measuring cups and spoons when I cook, I will do my best at being the most accurate. Feel free to modify. Here Goes:

*3/4 cup of yogurt
*1/4 tsp of cardamom
*25 oz of rosewater ( you can make your own by soaking dried rose petals in water, let it sit for a couple hours in the sun, and then strain)
*agave to sweeten ( however much you like)

*Mix it all up in a blender, or shake it well in a jar, and enjoy!!!
*Makes about 2-3 cups of yummy goodness.
*Great snack and filling drink for the little ones!

  1. Jenny
    August 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I also made a refreshing rose water spray ( with the same rose water) and put a couple drops of peppermint essential oils to keep cool when I drive, or teaching Yoga. Try it at home, its really easy and you’ll feel so much cooler after!


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