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Ayurvedic Summer Wellbeing Guide

When trying to align ourselves with the changing seasons, we need to bear in mind the great Ayurvedic principle of ‘like increasing like’. To help keep you balanced, you need a diet and lifestyle that is opposite - or balancing - to the quality of the season.

In summer, the fire element is higher with more warmth, dryness and lightness. The increase in environmental heat can influence the onset of inflammatory symptoms such as hay-fever, prickly heat and summer fevers. Similarly, our emotions can also become naturally more ‘heated’ and we may experience a tendency to become slightly more ‘hot under the collar’ in stressful or unexpected situations. So, naturally, summer is a time of calming and reducing heat.

Here are some top tips for a summer routine that will leave you feeling cool, calm and collected during the summer:

  • Wake with the rising morning sun, take advantage of our natural instinct to awaken earlier

  • Brush your teeth with cooling toothpastes such as neem or peppermint to clear heat

  • Have a light massage with cooling oils such as almond or coconut to release some of the pent-up heat accumulated overnight

  • For a blissful start to your day, walk with bare feet on a cool dewy lawn

  • Start a daily yoga or meditation practice that will calm the body and mind, cooling your internal temperature. Heat often builds in the digestive tract during the summer months, so try and incorporate abdominal stretches and twists. After your yoga practice or meditation, you can place a drop of cooling calming essential oil between the eyebrows, such as rose oil

  • Fill your diet with cooling foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent, choosing those that are light and easy to digest (see list below). Generally, avoid dark, heavier meats such as beef, lamb and pork and pungent flavors such as those in the garlic and onion family.

  • Enjoy chilled herbal teas throughout the day. Our favorite in the summer is Three Mint

  • Before bed, try rubbing the soles of your feet with a cooling oil such as almond, coconut or castor oil to draw the heat down and out of the body

  • For a bit of extra indulgence, wash your face in rosewater and fill your room with the scent of relaxing cooling scents such as rose and jasmine

  • Try and get to bed before 11pm before the levels of the fire dosha ‘pitta’ begin to peak

Cooling foods to keep in-reach

  • Berries, melons, cherries, pomegranate, grapes & coconut

  • Yogurts or cottage cheese with honey (for vata & pitta dosha)

  • Lemons and limes (for kapha dosha)

  • Barley and basmati rice

  • Chickpeas, soybeans and adzuki beans 

  • Mint, basil, cilantro, parsley and fennel

  • Cucumbers, watercress, zucchini, celery, chard & artichokes

To discover your dosha, take our online dosha and start your path of Ayurvedic journey today.

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Author: Lindsay Kluge

Herbal Educator, Pukka Herbs US

Lindsay is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a passion for bringing plants and people together. Through her work as a teacher and practitioner, she is passionate about helping people feel empowered in their health through community organic gardening, health education, and connection with nature. She has worked in clinical practiced with naturopathic doctors and MD’s alike, bridging the gap between alternative and conventional medicine to bring comprehensive, research based botanical medicine to her local communities. With an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a Masters in herbal medicine, plants are Lindsay's love language. She currently serves as the herbal educator for Pukka Herbs in the US, and teaches clinical nutrition at her alma mater, the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a guest lecturer at herbal medicine schools and conferences throughout the US.


MS Herbal Medicine

Years of Experience:

10+ years as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist practitioner

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