Introducing Pitta Dosha
Updated: Sep 8
Lets get to know Pitta!
Pitta has the qualities of oily, penetrating, hot, light, flowing, liquid and odour.
There are 5 elements (bhutas) with Ayurveda and Pitta is made up of the two elements Water (ap or jala) and Fire (tejes).
The purpose of Pitta in the body is to transform, metabolise, rationalise, regulate body temperature, vision, thirst, hunger, digestion, adds colour/lustre and also relates to the intellect.
So if you have Pitta prominent in your constitution (Prakriti) then you have a higher tendency towards developing a Pitta based complaint... makes sense right?
When Pitta is balanced you will experience;
Strong digestive power
Vitality, energy, goal-setting inclinations, determination
Good problem solving skills, keen powers of intelligence
Decisiveness, boldness, courage, leadership, vision
Precise, orderly, efficient, adaptable
Bright complexion, enthusiasm
Sleep well for a moderate length of time
When Pitta is aggravated (Vikriti or disease state) you may experience;
Heat, redness and burning sensations
Fever and sweats
Feelings of jealousy, irritation and anger (hot temper)
Acidity, heartburn and acid reflux
Bad breath and body odour
Vision problems and conjunctivitis
Competitive and intense
Impatient, critical, argumentative and controlling
The natural site of Pitta is the small intestine but also found in liver, spleen, gall bladder, blood, skin, eyes and sweat glands.
The six tastes
Pitta increases when eating too much pungent (spicy), salty or sour foods and is reduced by eating foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent.
Pitta increases naturally in;
Adolescence to approximately 60 - think hormonal changes, higher learning, family life and career
Summer - sunburn, heat rash, sensitive eyes, irritability
the middle of the day between 10am to 2pm and the middle of the night 10pm and 2pm
So to summarise, if you have a Pitta constitution you will need to be strictest with your diet and lifestyle during the summer seasons and the middle stage of life.
As you will hear from me time and time again, like increases like and opposite qualities pacify - so when looking to pacify Pitta choose foods and lifestyle activities that are opposite in quality for example food and activities that are cooling, grounding and less oily reduce Pitta.
Essential oils that can help to balance Pitta;
Floral oils such as Rose, Jasmine, Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli
Mint and citrus oils like Spearmint, Peppermint, Orange, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime,
Spikenard, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, and Fennel
Some Young Living blends that combine these floral, citrus and mint notes are;
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