We have a little fruit orchard at our humble farmhouse right now, consisting of 2 peach trees, 2 plum trees and 2 apple trees - how lucky are we?! Right now, our peaches are bursting with the juiciest, sweetest peaches you can find!
Well, it's official, summer is upon us! As the sun reached it's highest point last week, marking the Summer Solstice, and the full moon pulled down towards us, we had a chance to align with the yin and yang within us and surrounding us. As we transition into the summer season, let's all remember to dance with this delicate balance.
Is anyone else sweltering in this outrageous heat?! Maybe it's just my Pitta nature, but I have been experiencing a major increase in being 'pitta provoked', aka an imbalance in my pitta dominant dosha. This is all Ayurveda speak in case you were wondering, which is the study of life from a yoga perspective. Simply put, the doshas correlate to the seasons, one of them being summer / pitta.
When pitta is 'provoked', it gets really hot and bothered, becomes sharp and intense and is in need of some cool, sweet, restorative calmness!
There are many ways to stay cool in the summer, which you can read in my last post here, but I've added this delightful tip too! Go buy yourself some rosewater and spray it all over your body, put it in your body oil, or in an aromatherapy diffuser and bask in the sweet softness! You can even try this recipe which I plan on doing soon too, to make a Rosewater Limeade!
Stay Cool (try this other tip), and Spray Rosewater this Summer!
It's finally feeling like summer here on good ole Cape Cod! Summertime is associated with the Pitta Season in Ayurveda Practices so that's why I ordered Pitta Massage Oil for my skin! This awesome concoction was formulated with specific cooling and cleansing herbs like brahmi that keep the body and mind cool in the heat of the summer. I practice a self massage everyday called abyhanga in Ayurveda. It's a very calm and grounding ritual that I love in my self care practices which helps remove toxins and promote healthy circulation.
Pitta is linked to the fire element of nature which correlates with our digestion. Nature has it all figured out for us, Thank God, to help us stay cool during these months with the cooling qualities that come from fruits and veggies! Think berries, cucumbers, and coconut water to name a few. That's why it's SO important to eat locally and with the seasons!
Some basic suggestions during the heat of summer are to be sure to stay hydrated with cool water, adding some mint leaves or steeping a cup of mint iced tea to really keep you extra cool, and to try not to be outside in the bright sun during the peak hours of 10-2.. You can read the full summer guide here from one of my favorite Ayurveda sites and see which supplements, yoga poses and dietary suggestions may be beneficial to you. I highly recommend reading it!!! Also, check my latest post for an ayurvedic approach to growing healthy hair! :)
Salute to Summer!