AYURVEDIC TIPS FOR THE SUMMER SEASON
The hot season, according to Ayurveda, is in relation with the element of Fire and the Dosha Pitta linked to heat. Pitta governs metabolism and digestion,if pitta is unbalanced, it may cause (especially when temperatures are high), rashes and dermatitis, excessive sweating, acidity in the stomach, rage attacks and feelings of strong irritability.
In order to counteract Pitta and make the heat more bearable, ayurveda suggests, to add in our diet, refreshing foods such as coconut milk, melon, cucumbers and green leaf vegetables.
To dress salad, in addition to a moderate amount of extra-virgin olive oil, we can add coriander, parsley and sprouts of Alfalfa that all have a refreshing function.
To improve digestion, lunch should be the most substantial meal because the action of Agni, that is our digestive fire, is more powerful in the central hours of the day.
Ayurveda recommends different activities during the day: a walk after the sunset and the contact with water are beneficial and relaxing practices for the mind and body.
Even sun baths of the duration of only 15 minutes, avoiding the hottest hours, help in the production of vitamin D and facilitate the good mood, fundamental part of survival for the summer season.
It is good to go to sleep at around eleven in the evening and it would be preferable to sleep on the right side of the body to open the left nostril which corresponds to the energy channel called “IDA”, to which is a refreshing action is associated precisely.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, one of the fundamental rituals is to rub oil over the whole body that in addition to nourishing the tissues in depth, proves to be a panacea for the health of the entire body. There are numerous products on the market that can help us in this sense and, with the valuable addition of essential oils, we can also have a pleasant refreshing sensation such as rose oil that helps to keep fresh.
During the summer season we can freshen up even through foot baths, after for example a hot day in which we were standing and have swollen legs and swollen feet, we can take a nice refreshing foot bath.
We use a bowl with either cold water or at room temperature.
Prepare a bowl with a tablespoon of Natural Sea Salt, one of jojoba oil and 4 drops of essential oil of peppermint. Dip your feet in the water and then pour the aromatic compound prepared previously and a spoon of sodium bicarbonate. Let your feet to soak for 15 minutes, then dry them and massage them with Shea karate to hydrate them in depth and than we will feel hydrated and refreshed.
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