How to Cool Your Pitta
And Bring Balance To Your Inner Fire
BY EMILY CRONKLETON | AWESOME AYURVEDA | BEGINNER
YOUR AYURVEDIC CONSTITUTION
Your ayurvedic constitution is a unique blend of vata, kapha, and pitta doshas. The pitta dosha is characterized by hot, intense, penetrating energies. This force is vital to activity and transformation since it’s the fire element that inspires movement and motion. Most people are prone to excess pitta, especially during hot weather.
If your system is out of balance, it’s vital that you restore harmony to the body and mind to bring about optimum levels of energy and overall well-being.
This article will highlight simple things you can do to cool down when you are experiencing an excess of pitta. While you’ll need to take long-term action for lasting results, there are lots of ways to cool pitta and rapidly bring your energy back into balance. The key is to relax and ground your body while decreasing internal heat, which helps you to stay calm mentally and physically.
WHAT IS PITTA?
The pitta constitution is associated with the steamy, hot summer season and the elements of fire and water. Balanced pitta helps one develop intellect and concentration. However, the sharp acidic nature of pitta can manifest in several ways, and in excess, is associated with high levels of drive, ambition, perfectionism or too much activity.
You may feel an excess of pita during the hotter seasons, or during times of stress, especially if you are feeling overworked or have too many emotions to process.
Expressions of Pitta Imbalance
An increase of pitta in the body can lead to physical and mental imbalances.
Be gentle with yourself as you work to correct them and bring the body back into balance.
PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS MAY MANIFEST AS:
red, inflamed or irritated skin conditions,
such as sunburn, eczema, dermatitis or acne
fever or feeling overheated
excess stomach acid and bile
piles and hemorrhages
sweating and body odor
EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMS MAY MANIFEST AS:
jealousy or envy
EATING YOUR WAY BACK TO BALANCE
The fiery aspect of pitta affects your digestion and metabolism. Therefore, following a diet to reduce pitta helps to strengthen and soothe the digestive system. Suitable foods will decrease internal heat and balance your digestive fire.
Ayurveda works with the law of opposites in order to bring the body back into balance. As such, pitta’s lightness can be balanced with stabilizing, heavy, nourishing foods that help you to ground.
INCLUDE PLENTY OF NOURISHING VEGETABLES
to your diet, such as pumpkin, and potatoes. Eat plenty of raw foods, which are naturally cooling. Make a fresh salad using leafy greens, cucumber, and celery. Broccoli, cauliflower, and green beans are also good options.
FLAVOR DENSE, DRY FOODS
to give you a stable and sustaining supply of energy. Moreover, bitter, sweet, and astringent foods also help calm pitta.
LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF TOMATOES, BEETS, EGGPLANT, AND RADISHES.
The stimulating nature of peppers, garlic, and onion is especially aggravating to the pitta dosha.
OLIVE, SUNFLOWER, AND COCONUT OILS ARE IDEAL
for reducing pitta. Avoid warming oils such as sesame, almond, and corn. Grain options include wheat, rice, barley, and oats. Avoid corn, rye, and brown rice.
such as grapes, melons, cherries, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, and pineapples are ideal for balancing pitta. Avoid sour fruits such as grapefruits, kiwis, and berries.
ORGANIC DAIRY PRODUCTS
such as milk, butter, and ghee can be consumed to cool down. Avoid sour dairy products such as yogurt, sour cream, and cheese.
ADD SOOTHING AND COOLING SPICES
such as coriander, cinnamon, and fennel to your meals. Cilantro, fennel, cardamom, and saffron are also helpful. Avoid hot spices such as ginger, cumin, clove, salt, and mustard seed.
COOLING DRINKS TO BALANCE PITTA
is an excellent drink option. It contains probiotics, plus the high vitamin and mineral content can boost your energy if the heat has you feeling drained.
will help your body cool down while boosting hydration levels. To enhance its effect and make it even more refreshing, add cucumber slices, mint, or watermelon.
FRESH COCONUT WATER
has a host of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes to hydrate and energize your body. Drinking hot herbal tea will also help you to cool down by causing you to sweat more.
FRESH ALOE VERA GEL
can be applied to your skin or used it to make a refreshing drink. Add 2 tablespoons of gel to a cup of water.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS TO DECREASE PITTA
Essential oils are a great way to cool the body down quickly. You can use cooling essential oils to combat pitta overload in several ways. Examples of cooling essential oils include peppermint, clary sage, and lemongrass. Use these oils to make a mist by adding a few drops of oil to a spray bottle of water. Keep this in the fridge and spray it on your body and face when you want to cool down. Or you can add a few drops of essential oil to a cold or frozen washcloth. Place the fabric on your forehead while you’re lying in a resting position and take this time to fully relax. Essential oils can also be added to your body lotion for a cooling effect on your skin or diffused throughout your room.
HELPFUL HERBS IN REDUCING PITTA
Several herbal options are useful in balancing pitta. You may wish to take these regularly or have them on hand to use when you’re feeling excess heat in the body.
Rituals to Calm Pitta & Unwind
Cool pitta by taking a cold bath, shower, or foot bath.
Cool pitta by taking a cold bath, shower, or foot bath. Soak your feet in a bucket of ice water for 20 minutes and allow this time for complete relaxation. Add a few drops of a cooling essential oil such as vetiver, bergamot, or eucalyptus. If you can, swim in a pool or natural water source.
Take steps to reduce your stress and limit your activity.
Avoid direct sunlight, and if you can, avoid activity during the hottest part of the day. Wear light-colored clothing in natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or rayon. Surround yourself with cooling colors such as white, blue, and green. Play soothing, relaxing music as you take time to restore your natural energy.
Take the time to MEDITATE and calm your mind, even if it’s only for ten minutes.
Taking time to ground and center will bring you a multitude of benefits. is another wonderful practice to balance pitta. The benefits of this practice can help you to release emotions, reduce stress, and cultivate mental clarity.
is a relaxing practice that calms your mind and cools your body. To do this:
 Sit in a comfortable position.
 Stick out your tongue and roll the edges together.
 If your tongue doesn’t curl, purse your lips.
 Inhale slowly through your mouth.
 Exhale out through your nose.
 Continue like this for a few minutes or longer.
When you’re feeling overheated it’s essential that you rest and rejuvenate your body and mind. Restorative and yin yoga are extremely helpful in reducing pitta. These asanas may be especially beneficial if you’re naturally inclined toward a more energetic practice, and find it challenging to relax. Make a commitment to set aside at least ten minutes a day to practice a few of these asanas.
Here are some yoga poses that are cooling:
- viparita karani
- baddha konasana
- supta baddha konasana
LAW OF OPPOSITES
Take the time to check in with yourself often and notice how you’re feeling. Focus on balancing all of the energies in your body regularly so that you receive and experience the positive attributes of each dosha. If you have any symptoms of an imbalance, take steps to move your constitution in the other direction. Remember that like creates like, so think of the law of opposites to reverse imbalances.
Maintaining a healthy balance will bring you benefits on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, allowing you to live and thrive at the highest vibration possible.