Well, this question was inspired by my dear friend Frank. What a great topic! I so much enjoy when people ask me this questions because it gives me the opportunity to continue my practice, to learn more, to research when I need to, to get Inspired by the gift of our Mother Earth, and to share them with you in the most knowledgeable, and humble way. So here it is!!
Going base on Ayurvedic principles August is in summer (remember other places might not be the same). Summer refers to the season of Pitta accumulation. Pitta is the qualities of the element of fire/water (in this case the water is analogous to the acids in the body). So basically lots of heat and dampness in our bodies. Dampness-heat is primarily congested bile. So this is a time where we want to clear heat and dispell dampness by drinking cold bitter herbs. Its important to understand that each body is different, with different needs, but this information can help on the basics of helping nurture, maintenance, and possibly heal our bodies starting with the roots.
Pitta is the biological fire humor or bile. It means "that which digest things" or "the heat, cook or transformation". It is our power to digest the food we eat. It is also responsible for our power to digest our life experiences, our mental digestion, and our capacity to perceive reality. Wow! Thats a lot to me :-) but so good to know!
Basically Pitta=Fire=Summer, is our fire and enthusiasm in life, our joy and laughter. I Love it! Negatively expressed it is unhealthy competition, anger, and control. No good for anyone. So base on this Amazing information I would like to share with you few herbs that I like to incorporate in my teas. This herbs will help balance our pitta constitution on this very hot summer weather we are experiencing.
In summer its important for us to drink cooling herbs like hibiscus, mint, and/or borage, and for kids, time for watermelon, and cucumber :-) This will help balance the heat in your body. You might also want to drink bitter herbs, yes, they are bitter :-) but they also are very powerful herbs that will help with congestion, and mucus cause by dampness. For some people excess of damp-heat can cause infection, so few herbs I like to implement in my tea are echinacea, golden seal, and/or oregon grape. This herbs are very strong heat-clearing use to treat infections.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer! Stay cool, drink plenty of water, eat well, rest, add few of this herbs to your next batch of tea, and spend plenty of time with your family and friend. Until next, blessings!
*I have to clarified that this information is to educate the consumer on widely accepted uses of common herbs. It is NOT intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition which requires medical attention, a health care professional should be consulted. This information reference guide is not intended to medically prescribe or promote the use of herbs for health conditions, and is in no way intended as a substitute for medical consultation.
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