With the summer season upon us, it becomes extremely important to keep ourselves well hydrated and at the same time find ways to nourish our digestive fire (Agni). Digestion tends to be the weakest during the hot summer months as our digestive fire is constantly dispersing the internal heat to keep us cool. Summer is also the considered a pitta season. Pitta corresponds to energy that creates heat in the body. Pitta in the body is the biological combination principally of fire and water elements. With the ayurvedic principle of ‘like increases like and opposites balance’, it is important to follow diet and lifestyle choices that pacify the pitta to balance the summer heat.
Spices are a great tool to support and nourish our digestion. Cumin, Coriander, Fennel (CCF) are incredible and safe spices for all body types and in Ayurveda, we refer them as Tridoshic. Some of the benefits of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds include reducing stomach acids, intestinal gas, abdominal distention, kindles gastric fire and digestion; and improves overall metabolism.
Making tea with only cumin, coriander and fennel is an excellent choice by itself. However, the addition of rose petals elevates it to a whole new level and adds an element of love and sweetness to this drink. According to Ayurvedic wisdom, rose has a profound cooling effect on our body, mind and emotions. Rose is often used to cool and pacify a blazing hot pittta dosha. Rose balances the sadhaka pitta that govern the emotions and their effect on the heart. Sadhaka pitta can easily get aggravated in summer months when hot, humid weather increases overall pitta dosha. The cooling properties of rose not only calms the nerves and lifts the spirits but also enhances Agni, the digestive fire. Adding rose petals to this CCF spice blend is a perfect way to nurture our digestion, and bring calmness and sweetness to our fired up pitta (not to mention it creates an aesthetically pleasing blend).
This pitta pacifying spice blend of cumin, coriander, fennel and rose is a perfect addition to your personal health during summer and even all year long. Serve this at teatime and enjoy with friends or at parties for a great conversation. This makes a great gift for hostess, family and friends. You can purchase this premixed pitta pacifying spice blend from Naivedhya’s store.
Pitta Pacifying Summer Tea
Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander – 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel – 1/2 teaspoon
Dried Rose Petals – 1/2 teaspoon
Place the ingredients of the spice blends in a cup (8-10 oz).
Heat water on a stove top and pour over the spices.
Allow spices and rose petals to steep for about 5 minutes. Sip on this drink while it is warm.
Enjoy before, during or after meals. You may strain the spices if needed but not it is not required.
You can purchase a jar of this pitta pacifying spice blend by clicking here.
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