What’s Your Dosha? Part Three ~ Pitta

Fire and water

When we enter the summer season, we enter the season of Pitta. The two of the five elements that come together to form the Pitta force is water and fire. The qualities of this dosha are described as hot, light, sharp, fluid, soft and clear.  Pitta governs the quality of transformation.  If we have too much Pitta, this can cause hormonal imbalance, ulcers, anger, and irritated skin conditions. If we have too little Pitta, our metabolism can become sluggish, we can experience indigestion and a cluttered, confused mind.

Are you a fiery, passionate Pitta?  Check out these characteristics of a Pitta individual below to see if any sound familiar to you.

The Pitta body type is comparable to the mesomorph body type. Their body frame is proportionate and they can gain and lose weight relatively easily. Their skin is usually sensitive, oily and warm to the touch.  Their skin can burn easily with moles and freckles being fairly common as well as acne prone. Pitta types usually have blonde or reddish hair with sharp, penetrating eyes. Because they can be aggressive in nature, they love competition. Their memory is sharp and their speech can also be sharp and somewhat sarcastic. Pitta individuals can become angry and jealous when under stress. Their dreams are like their personality, fiery and passionate.
When ill, Pitta individuals usually will experience fever, inflammation and infection.

Here are some guidelines to help keep Pitta individuals balanced:

  • Choose cool foods and drinks; foods to choose are those that are sweet, bitter and astringent in taste.
  • Take a walk in the cool air
  • Have fresh flowers in your house
  • Where blue and green clothing colors
  • Meditate
  • Where silver jewelry as opposed to gold
  • Avoid excess sun exposure, saunas and hot tubs
  • Massage your scalp with coconut oil
  • Practice cooling breath – roll your tongue and inhale through your rolled tongue then exhale through your nose – do a couple rounds of this breath

Since the qualities of Pitta are hot, light, sharp, and fluid (wet), essential oils that would help pacify Pitta are cooling, drying, calming and ones that dispel heat. Some of these essential oils are chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint, yarrow, lemongrass, clary sage, lime, lavender, sandalwood, rose, tea tree and ylang ylang.

Remember we all are a combination of the three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha and everyone’s life circumstances and geographic location are different which can affect this combination.

*This article is intended to give out information only, not replacing medical care. Always seek medical attention when starting a new diet or exercise program.

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