Today marks the longest day of the year and our official entrance into Summer. Traditionally, in Ayurveda, Summer is te catalyst for Pitta season, the season of fire. This means that our bodies are more likely to overheat with emotions and physiological issues like inflammation. According to Bayan Botanicals, excess pitta can manifest in the body as:
- Acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn
- Acute inflammation in body or joints
- Discomfort or nausea upon missing meals
- Anger, irritability, frustration
- Bad breath and body odor
- Excessive sweating
- Impatience, criticism, judgment, intolerance
A great way to combat the heat is to nourish our bodies with cooling, calming foods and practices. In celebration of the Summer solstice, we are making a cooling, herbal sun tea!
Sun tea is very simple and requires only a few supplies. The recipe capitalizes on the longer day by steeping herbs using nothing but rays from our dear sun. Read below for instructions and ingredient suggestions to make your very own Pitta pacifying, Summer Sun Tea!
- Cooling loose leaf, dried or fresh herbs. Great choices include: mint, lemon verbena, cinnamon, rose petals, ginger, cardamom, fennel, coriander, basil, tumeric, or neem leaves!
- The largest jar or jug you have with lid.
- Tea strainer.
Add all ingredients into a large tea strainer. Fill your large jar with clean water. Place tea strainer inside, close up lid, and let steep in direct sun until desired color is reached. Add ice and enjoy!