According to Ayurveda, certains spices can cool you off during the summer. According to the ancient science, every individual is governed by three doshas- vata, pitta and kapha or energies that perform different physiological and psychological functions in the body.
Naina Marballi, an Ayurvedic physician at Ayurvedas World in New York, explains that pitta rules metabolism, particularly digestion, and is in charge of all processes of transformation in the body. However, too much pitta, common in summertime, can lead to inflammation, rashes, acne, sweating, and heartstroke, she adds. But as the mercury climbs, Marballi suggests including a few cooling spices in your diet to keep your pitta in balance.
Fennel (saunf) can help reduce inflammation and absorb nutrients. It also removes mucus and fat from the intestinal tract, and is a natural appetite suppressant.
Rose petals boost digestion by cooling the fiery pitta digestive tract.
Mint can be used to lighten and improve the appearance of sun-damaged and pigmented skin. Grind mint leaves, mix them with rosewater and lemon juice, and apply the mixture to the affected areas. Mint helps to soothe pitta by dispersing heat and cooling you down by opening up your pores to encourage sweating.
Turmeric is a liver cleanser and blood purifier and helps control cholesterol. It is also anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen and anti-bacterial.
Dill (shepu) can be used as a digestive tonic, to calm an upset stomach. The green color of dill leaves have an amazing capacity to fight free radicals and have the quality of being anti-bacterial.