Ah, the fiery Pitta Dosha!
In the Ayurvedic tradition, the Pitta Dosha corresponds with the elements of fire and water. This is quite a powerful combination, as polar opposites harmonize to create a constitution that is both hot, distinct, and bright, much like fire, as well as mobile, and spreading, much like water.
Their specific characteristics are often classified as oily (though this is balanced and not overly oily), sharp, hot, light, mobile, and fluid.
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People with pitta dosha constitutions tend to have a fiery personality, taking confrontation head-on, are easily riled up (or fired up), have sparking, high amounts of energy, and light, blazing eyes… You get the idea (We will try to withhold the fire puns from here on out, but no promises!).
Additional characteristics of someone with a Pitta Dosha constitution tend to include:
The elements of water and fire are interwoven into the body type of a person with a Pitta dosha. They often have soft, luminous skin but are prone to redness, irritations, and breakouts when imbalanced. Skin issues like eczema and dryness are common. Pittas are likely to have moderate, athletic body types, largely associated with their efficient metabolisms and appetites. While Pittas have alert, high energy while awakened, Pittas also tend to be the heaviest of sleepers, and are likely to have vivid, intricate dreams.
A Balanced Pitta Dosha constitution will be goal-oriented and on track, their intellect is heightened and strong, their skin is glowing and radiant, and experience a lack digestive or metabolic issues.
When Pitta is experiencing imbalance the following symptoms may occur: a Pitta’s skin breaks out into acne or rashes, the fiery aspects of their personality are heightened or intensified including severe irritability or lack of patience with others, lashing out, lack of balance at work (such as workaholic tendencies), irregular sleep patterns, trouble with their digestion, specifically indigestion and heart burn.
It is important to keep a Pitta dosha in balance, as these constitutions tend to get out of whack rather quickly, which can cause pretty significant disruptions in one’s life. If you suspect you are a Pitta, here are some tips to ensure that you keep the boiling elements within you at a low simmer:
It is important that the fire within a Pitta remains under control. To counteract this element, wear natural fibers that are cooling on your body such as hemp or silk. It is important to consume cooling foods such as juicy fruits, oily, spreading sweeteners like maple syrup and dates, fresh salads and vegetables, and cooling oils such as coconut or olive.
Don’t Sweat It
Hey Pitta – it can be easy to get you riled up. Your temperance makes you quick to react, and often with a bit of a bite. Try to be mindful of how you react to your environment. Choose your battles and let things that really don’t matter roll off of your back.
Take the Charge, but Take Care of Yourself
Your intellect and motivation are true blessings of a Pitta dosha constitution. Pittas are often dubbed with having the “Type A” personality. This can be such a blessing, but also a curse. Pittas may have a tendency to work themselves toward burnout, or pursue a goal into reckless oblivion. Find balance, and honor rest when you need (and deserve) it. Take time to integrate a gratitude practice into your daily routine, and stop once in a while to literally smell the roses.
Tone Down the Spice
When you have an already fiery disposition, incorporating things into your body that are also warming can only feed the fire within you. This can quickly set a Pitta out of balance. Choose to opt for savory, or cooling spices and herbs in the dishes and drinks you consume. Additionally, it is a good idea to avoid overly warming things such as alcohol, and to be sure to indulge in moderation in order to keep your Pitta constitution in balance.
The best herbs for a Pitta Dosha are those that help cool the heat and moisten the dryness that are associated with this dosha. Some of the following herbs and foods are perfect for including regularly into the life of a Pitta:
Our Pitta Balancing Body Oil is crafted to help moisten and cool from the outside in and makes an excellent addition to your daily routine.
You can find all of these herbs in bulk in our online or physical store. Additionally, if you feel that you are experiencing a Pitta imbalance, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our in-house herbalists to identify a solution and flesh out a plan in order to assist you in seeking balance.