Rose Water Elixir and Summer “Food for Thought”

Summer, is the season of Pitta in Ayurveda. The season can naturally increase heat in the body and cause aggravation. According to Ayurveda, sweet and watery foods are ideal in hot temperatures to bring balance to the body and mind. The digestive system becomes centrifugal, which means that the blood flow isn’t focused so much centrally as it is during the rest of the year, but instead circulates towards the extremities and thus moves the body’s heat outward. Sweating helps the body to not only eliminate toxins, but to thermoregulate itself. This is one of the fundamental reasons why the intake of anything cold/frozen is considered contraindicated, as the intake of cold causes the heat to trap within the core of the body, then causing the body to feel hotter. During this time of year, weight loss (especially for the Kapha types) becomes easier as the heat of the sun causes the lymphatic to drain. As for the tastes that help to support balancing our digestive systems during the summer, bitters, astringents, and sweet are the tastes that Ayurveda favors this time of year. Nature encourages this as well, with bountiful vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

Without further ado, here is this month’s recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. of rose water (preferably from Heritage Stores)

12 oz. of filtered water

4 oz. a mango juice (preferably fresh)

1/4 lime squeezed in

pinch of cardamom powder

PREPARATION:

Take a 16-ounce glass and add all ingredients. Stir. Enjoy! It is quite refreshing and tasty. Cooling too without stressing the digestive system.

Optional: it may be too cooling for Kapha types, therefore, adding a pinch of cinnamon can be a nice touch. Also, you can substitute mango juice and water, and simply replace these liquids with coconut water. This is another nice variation. The key ingredient is the rose water. It’s subtle, delicate and yet…right there.

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Dr. Vishnu Aragona AD, LMT, is one of Philadelphia's leading experts in Ayurveda, with over 20 years of experience in holistic training. He has been recognized by NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association) as meeting the requirements as a Doctor of Ayurveda. Vishnu has a Master's Degree in Ayurveda and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Vishnu is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing various other modalities. He has been practicing for 22 years and teaching classical yoga rooted in Ayurveda for over 15 years. His Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage center, Still Point Ayurveda is the leading Ayurvedic Center in Philadelphia. Visit www.stillpointayurveda.com to find out more and to schedule appointments.

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