We are now officially traveling through the summer season(Pitta), which means we have transitioned from the spring (Kapha) season which saw many a cold, sinus, and allergy challenge. Each seasonal change not only presents itself externally, but internally as well. Our bodies are in sync with the earths seasonal cycles, so the heat is beginning to build and dry the heavier, stickier qualities of Kapha which melt away. On saying that, we are all unique in our constitutions, so those with more Pitta dosha (Fire element) can become somewhat, to terribly overheated if not kept in check. Here are a few recommendations to cool the fires of Pitta this season. Ghee used on rice, over lightly steamed or sauteed vegetables. (Ghee is cooling in nature) Pure, filtered water (cool to room temp) adding a few sprigs of mint (or cilantro) with cucumber Top your rice dishes with cilantro as garnish. This is balancing if there is a little more spice (heat) in your meal. Avoid tomatoes, and othere acidic type foods such as coffee, alcohol, and other hot drinks. Steam or sautee some bitter greens ( kale, dandelion, spinach). Bitter greens are cooling for the blood. Be sure to include some quiet/meditative time in your day. This calm will help to bring the fire of Pitta down. Avoid excessive sun. 15-30 minutes should do it. Beyond that, you may feel the effects negatively, not only externally but internally also! Your beautiful skin will thank you for taking care not to mistreat it! Enjoy the long, and hopefully sunny days of the summer.. be thankful for the life you live.. do one brave thing everyday, and love much.. Om. Shanti.