Some Ideas to Calm Pitta Dosha Down

If you are a Pitta type it is easy for this dosha in your nature to become unbalanced in today’s busy, stress laden Western lifestyle where we are constantly driving ourselves – doubly so when it’s summertime. When this happens heat can build up in your system – physically as heat, rashes, inflammation, emotionally as anger and psychologically as impatience, frustration, harsh judgements. Here’s a few tips to address this.

Eat a cooling Pitta balancing diet which include foods with the cool quality like mint and watermelon! Other foods include: cucumber, celery, apples, figs, coconut, cous cous, oats, quinoa, cooked beets, avacado, adzuki beans, mung beans, dairy that isn’t salty, sour or heating, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, date sugar; and cooling spices like cardamon, cinnamon, coriander, cumin.

Avoid the pungent spices like chilli and only occasional black pepper or ginger (both heating).

Avoid processed sugar, caffiene and oily food.

Favour dense, grounding and nourishing food over light food – watch out if you are eating raw food (Pitta digestion can usually do well when including raw food in their diet, but when Pitta is out of balance choose ingredients like root vegetables over lots of light sprouts – some are fine, but again not pungent ones like radish, favour mung, sunflower and broccoli).

Favour mild flavours and qualities in your food, rather than strong sharp qualities. So as an example, for cheeses a mild, sweet goats cheese over salty or aged hard cheeses.

Maximise the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and minimize the salty, sour and pungent tastes.

Wear natural fibres that don’t trap heat inside your clothing.

Essential oils to burn or use with the right dilution: rose, geranium, jasmine and ylang ylang, will all help to sooth you.

Listen to music that calms your heart and lifts your spirit.

Surround yourself with calming colours, soft shades of blue, green, silver or grey.

Make sure you give yourself time for the things you need to do, by turning off your phone if necessary, especially if too many messages are coming through, unless someone is actually about to die it’s not as urgent as your need to have enough space to do the things you need to do in a calm way.

Begin the day at a regular time each day, sunrise, or between 6 am – 7 am if sunrise is too early for you. If you get up just before sunrise the sattvic nature of this time of day will be balancing for you, but you will need to carefully plan your afternoon and evening with enough space for yourself.

Don’t switch your phone on or use technology until after your morning routine. Before getting out of bed, prime the neuronal networks and emotional chemistry by thinking: what is my best self going to be like today and see and feel it (as soon as we go into the day our subconscious psychological and emotional patterns fire up and if there is stress in our lives unhelpful ones fire up, so it’s about taking charge of this), and think of three things you really appreciate (this sends a signal to the reptilian brain that all is well and triggers the chemicals of calm rather than stress) – stressful reactions come from the reptilian brain, when it perceives stress from our environment it rises up to defend us, hence anger, we have to train it to behave differently, bring it to heel like training a dog – in a kind but determined way.

End the day by turning off all technology and TVs etc an hour before bed, do calm abiding meditation, or listen to an audio that shifts brain from beta to theta, read  only pleasant things – no stimulation that will activate the body to create stress chemicals and hormones (hence no TV, films or books with disturbing emotions etc). Make sure you just do things that are peaceful and nurturing for that last hour. Moon bathing is very good for Pitta balancing, sitting under the stars and moon, cools pitta temperament down.