The summer season can bring many troubles related to pitta, one of the three basic elements of the body in Ayurvedic medicine. It can cause rashes, acne, allergies, heartburn, dehydration and even heat stroke. But not all is lost!
Fennel seeds are a great way to improve digestion and break down food particles. They can be brewed and drunk as a tea or used as a condiment.
Mint is a cooling and cleansing herb that regulates body temperature and relieves cramps, hiccups and irritable bowel syndrome. It can be used in vegetable and bean dishes, salads, drinks, sauces and marinades.
Cilantro is a source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It can be eaten raw, added to sauces, salads and drinks.
Curcuma has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with stomach upsets and colds. It can be added to all hot dishes, curries and sauces. A teaspoon of spice in a glass of warm milk with honey can help with colds.
Caraway helps to eliminate toxins, reduces flatulence and bloating. It can be added to cereal and bean dishes, as well as to drinks, it goes especially well with yogurt, smoothies and lemon-based drinks.
Cardamom is a versatile spice that has both warming and cooling properties, so it balances and regulates body temperature well. It also neutralizes excessive acidity in the stomach and helps with cramps and pain. Ground cardamom can be added to hot dishes, yogurt-based drinks, teas and desserts.
Coriander is one of the most cooling spices and contains essential oils that can relax and relieve anxiety.
Spices are not only a great way to add flavor and aroma to dishes, but they are also a healthy tool for maintaining health. They can change the quality of foods and help avoid unnecessary imbalances in the body. So don’t forget to add them to your diet to cool your body down during the summer.