It is hot here in Minnesota, unseasonably hot! I was talking to a neighbor earlier today who was remarking how cranky he gets when it’s hot. It’s super common to get hot and irritable in the heat. If you are feeling that way or experiencing other signs of heat in the system, such as skin irritation, headaches, acid indigestion, or inflammation, there are some awesome Ayurvedic remedies to help you cool off
Physically, you may want to minimize intense physical activity especially during the middle of a hot or sunny day, because intense physical activity can drive up the heat in our bodies even more. Consider instead moderate exercise, and remember to take time out to rest and relax when your body calls for it. Instead of running or jumping out in the heat, you could instead favor swimming, flow yoga, walking or restorative yoga asana.
Nutritionally, you generally want to incorporate lots of fresh local vegetables and fruits to help cool the body. Great juicy vegetables include cucumbers, sprouts, leafy sprouts, and avocado. Great fruits include fresh berries, melons, and grapes. However, with too much heat, you also want to be particularly good about avoiding fried or spicy foods, or black coffee. These can be particular strong triggers to quickly build up too much heat.
You may also want to incorporate more flowery essential oils in your life. Consider diffusing or externally applying some rose water, sandalwood, frankincense, saffron, chamomile, gardenia or jasmine. If you haven’t used essential oils before, remember to use them in moderation. The most popular way to use them is by diffusing them in a diffuser made for essential oils. You can also put a few drops on your wrist, and smell them or consider using a drop of food grade essential oils in a beverage.
Also don’t forget to drink tons of water! Adding a squeeze of lemon or lime, a pinch of salt, and a few drops of maple syrup and some coconut water if available is also a great way to make your own natural electrolyte drink.
Finally, remember to listen to your body! It’s not always easy to listen to what we may need, or take that extra minute to cool, but it really is important. I am not always good at slowing down myself, or taking breaks to cool off myself, but when I do it always helps!
I hope you have a truly wonderful June, and enjoy the vitality and warmth of the season with ease and joy!
Love and blessings,
Kerry Meath-Sinkin, CFP®AIF®, is a wealth advisor based in Minneapolis. She graduated with honors from Brown University and works with clients in the Twin cities and nationwide. Kerry believes in a holistic approach to finance. Kerry also has a passion for healthy living, is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, and public health educator. Click here to learn more about Kerry.