Ayurveda is known as the science of life where (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge)
Ayurveda is an ancient system of health and wellness developed in India over 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is special, as it is a form of habipathy, working as a study of how a person’s habits and lifestyle directly contribute to the process of disease, and amended with diet, herbs, lifestyle and yogic practices to restore balance.
Ayurveda works via a classification system that encompasses your body type (dosha), your imbalances (guanas, tastes, elements) your digestive strength (agni) and toxicity (ama).
In Ayurveda there are three body types;
- Vata (ether + air)
- Pitta (fire + water)
- Kapha (earth + water)
Within each of us, we have all three doshas, however, we will tend to have one primary and one secondary dosha. If you would like to find out your dosha makeup, you can take this quick quiz to find out.
The Pitta Dosha
Today we introduce you to the Pitta Dosha. The Pitta Dosha governs our digestion, metabolism and energy production, where the primary function of pitta is ‘transformation’. When a person has a primary Pitta Dosha, they tend to have a fiery nature, which can manifest in both the body and mind.
The qualities of Pitta include;
When you look at a Pitta they are usually of medium weight and height. Pitta’s can also have red hair – think Donald Trump, his hair is just as fiery as his personality.
They have excellent digestion as Pitta governs digestion, however, this can also lead these people to believe that they can eat anything. They have a warm body temperature, a strong sex drive, however, they tend to sleep soundly but only for short periods of time.
It is important to remember that when in balance Pitta’s have a strong digestion, an abundance of energy, a strong appetite and a luscious complexion, however, when out of balance they can tend to suffer from excessive body heat, heartburn, indigestion and skin rashes.
Pitta’s make strong leaders as they have a powerful intellect a strong ability to concentrate and make decisions, are precise, outspoken and sharp-witted (keep in mind this is when they are in balance). However, when Pitta’s become overwhelmed they can tend to bite back with ‘What did you do wrong?” confident in their own abilities and tend to underestimate the intellect and capability of others.
When a Pitta’s get tipped out of balance, these people tend to experience excessive heat, this can be expressed via;
- red, inflamed rash, acne, cold sores
- acute inflammation in body or joints
- acid reflux, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn
- nausea or discomfort upon missing meals
- loose stools
- an uncomfortable feeling of heat in the body
- frustration, anger, irritability
- judgment, impatience, criticism, intolerance
- red, inflamed or light-sensitive eyes
- excessive perfectionist tendencies
As Ayurveda works on the basis of restoring balance via opposites, to decrease Pitta and bring this dosha back into balance, strategies focused on cooling, surrender and moderation are favoured.
Pitta pacifying Chai Tea Popsicle Recipe
These spiced chai tea latte popsicles are bursting with bold flavours. They make a perfect icy cool treat with just a hint of sweetness for a little healthy indulgence. You will need to get your hands on some icy pole / popsicle moulds to complete this recipe.
2 + 1/4 cups of water
2 + 1/4 cups of coconut milk
2 bags of organic chai tea
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground fennel seeds
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 heaped tsp organic grass fed ghee
4 tsp pure maple syrup
- In a medium sized pot, add the water and bring to a boil. Add all of the spices and whisk. Add the chai tea bags and turn off the heat.
- Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes. Lift up the tea bags and squeeze to extract remaining liquid from the bags, then discard them.
- Add the coconut milk, maple syrup and ghee into the pot and whisk to combine. Taste the tea mixture and add more sweetener if desired. Evenly distribute the liquid into each popsicle mould (we used about 6 to 7 tbsp per mould).
- Add the cover to the moulds and insert sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you are having a hard time getting the popsicle sticks to stay in place, you can wrap some foil on top of the cover then add the sticks through the foil to position them better.
- To remove the popsicles, use warm water over the moulds for about 10 seconds, then pull the sticks carefully and wriggle to withdraw. Repeat the warm water process as needed.
If desired you can add chopped pistachios for an extra crunch and dust with extra cinnamon
We’ve also crafted this recipe into a free download for you to print and keep at home. Stay tuned for more information on Ayurvedic Doshas and recipes in the coming weeks!