A cooling, nourishing Pitta tea is a great way to help bring the Pitta dosha into balance. Pitta tea can soothe the fiery, intense nature of Pitta types and help prevent them from developing an imbalance. Pitta tea can be especially useful during the hot summer months, when the Pitta energy is prevailing already.
Ingredients in Pitta Tea
In Ayurveda, it’s recommended to eat foods, herbs, and spices that are elementally opposed to those of your dosha. For Pitta, that means that you should consume cooling, denser foods and avoid hot and spicy things. Prime ingredients for Pitta tea would be herbs such as:
- Rose petals
Pitta Tea Recipes
Here are several examples of simple, easy-to-make Pitta tea recipes.
CCF Tea is a traditional Ayurvedic tea and remedy for digestion. CCF stands for cumin, coriander and fennel. It’s effective at soothing and aiding digestion and promoting a very gentle detoxification. When Pittas become imbalanced, they are likely to experience digestive distress, like indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. This tea helps soothe and calm the gut.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
- Optional: Add 1/4 teaspoon of Pitta pacifying herbs of your choice like rose petals, chamomile, spearmint and hibiscus
Mix all the ingredients together and pour boiled water atop them. Let them steep for 5 minutes, then strain. As a Pitta, it’s best to let the tea cool down significantly before drinking it since Pitta can be aggravated by heat.
Bedtime Spiced Milk
In Ayurveda, warm milk is a common remedy for sleeplessness. This recipe features cardamom and saffron to balance the Pitta dosha and ease you into dreamland. If you’re having trouble relaxing at night, try making this soothing tea before bedtime:
- 1 cup milk of choice (or 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water)
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil
- 3 Saffron stigmas
- Optional: Pinch of cinnamon
Boil the milk and then pour atop the ingredient. Mix and then let steep for 5 minutes. Be sure to let is cool before drinking it. Pitta tend to be aggravated by heat, so you could even stick it in the fridge for a while.
Although coffee is beloved by many Pittas, it’s actually best if Pitta types avoid or limit their consumption. That’s because coffee has a warming and stimulating effect on the body and mind. Coffee can end up increasing Pitta’s hot and fiery tendencies, leading to irritability and indigestion issues.
Instead, Pittas should consider drinking a Chyawanprash tea. Chyawanprash contains amalaki or amla berry as the main ingredient, which is a powerful, nutrient rich herb that is known for pacifying the Pitta dosha. Chyawanprash also contains adaptogens. Adaptogens are herbs that help your body adapt to stress and provide stable energy without side effects. If you’re looking for a gentle pick me up in the morning, try mixing Chyawanprash with hot water:
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon of Chyawanprash
Mix one teaspoon of Chyawanprash in warm water. Let cool and enjoy.
For more Pitta food and beverage inspiration, read Pitta Diet: What to Eat to Keep Energy Levels in Balance.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)