As the summer sun melts away the dampness of spring, the hotter, dryer qualities of 'Pitta' season begin to unfold.
Pitta represents the energetic principles of fire and water which dominate during the summer months. Your Pitta dosha may increase during summer, making you feel the heat.
Here are four simple ways to help you stay cool...
Bitter melon, turmeric, leafy greens, cabbage and Aloe Vera juice
Rice, grains, milk, fruit and coconut water
Watermelon, mint tea and fresh coriander are also wonderfully cooling.
Ayurveda recommends eating according to your individual dosha. These tips are
general food tips only.
A personal Ayurvedic consultation provides you with a specific diet plan to suit your dosha
How to use coriander...
Grow your own...
Three green thumbed friends of Ayurvedic Essence have generously shared their tips for successfully growing coriander...
'Go hard early. When most people think about Coriander, they think of fresh summer salads. Coriander is actually a winter herb and will readily bolt to seed during the warmer months with a very frustrating harvest. Plant up big during winter and make the most of the warming curries.
Practice a 'cut and come again' technique. Rather than sporadically removing individual leaves from your plant or plants, remove the largest old stems, leaving 3-5 leaves (and buds) at the base. This allows the plant to grow new shoots and leaves with a compact form whilst reducing the ability to bolt or go to seed. You will easily double your crop from any one plant by using this simple technique' - Damien- arborist
'If you do grow coriander in summer, don't have it in full sun after mid-day because it will bolt to seed faster. After it has flowered - save the little brown seeds that appear for next years crop' - Jacqui - naturopath
'I find that coriander goes to seed very quickly in the cool temperate area where I live. I like to keep a close eye on mine in a well drained pot with plenty of sunshine by the window. If all else fails I buy my coriander fresh from the markets or Asian grocer. Look for firm stems and flat open leaves. Avoid limp bunches of herbs with leaves that are curled or slimy. If you like a bit of spice and fresh coriander is not available, then Indian Coriander Chutney is a wonderful substitute'
- Ruth - chef
Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers
with lime and coriander tofu mayonaise
As we head towards the end of the year, social engagements and festive celebrations can start to fill our calendars. Here is a great daily practice to keep your sense of calm...
Take a walk around your park, neighbourhood or oval to nurture your mind, body and spirit with your intention on:-
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