According to ayurveda, the pitta dosha—a subtle energy that controls metabolism and can cause us to overheat—dominates in the summertime. Pitta-related imbalances include sunburn, rashes, acne, and a hot temper. Try these cooling, ayurvedic skincare tips when the temperatures rise.
Try Nature’s Footbath
Melanie Sachs, author of Ayurvedic Beauty Care, suggests walking barefoot in the dew at dawn, in the footsteps of the yogis. The early-morning air, she says, along with the dew, is rich in prana, the life-force that animates our body, breath, and mind. This practice will keep you cool, calm, and connected to the earth all summer long.
Soothe a Sunburn
Raichur suggests applying cucumber juice, aloe vera juice, or cold buttermilk to sunburned skin.
Heal Bug Bites
Vasant Lad, author of The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, recommends dabbing equal parts tea tree oil and neem oil (available online) to swollen bug bites. You can also use neem oil as a natural bug repellant.
For more summer skincare tips, see Ayurvedic Remedies for Sunburns and Rashes.
Former Yoga International editor-in-chief Shannon Sexton writes about food, travel, yoga, and natural health.