• Emily O'Brien

Easy Tips for Balancing Pitta Dosha

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Hey love.

If you’re reading this, you probably have a pitta imbalance and you’d like to get some relief. This blog post is a brief overview of some diet and lifestyle practices you can incorporate into your daily life to help bring balance back to your doshas, and in this particular case, pacify your pitta dosha.

Here are some examples of a pitta imbalance. You may have a pitta imbalance if you experience any of the following:

-Burning indigestion (heart burn, etc.)

-Frequent, loose stools

-Anger, irritability, overly intense or critical mind

-Acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin issues

-Inflammation in the body

-Burn out

-Overheated body temperature

-Excessive sweat with strong odor

The first place to start your healing journey is the food you eat. In nearly all holistic medicine practices, it’s understood that what you consume is what become. Everybody knows the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, it’s true. The food you eat becomes the very essence of your tissues, bones, muscles, and blood. Since pitta nature is hot, light, oily, and unstable, we want to take in foods that cool, calm, and stabilize our fiery body and mind. Pitta needs more sweet, bitter, and astringent foods for optimal balance. Below are some examples.

Pitta Pacifying Foods:

-Melon, especially watermelon

-Other fruits like fig, mango, pomegranate, and berries

-Veggies (most are good for pitta’s strong digestion, just steer clear of spicy and hot veggies like radish, chilies, excess garlic, onion, or mustard greens and focus more on cucumbers, artichoke, zucchini, broccoli, and other root vegetables)

-Leafy greens, especially dandelion, rhubarb, kale, and chard

-Raw vegetable and fruit juices

-Grains like oats, quinoa, rice, barley, wheat, and popcorn (just don’t add a bunch of salt to your popcorn)

-Beans (all of them!)

-Dairy (if not vegan, soft cheeses are good for pitta— just get them from local farmers if it’s an option)

-Oils like coconut, ghee, butter, or olive oil

-Nuts, especially coconut but also almonds

-Seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, chia, and flaxseeds

-Spices that are mild, soothing, and cooling like cardamom, fresh basil, mint, cumin, fennel, coriander, dill, vanilla, and turmeric

-Natural sweeteners like maple syrup and date sugar (honey tends to be too heating but it’s okay in small doses)

Pitta digestion is fast and powerful, so try to eat hardier meals that will stay with you longer. A solid serving of grains and beans added to your veggies will go a long way. Once you’ve incorporated some or all of these foods into your diet, move on to these lifestyle practices.

Pitta Pacifying Lifestyle Practices:

-Moon bathe. Especially when the moon is full, but you can do this at any phase. When the sky is dark, go outside and bathe in the moonlight. If it’s not too cold, wear minimal clothing and ideally, be barefoot. You want the moonlight to touch as much of your skin as possible. Sit down or walk around, whatever feels right, but find silence and connect with the moon energy. It is so, so healing for everyone, but pitta particularly benefits greatly from cultivating a relationship with and exposing the body to the moon.

-Minimize work schedule. Pitta tends to be super ambitious, to the point of burn out if not done mindfully. If you’re feeling like the candle is burning at both ends, shave off some of the schedule fluff. Focus on the most important, must-do activities and schedule the rest for another day so you have find more space to breathe.

-Aromatherapy. Peppermint, lavender, rose, lotus, and sandalwood are perfect for pacifying pitta dosha. Diffuse these in your oil diffuser throughout the day or put a small drop on your wrists, earlobes, belly button, or soles of the feet. You can also infuse a jar of oil with any of these plants and rub the oil on your skin. (*Interested in my pitta oil blend? Reach out :)*)

-Schedule in play and rest. Now that you’ve minimized your work schedule to the basics, fill in some of that space with some calm and some fun. Pitta energy can become very serious and intense. Allow yourself to blow off steam with something you genuinely enjoy doing. You can even schedule in a nap!

-Meditate daily. Even ten minutes a day is extremely beneficial. Here’s a link to my free guided meditations.

-Tongue scrape each morning. Before you eat or drink anything when you wake up in the morning, scrape your tongue! As your body detoxes throughout the night, the toxins accumulate on the surface of your tongue. If you wake up and go straight to the water or tea, you’re reabsorbing that ama, which will increase the physical and mental dis-eases you’re experiencing. Get a tongue scraper if you don’t have one and scrape that tongue!

-Ice baths and cold showers. Yup. They kind of suck in the present moment, but afterward you feel awesome. Truly. Cold showers can be done daily. Ice baths, on the other hand, I would suggest doing 1-2 times a month to start. Try to spend 1-7 minutes submerged in the ice. Definitely get a friend to do it with you for emotional support. (Is it just me who has a deep love-hate relationship with ice baths?)

-Wear breezy, lightweight clothing to keep the air flowing and let your skin breathe. Even consider wearing cooler colors. Blues, greens, purples, and neutral colors are great for pitta.

-Hydrate with cucumber water. Fill a big quart mason jar with spring water and cucumber slices and sip it throughout the morning.

-Practice yin or restorative yoga. If you’re a pitta dominant person, there’s a good chance you enjoy more powerful workouts or vinyasa style classes. Compliment your intense physical practices with calm, soothing, cooling practices that relax and restore the mind-body-spirit. It’ll actually improve your performance overall, too!

-Eat your meals slowly, mindfully, in a space that’s peaceful and with people you love. This will help your body digest more nutrients, increase your gratitude for the meal, and keep you fuller longer.

My suggestion is to pick a couple of these to commit to at a time. Once they’ve become second nature, move on to another few practices on the list, until eventually you’ve incorporated all these practices into your life. Your pitta will begin to calm down in no time!

This article is not intended to medically diagnose or treat anyone. For a deep dive into your personal constitution and potential imbalances, book a consultation. <3

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