When the thermometer seems relentless, the key to a kinder
personality lies in the understanding that summer is a firey season of
aggravated Pitta. When provoked, Pitta generally reacts with irritability,
resistance, and aggression. Pitta people have a basic need for sweetness and
beauty. When overheated, Pitta needs a gentle yes to calm them into a more
amiable easiness. They respond best to cooling, calming balms like sitting under
the moon, in the shade of a tree, and sweet foods with a pleasant aroma.
Rosewater Lemonade brings sweetness and beauty into the day, calming their
agitated mind. The mere smell of a rose cools their anger and criticism. Knowing
this about Pitta helps you to please and nurture yourself or a loved one, rather
than provoke them.
Rosewater relieves and cools inflammation. It's great
for spraying on your sunburned skin or summer rashes, but it also heals and
soothes internal tissues as well. It has a mild astringency that tones tissues,
including the digestive tract.
Lemons cool the skin because they help
you sweat. Lemons cleanse the blood of impurities, aid digestion and quench
thirst. Although lemons are heating in the digestive tract, they are a cooling
astringent in the blood. Sour taste focuses a scattered mind and helps nudge
your thoughts from the head back to the heart, the seat of kindness. For an even
more Pitta cooling effect, add lime instead of lemon and maple syrup instead of
raw sugar. Kapha may prefer honey.
A wonderful, refreshing substitute for iced
tea. It is inspired by a Tunisian drink with lemons and orange blossom water.
Rosewater is the water leftover from the production of rose essential oil. It
has an uplifting rose fragrance. As Ayurveda students, we sprayed ourselves with
rosewater mist on hot days to keep cool. Rosewater is available in most Indian
and Middle Eastern grocery stores.
1/8 whole Lemon
1 tsp. Raw Sugar
1/8 tsp. Rose Water
2 c Water
Recipe from www.joyfulbelly.com