Beat the Summer Heat

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Summer is the pitta time of year—when pitta dosha, consisting of the fire and water elements, rules. Pitta is hot, dry, light, sharp, penetrating. Some of the common problems in summer include sunburn, redness, irritation, rashes,  acne outbreaks, also headaches, fatigue, digestive stress, frustration, impatience, and irritability. We are sharing a few tips that will help you to stay cool, especially if you live in Sri Vrndavana dhama, where summer temperatures reach up to 50°C/ 122°F. Choose food that is sweet, bitter, astringent, moist, and light.

  1. First of all, drink a lot of water. In summer it is the best to drink the water from a matka (claypot), which cools the water down, makes it alkaline, and purifies it.
    • Drink a lot of cooling drinks: Gomata’s amla juice, buttermilk, tender coconut water, lime juice, rosewater, raw mango juice, cucumber water, bael juice, sugarcane juice, fresh aloe vera juice, cumin and saffron tea.
    • Try Gomata’s limeonade: Take 1 lime, Gomata’s natural mishri sugar or khand sugar, Gomata’s rosewater, mint and matka (claypot) water. Mix it all and enjoy a refreshing and cooling drink.
    • Try Gomata’s nimbu pani. Taking lemon water with a pinch of black salt 2-3 times a day improves the absorption of minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, etc. Simply mix matka water, juice of one lime, a pinch of black salt, toasted and crushed cumin seeds and some Gomata’s natural mishri or khand sugar.
    • Make buttermilk at home: beat the yoghurt until butter separates, and then mix the liquid (buttermilk) with black salt, ground cumin and coriander leaves.
    • Replenish electrolytes and minerals.
  1. Follow a pitta pacifying diet. Know exactly which food and spices are cooling and which heating. Carefully avoid the heating food and choose the cooling food, it will make a big difference in how you feel.
    • Choose fruits like melons and other sweet fruits. Avoid sour fruits. Note that mangoes are heating so take them moderately or avoid them.
    • Eat more greens in salads and smoothies, especially choose the green leafy vegetables, cucumbers and other green vegetables like seasonal Indian vegetables tinda, parwal, torai, loki, karela, kakdi, neem leaves.
    • Rice is cooling, but chapattis may heat the body so it may be a good idea to avoid them in hot season. In summer, avoid any dry grain items like bread and cookies.
    • Most nuts and dry fruits are heating. Choose coconut, soaked raisins.
    • Use cooling spices like fennel, cumin, cardamom.
    • Avoid white sugar and honey, choose cooling natural Gomata’s mishri or khand sugar.
    • Reduce the intake of fried, oily, salty, spicy and sour food.
  2. Do not take ice cream, especially when the body is hot from walking outside. Do not take water directly after coming from outside. Let the body cool down for 15 minutes.
  3. Avoid walking outside during the hottest hours (11am-4pm). If you need to go out, carry an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun. Otherwise, you can use a hat or a turban to cover your head.
  4. Close the windows during the day and open during the night. Use fans and air conditioners but do not turn them on directly after coming back from outside, let the body cool down naturally for 15 minutes.
  5. Good quality Kajal put under the eyes cools down the body.
  6. Apply aloe vera or coconut oil on your body including the head to cool it down. Use coconut oil for self-massage. Spray rose water on your head.
  7. Try pranayama. Practice Sheetali breathing by inhaling through a curled tongue and exhaling through the nose. Regular practice of Anuloma Viloma balances the heat and cold elements or the opposing forces of the body. 
  8. Do moon salutations before going to sleep.
  9. Put cotton in your right ear.
  10. Corn flour or baby powder helps to prevent heat rash in extreme heat.
  11. Even if you don’t feel hungry, eat something (something cooling). If you don’t eat and the body becomes very weak, it will be very hard to get back on your feet again.
  12. Take a bath in a lake or river, preferably Yamuna. If you take bath in Yamuna early in the morning, it will help you to stay cool throughout the day.
  13. Take it easy, especially during the hottest hours of the day. Listen to your body and take rest when you feel tired. Exercise early in the morning when it is not hot.
  14. Wear light loose cotton or linen clothes.
  15. Massaging feet with ghee draws out the heat from the body. Rose water applied to facial skin helps to remove excess heat from the head and neck region.
  16. Use Ayurvedic herbs to reduce the heat:
    • Brahmi is known to help reduce excess heat in the nervous system therefore helping with good sleep, preventing summer migraines and irritability.
    • Shatavari helps to nourish the body and also helps towards increased absorption of water during summer.
    • Neem is also known as the cooling herb for the skin. If you have a tendency to get skin ailments in the summer, then Neem is the herb for you.
    • Turmeric helps to cleanse the liver, skin and blood by removing excess Pitta from these organs.
    • Camphor has exceptional cooling and soothing properties that soothe the irritated and itchy scalp during summer. 
    • Apply chandan paste on your forehead to reduce heat.
    • Try other herbs like anantmool, manjishtha, laung, khus, and kewda.
  17. An Ayurvedic doctor may give some yurvedic medicine to reduce heat in the body. Try Gomata’s Chandraprash, which is especially created to help reduce summer heat.

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