Understanding Pitta: Fire and Passion

Understanding Pitta: Fire and Passion

Understanding Pitta: Fire and Passion

The elements that make up Pitta are fire and a tiny bit of water. The qualities of the Pitta Dosha are oiliness, sharpness, lightness and instability. You have both a mental fire and a physical fire, when Pitta is balanced you feel clarity and discernment in the mind and a healthy metabolism and temperature in the body. If your mental Pitta is weak you may be stuck in a pattern of errors, think about relationships or job choices. If you have a difficult time seeing the clear choice in situations you may also be lacking Pitta. When you have too much Pitta you may become hyper-critical, compulsive or insistent. Because Pitta is fiery you may also feel rage, a need for dominance and anger when overactive. 

A balanced Pitta: 

  • Healthy digestion

  • No excess heat or inflammation

  • Motivated, courageous and takes on leadership roles

  • Free from acne and excess oil

  • Empowering

  • Mind is clear and calm

  • Is asleep by 10:00pm

  • Kind and compassionate

An imbalanced Pitta (needs cooling): 

  • Stress and intensity

  • Excess sweat

  • Bossy, critical

  • Heartburn

  • Loose stools

  • Skin is red and has acne

  • Impatient or irritable

  • Can't fall asleep until midnight or 2am

Pacifying Pitta 

If Pitta is hot and spicy then we balance with the opposite: cool and sweet. Foods like mint, fennel, cucumber, cumin, coriander, cardamom, coconut oil and coconut water help to pacify Pitta within your body. Create a routine with each meal and do not skip any of them, your digestive system seeks consistency. Speak softly and lovingly to yourself and others, write a love note and place rose oil on your pulse points. Avoid spicy foods, hot tubs, saunas and hot weather as that will further perpetuate the nature of Pitta.

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