Pitta-Pacifying Ayurvedic Hibiscus Tea (Recipe)
In Ayurveda, the summer is referred to as Pitta season. Long days of bright sun, sharp intensity, and the transformative nature of the season are directly in line with the energetics of Pitta. Pitta is composed of the elements fire and water, the objective is to keep both elements in balance. When we welcome the fullness of the sun, we welcome all the qualities of the fire element: heat, passion, light, spontaneity, intensity, and love.
While the predominant fire element this time of year can bring joyful transformation, the intensity of heat can also bring imbalances. To stay in balance during the summer, hydration is everything. Cool liquids help pacify Pitta, however, too many cooling foods and iced beverages can actually extinguish the digestive fire. Adding carminative herbs, like cardamom and ginger, help protect the digestive fire. Much like a dry sponge, our bodies can become inefficient at absorbing water in the summer. Cinnamon is especially helpful for increasing absorption and preventing dehydration. The astringent quality of hibiscus is excellent for dispelling summer heat and addition of tulsi, or holy basil, keeps this iced tea feeling fresh, floral, and joy inducing.
PITTA-PACIFYING AYURVEDIC HIBISCUS TEA
- 3 cups water
- 3 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tsp dried tulsi or handful of fresh 2-3 cardamom pods
- 3/4 inch knob of fresh ginger root, grated
- honey to taste
Boil water, pour over herbs, and add honey to taste. Allow to steep for at least 45 minutes. Chill and enjoy!