Pitta is an Ayurvedic dosha or humor that represents and governs all fires that drive transformations in the body – metabolic, digestive, mental etc. The heat of summer combined with the heat of Pitta (in excess) can cause discomfort and disrupt bodily functions.
This recipe was developed to help pacify Pitta during the brutal summer of Arizona.
Before we get into the exact recipe, let’s warn you that this drink is addictive, as it tastes AMAZING and is made with only five wholesome ingredients mixed in water.
Ayurvedic Summer Lemonade Recipe
Serves 1 person
- 1 -2 cups of Water
- 2-3 tbsp soaked organic Chia Seeds (soaked for 4 hrs or overnight)
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed Lime Juice (prefer lime to lemon)
- Approximately 2 tsp organic Rose Petals
- 1 – 11/2 tsp high mineral Celtic Salt (adjust per your taste)
- 2 – 3 Medjool Dates
Blend the ingredients in your blender and it’s ready to chug! Try it and adjust the ingredients according to your personal taste. I have this lemonade all through the summer and it really makes a huge difference in keeping my body cool and hydrated from inside out.
Chia seeds are known to plump up 4-6 times their size and are deeply hydrating. They are high in Omega 3 fatty acids and help to keep the skin healthy and moisturized in summer. As per Ayurveda, Chia seeds are tridoshic (balance all 3 doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and sattvic (nourishing) in nature.
According to Ayurveda, it’s beneficial to use freshly squeezed lime juice instead of lemon juice during the summer season because lime juice pacifies Pitta (associated with Fire element) while lemon juice has a tendency to aggravate it.
I strongly encourage using organic rose petals in this drink as conventional rose petals are treated with harsh chemicals. According to Ayurveda, it’s not a coincidence that rose is associated with love and caring. It balances the sadhak pitta that governs thoughts and emotions! It’s cooling in nature and is balancing for all three doshas.
Using rose petals is a new concept in western culture; I encourage you to experiment with it by trying it out in different recipes. Here’s a Rose Smoothie recipe.
According to Ayurveda, including salt in your diet is in fact, a good thing! But it does tell you clearly it’s not our regular white table salt. In fact white table salt is the culprit in many cases involving water retention, edema, and bloating. Ayurveda teaches us to include high quality, high mineral salts like Celtic Salt or Himalayan Salt, which aid in absorption of nutrients and work as electrolytes when included in our diet.
I like using whole food sweeteners in my recipes rather than using regular sugar as they are rich in minerals and antioxidants. Dates are cooling in nature and pacify pitta dosha. They are also energizing and help to build Ojas (balanced life energy).
Pour this lemonade in a glass water bottle and take it with you to work or when running errands. It will keep you deeply hydrated and energized at the same time!
Check out this free Ayurvedic Cookbook too!