Updated: Sep 25
Qualities of Pitta
Pitta Season begins around June when the sun is highest in the sky, the days are longer and hotter, and the flowers have turned to fruit. Pitta is light, oily, hot, sharp, spreading, acidic, subtle, soft, smooth, and with color. Pitta is “that which transforms” it contains the elements of fire and water. Pitta lives in the digestive tract and rules over our metabolism and hormones. A lot of indigestion and rashes happen this time of year due to the elevated pitta in nature during this time. Think of how you get hot and sweaty in the summer, that’s elevated pitta. Pitta lives in the liver and spleen. In Chinese Medicine this time of the year is ruled by Spleen and Stomach channel. So you can see the similarities there.
Pacifying Pitta Dosha
Here are some tricks to help you bring balance back into your Pitta nature:
Eat cooling foods, like cucumber, mint, melons, berries…etc
Avoid direct sunlight during Pitta time of day 10:00-2:00
Cool showers in the morning, avoiding nightly showers.
Drink coconut water, rose/mint tea, chamomile and lavender…etc
Include sweet foods like fruit, cool temps (raw), and liquids
Protect the eyes from direct sunlight
Massage with coconut oil before going into the sun
Practice Shitali Pranayama, the cooling breath
Workout early in the morning or later in the evening
Avoid alcohol, sour, salty, pungent, and dehydrated foods.
Love making in the summer reduces our soma so sexual activity should be limited in the summer time.
Read light hearted books, focus on more spiritual aspirations
***As a rule of thumb, Ayurveda and my Teacher Dr. Heather George, would say "For whom, and when" This means that one shoe doesn't fit everyone so this is always going to be a "For me today...no...for me tomorrow yes" kinda thing****
Pitta & Summer
Summer is such a great season. Pittas love to work, but they also love to play!! Summer is the season of play. We aren’t planting seeds or harvesting the crops, so we have time to swim, laugh, and socialize. Nature has provided us plenty of fresh green leafy vegetables as well as fruits and berries. These are all naturally occurring in nature and bring us cooling qualities along with hydration!! Basically if it’s growing right now it’s good for us to be eating those foods. Pitta and Vata tend to be out of balance due to the heat and sweating. Remember to stay cool and stay hydrated.
If you notice feelings of Anger, Irritability, Agitation, Jealousy…etc you could have some excess pitta. Practice breathwork, play more, cool down, express gratitude.
If you'd like to know more about Pitta Season or what your personal nature is so that you can learn more about YOU, then feel free to book an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coaching Session with me today!