Cooling Herbs and Spices:
One easy way to prepare Pitta-pacifying foods is to add cooling spices and herbs to your foods and drinks. During the next hot months:
Add more: Anice, cardamom, coriander, cilantro, fennel, fenugreek, licorice, mint and turmeric. Simply adding mint leaves to your drinking water can provide a cooling influence.
Avoid heating spices: Cayenne, garlic, chilies and black pepper.
These are obviously general tips. Individualized recommendations for your specific state of balance and imbalance can be given to you by an Ayurveda expert in your area.
Ghee: The Perfect Summer Cooking Oil
Although most oils increase Pitta, ghee (clarified butter) has the unique property of stimulating digestion and cooling Pitta at the same time. Ghee is a cherished in Ayurveda as a nutritional food for all body types. Ghee does not burn at high temperatures, so it works great as a cooking oil.
Although yogurt is a sour food that you’ll want to avoid in summer, when blended with water and sweetener, it becomes a healthy, cooling drink called lassi. Try this recipe for delicious sweet lassi:
3 parts room-temperature, pure water
1 part freshly-made yogurt. (The fresher the yogure, the less Pitta it will have)
Raw sugar or honey or stevia to taste
Rose water to taste
Pinch of freshly ground cardamom powder
Pour ingredients into a blender and mix thoroughly
Coconut water is a great thirst quencher that comes with a long list of health benefits. High in fiber, it aids in the prevention of indigestion. Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes present in the human body: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and sodium. This makes coconut water an excellent choice for rehydrating after exercise. Coconut’s amazing ability to rehydrate was recognized in WWII, where coconut water was actually used for blood transfusions in remote Pacific outposts.
Coconut water has a soothing anti-inflammatory effect in our digestive system. Its creamy quality helps soothe inflamed mucosal membranes throughout our entire digestive tract.
Try adding some raw sugar, lime and a pinch of cardamom to coconut water for a refreshing summer drink.