For these very hot days of summer I would like to share some practices I have found very effective in Ayurveda for feeling soothed.
According to Ayurvedic principles, it’s not a food’s temperature that makes it cooling, but rather its innate qualities. Each and every food is classified according to whether its energies promote heating or cooling. Sour, salty, or pungent foods boost heat; sweet, bitter, or astringent foods cool you down. To keep your inner thermostat in check, you need to choose the right foods—and avoid the wrong ones. Ayurveda also identifies certain fragrant essential oils as having cooling properties.
Here’s what you need to know:
If you are reluctant to cook on a hot day throw together a nice spinach salad with some steamed veggies for light meal. Eating a few little meals throughout the day will put some ease on your digestion. Fruits that cool you down are figs, prunes, raisins and pomegranates and dates.
Bag the ice! Ice cold drinks put out the essential fire of heat in the belly which means you won’t absorb nutrients from your foods. So try some fresh coconut water or aloe vera juice for chilling. And instead of grabbing a lemonade go for the limeade.. it’s more cooling.
If you opt to eat a spicy meal add lime, cilantro or coconut flakes to cool it off. Some fresh mint leaves are nice too.
A few essential oils such as sandalwood, vetiver, rose, or jasmine applied to the feet can also ease the heat. Applying oils to the body are the fastest way it can absorb into the skin for maximum results .
I hope these few reminders will allow you to enjoy the playfulness, lightness and dreaminess of spirit the summer season invokes..
Join me this evening at Atlanta Ctr for Holistic Medicine @ 7pm for a Free Class.. “Ayurveda and Vitality”- Learn ways to stay vibrant and healthy throughout the seasons.
1401 Dresden Drive 7pm Bring your friends and family to this enlightening discussion.