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Cool Yourself this Summer

Dr. Ankita

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Sandalwood oil or Sandalwood paste (made from mixing water with Sandalwood powder) has a calming, cooling effect on body and mind. It helps relieve fever and burns, and stops excessive sweating. In general it relieves Pitta dosha and helps balance the body after overexposure to the sun. The oil or the paste can help heal skin diseases such as infectious sores, ulcers, acne and rashes. Sandalwood powder helps smooth and cool the skin, and can be made into a paste, lotion or soap for cleansing, calming and hydrating sensitive or aging skin. Sandalwood acts as a disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant and sedative. It is bitter, sweet, astringent and cooling. Sandalwood balances the circulatory, digestive, respiratory and nervous systems.

Even non-caffeinated carbonated drinks disrupt the digestion and are a major cause of toxins. And ice-cold drinks are also to be avoided, as icy foods and drinks completely douse the digestive fire, again leading to toxins that detract from healthy skin.

Eat Foods that Hydrate the Skin. Eat a diet that helps cool Pitta dosha and helps purify and hydrate the skin. Start by eating at least one sweet, juicy fruit a day. Ripe summer fruits such as peaches, nectarines, plums and pears are exactly what your skin craves in the hot season. Not only do they provide an excellent source of moisture, but they cool Pitta dosha and help purify the skin at the same time. Tree-ripened, juicy summer fruits convert almost immediately into ojas, which shows up on your skin as a radiant complexion.

Massage with Cooling Herbal Oils. People think of massage as heating, but if you use Cool Sensation Massage Oil—cooling essential oils of Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Lavender in a coconut-oil base — the self-massage will not only cool your skin but purify it as well. Specially made for sensitive skin, it’s ideal for the hot summer months.

Follow your massage with a warm but not hot bath. Add lavender and rose buds for a luxurious, cooling effect. Lubricate your skin after the bath with Youthful Skin Advanced Lipid Support Body Glow. It contains a combination of 13 essential oils designed to slip through the lipid barrier to hydrate deeper skin layers than other lotions reach. Shankapushpi and other revered ayurvedic herbs settle the emotions and mind while they hydrate the cells.

Eat a bit of Gulukand (rose petal jam) each hot afternoon.

Suggested Food Choices for Pitta dosha

Grains: Rice, wheat, barley, oats, amaranth, and sago, all cooked until tender
Vegetables: Asparagus, tender and bitter greens, bitter gourd, carrots, fennel, peas, green beans, zucchini, lauki squash, artichoke, parsnips, okra, celery, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, sweet potatoes, all cooked, small quantities of raw lettuce, carrots or cucumber
Fruits: Avocado, pineapple, peaches, plums, grapes, mangoes, melons, pears, pomegranates, cherries, all kinds of berries, apples, coconut, dates, fresh and dried figs, raisins (soaked), all ripe and sweet
Lentils: Mung beans, mung dhal, red or brown lentils, small portions of garbanzos, lima beans, black beans, all cooked until butter-soft
Dairy: Whole milk, cream, butter, fresh yogurt (cooked into foods), lassi, cottage cheese, fresh paneer cheese
Oils: Ghee, olive oil, walnut oil
Herbs: Cilantro, curry leaves, parsley, fresh basil, fresh fennel, fresh mint
Nuts and Seeds: Almonds (soaked and blanched), sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Spices: Turmeric, cumin, cardamom, coriander, fennel, small quantities of black pepper, Chinese cinnamon, mint, saffron, dill, sweet orange zest
Other: Rice milk, soy milk, sucanat, turbinado sugar, date sugar, and tofu in moderation (diced small and cooked with spices)

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