Hoping everyone had a great long weekend! While the weather in NYC looks like it’s going to remain hot for a while, Labor Day weekend is a symbolic end to summer, or Pitta season, and the beginning of fall, or Vata season.Every year, I fondly look at this transition time to fall as a new beginning. Even though I am no longer in school and don’t have kids who are either, I still think of September as the beginning of the year more so than January. The seasonal transition is an important time according to Ayurveda. At the end of a season, in this case Pitta season, the qualities that correspond with that season tend to be built up in our bodies, making us feel out of balance. So at the end of the Labor Day weekend, you might be feeling hot, oily and sharp both physically and mentally. In order to help bring these qualities back into balance so we can help our bodies and minds transition to the new season, it is an ideal time to cleanse to help expel the excess qualities that have built up in our system.
If you aren’t ready for a full out cleanse, don’t sweat it. Start with something simple such as drinking this digestive tea once a day. The tea – CCFT – which stands for Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea – is cleansing to the system and ideal to drink a half an hour before or after a meal to help with digestion. Try it out and let me know what you think!
Ayurvedic Digestive Tea
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- Boil the seeds in four cups of water and steep for 15 minutes
- Strain and enjoy!