Whether the first day of summer sends you packing for the beaches or scrambling for shade, keeping relatively cool is important for all of us! Heidi’s got you covered with some easy to use tips to make the most of your time in the sun –or shade– this summer!
Heidi’s Tips to Keep Cool & Calm this Pitta Summer Season
Use shitali / cooling breath as a cooling method — your own personal air conditioning!
HOW TO PRACTICE: Breathe in through a curled tongue, breathe out through the nose. Allow the exhale to lengthen relative to the inhale.
Dress for the light
It’s not just fashionable, it’s pitta-smart!
WHAT TO WEAR: Choose clothes lighter in color and fabric , and avoid darker colors like black and red. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses! Wearing them also helps you to avoid squinting (so you can ward off the fine lines around the eyes!).
Soothe your eyes
The eyes are associated with Pitta and it is best to keep them cool and relaxed during the summer season.
WHAT TO DO: Soak cotton squares or small cloths in Organic Rose Water and keep them in the refrigerator to put on eyes.
Repel bugs + protect your skin
Neem oil makes a great bug repellent & helps relieve irritated skin or heat rashes. It also has a natural SPF content, so go ahead and apply to your skin before using your regular sunscreen.
HOW TO PREPARE: Dilute neem oil in a base of sunflower oil in the summer (heavier oils can be used in fall and winter). If you like, add a few drops of your favorite cooling essential oil, such as rose geranium or lavender!
Cool off while you moisturize
When oil feels to heavy for the summer heat, protect your skin from being sun-dried with Aloe! I prefer to use Aloe Vera Gel in the morning and oil at night. Now is the time to use a lighter cooling oil such as sunflower or coconut.
HOW TO USE: Look for an Aloe Vera Gel with as few added ingredients as possible. Or, if you can, get your aloe straight from a plant! Especially when treating burns.
What I always have in my bag
- travel size SPF
- small bottle of cooling mist
- fan – yes a fan!
Eat to beat the heat
Enjoy sweet, bitter, and astringent foods, which are energetically cooling. Avoid pungent, sour, salty, spicy foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol (which are energetically heating).
EXAMPLES OF PITTA-SOOTHING FOOD
FRUITS: Apples, Apricots, All the ‘berries’, Cantaloup, Cherries, Coconut, Grapes, Guava, Mangoes, Melons
VEGGIES: Aritchoke, Asparagus, Bitter Melon, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cilantro, Fennel, Jicama, Kale, Lettuce, Zucchini
GRAINS: Barley, Rice
LEGUMES: Adzuki, Fava, Garbanzos, Split Pea, Tofu
TEAS: Chamomile, Chicory, Dandelion, Hibiscus, Mint, Strawberry Leaf