Ayurvedic tips to stay cool this summer!

 

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Summer is officially here!

 

According to Ayurveda, the summer solstice signifies a period of dehydration, during which time our bodies can become depleted and fatigued, and healing slows. Gradually, the seasons shift toward a period of hydration at the winter solstice, passing through balance at the fall equinox.

 

Luckily, the Ayurvedic science of Ritucharya (seasonal behavior) teaches us how to stay healthy during the changing seasons by adopting balancing seasonal regimens. For summertime, that means turning to cooling foods, drinks and lifestyle routines.

 

As we shift into summer, get up earlier when it’s still cool. Try not to spend too much time in the heat. Stay balanced in your physical activities – have fun, but don’t overdo it! Wear cooler cotton or silk clothes. Use cooling aromas or essential oils such as sandalwood or rose. You might even try rinsing your mouth with cooling herbs such as neem and mint after brushing your teeth.

 

Incorporate bitter and sweet tastes into your diet. Bitter taste, which is cooling, is composed of air and ether elements. These elements are predominate in the mind and keep us physically and mentally even in the heat. Sweet taste, which is composed of earth and water elements, is grounding, cooling and calming.

 

Focus on the fresh, sweet fruits and vegetables that grow this season. Some ideal summer foods include:

 

*  Cucumber

*  Watermelon

*  Coconut

*  Grapes

*  Pineapple

*  Apricots

*  Cabbage

*  Black olives

*  Squash

*  White beans

*  Sprouts

*  Sweet potatoes

*  Wheat

*  Rice

*  Grains

 

Here are a few delicious and easy to prepare recipes that are perfect for summertime:

 

Maple Mint Cooler

Raspberry Lime Refresh

Rose Lassi and Summer Stuffed Tomatoes

 

Enjoy your summer!

 

~Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

 


3 Comments

  • Allie says:

    I just wanted to let you all know how much I love your teas. I have had so many and I truly love them ALL. So thank you. I do wish there was less packaging to reduce waste although it won’t stop me from buying your tea.
    Live long and prosper.

  • kathy says:

    Fascinating information. I live in the desert southwest where temperatures are 110+ for a good part of the summer. Your information is very interesting and a very good reminder to lay back during the heat. Thank you!

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Allie! We’re pleased to hear how much you enjoy our teas and appreciate your desire to reduce waste.

    Here at Yogi, we are committed to sustainability, and are actively doing our part to protect our forests and reduce landfill burden. Our tea cartons use 100% recycled paperboard and 55% post-consumer waste content, and we print all of our packaging with environmentally-friendly, vegetable-based inks. All Yogi tea cartons are recyclable, and our tea bag filter paper is oxygen bleached using a natural process free of chemicals or toxins. Our case box is made of 100% recycled cardboard and was recently updated to use 13% less corrugate than our previous case box. This equates to over 110,000 pounds or 1 million square feet every year!

    All components of our tea bags are compostable with the exception of the staples used to seal the bag and attach the tag. Also, we’re happy to share that we recently invested in some additional tea machines that do not use staples. While we also continue to use our existing machinery that does use staples, approximately 40% of all Yogi teas produced are now being packaged on these new machines, and we are happy to be taking steps towards full production of Yogi teas in fully compostable tea bags.

    Thank you again & Be well!

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