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How to Please Pitta: The Fiery Dosha

How to Please Pitta: The Fiery Dosha

If you have been suffering from acne, rashes, heartburn, acidity and frequent fits of anger, your ruling dosha or humor, according to Ayurveda, is Pitta.

Pitta dosha is composed of the elements of fire and water. So, everything in your personality, right from your skin and hair type to your moods and actions, is ‘fiery’ in nature.

If you are a pitta type:

Your skin is fair, soft and warm to the touch
It has a  lovely, rosy glow which can turn an angry red when the dosha is out of balance
You have fine, straight hair. Likely colors: red, sandy or blonde
You tend to have several freckles or moles
You have a hot temper
You are ambitious, focused and aggressive

Pitta Skin’s Typical Problems:

You are prone to ‘fiery’ issues such as rashes, rosacea, acne, liver spots and pigmentation.

You cannot bear the sun for long, and your skin can suffer sun damage very quickly.

Emotional stress causes your skin to breakout.

Tanning and heat-based therapies such as steam and sauna are an absolute no-no for you

You cannot enjoy hot, spicy foods

12 Ways to Balance Pitta

Eat lots of sweet juicy fruits (especially melons and pears), cooked greens and rose petal preserves are especially good.

Drink plenty of cool water

Use natural cosmetics, preferably dished up in your kitchen. Remember, your skin is very sensitive to chemicals.

Enjoy outdoor exercise, particularly water sports

Try yoga and meditation: very calming for your ‘hot’ personality

Splash rose water on your face. Instant bliss.

Spritz a handkerchief with a cooling rose or lavender essential oil, and inhale when you’re stressed out.

Pamper your face and neck with the soothing touch of aloe vera and sandalwood paste – they draw out the heat and replace it with a lovely, healing coolness.

Dab your skin with chilled cucumber juice.

Protect every exposed surface of your skin from the harsh sun to the extent possible – think sunscreen, hat, sunglasses

Drink cool, sweet yogurt based beverages or fresh fruit juice whenever you can.

Spend time with gentle, relaxed and happy people. They will balance out your aggressive and tension-prone personality.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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5:56AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thank you.

6:20AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:39PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

I am a pitta who has used Transcendental Meditation for over 15 years. I find it is great for reducing stress, letting go of judgment and reducing anger. I highly recommend it for pitta types.

11:02AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Thanks.

11:47AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

interesting... thanks :)

10:25AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Gladly noted darling, many thanks!

8:15AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

I like the tips, but let's be honest: Most of them have the same effects on everyone regardless of their dosha. That's why, for example, lavender essence has been used in baby's pillows for ages.
If we're upset or stressed, lavender will usually help feel better. So will doing activities we may enjoy and that focus on concentrating/meditation (yoga) or pampering ourselves (juices, protecting form sun, applying tonics and face masks...)

10:45AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Thx for sharing

11:16PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Yup, i've a pitta dosha. I've understood that no one is a single dosha but whew I think pitta is my leading, middle, and ending dosha.

I like these tips, I do some already just bc they feel good.

But aloe and sandlewood paste? As in, an essential oil of sandalwood? Sounds divvvvvvvvine.

6:52PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

I have some of these traits.... I do most of the suggestions already, pretty cool.

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