1. Drink a cooling infusion.
We’re all made of a mix of three Doshas: Pitta, Vata and earthy Kapha - fire, air and earth. Balancing Pitta during the summer creates a healthy body and mind. An easy and tasty way to balance Pitta is to drink fennel tea! It's very simple to make it and only takes a little bit of forethought.
Bring 4 cups of water and 1 heaping tablespoon of whole, organic fennel seeds to a simmer. Remove from heat after it starts simmering and then steep overnight. Sip this tasty tea throughout the day to regulate digestion, since it can become sluggish during hotter months, causing irritation and healthy symptoms.
2. Use rose to ease stress.
Rejuvenate your skin during the summer with a homemade rose spritz. Rose is balancing in the summer. When temperatures are rising, rose soothes the body, mind and senses.
Put 4 ounces of steam-distilled water in a small spray bottle and then add 4 - 5 drops of natural rose essential oil. Mist your face throughout the day with your eyes closed.
3. Use a grounding mudra
Channeling energy through mudras is an ancient, sacred practice. Mudras are hand gestures or formations. Mudras balance Pitta when it's in excess and you feel hot and cranky. Jala Mudra (jala means water) is a perfect mudra to cool down.
Find a comfortable seated or lying down position. Put the tips of your thumbs and pinky fingers together. Extend your three middle fingers on each hand and rest the backs of your hands/wrists on your knees with your arms straight. Hold for several breaths, or even better, 15 to 20 minutes. Relax and focus on your breath or a mantra.
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