My go-to drink in the summertime is actually peppermint tea and it’s the perfect Ayurvedic beverage for summer. Hot or room temperature, peppermint tea is delicious and loved by all. It’s refreshing to the palette and cools Pitta dosha which potentially becomes aggravated in the hot Pitta season of summer.
Hot tea in the summer?
Let me explain. According to Ayurveda, ice cold drinks impede the natural digestive process and should be avoided. Though initially cold drinks may seem to provide some relief in the hot weather, they actually put out the digestive fire or agni. Ayurveda recommends room temperature or warm beverages to keep agni kindled.
So how then can one cool off? According to Ayurveda, foods and beverages should be selected based on one’s constitution and present condition. Opposite qualities bring balance.
Peppermint is cooling as well as cucumber, coconut and ash gourd. Cooling foods can help keep pitta dosha in check in the summer. Pittas should also favor the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and avoid spicy, sour, fermented, pungent and salty tastes.
Peppermint is also known for it’s positive effects on the digestive system.
Coffee and other caffeinated beverages are not good, they derange all the doshas. Smoothies are usually combinations of foods that don’t digest well together like fruit and yogurt. As a result they can be difficult to digest. Carbonated beverages should also be avoided as they introduce air or gas into the digestive system.
My suggestion this summer, cool down with a cup of hot or room temperature peppermint tea.
Steep 1/2 tbsp fresh or dry peppermint leaves in 2 c boiling water.
Let cool, then enjoy hot or room temperature.
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