Yerba Mate is a South American herb that offers an incredible running start for kapha in the morning. Stimulating, energizing, focusing, slightly bitter and astringent in nature, yerba mate is chock-full of valuable vitamins (including A, C, B1 and B2), trace minerals (including chromium, iron and potassium), and antioxidants. It's often celebrated as a weight-management tea and tastes great with other kapha-pacifying herbs, such as tulsi, ginger, lemon, and cinnamon.
Mint is an Ayurvedic wonder herb, particularly for the way it lays excessive fire symptoms to rest. Mint cools the body, chills the mind, gently aids digestion, and—when taken with regularity—may offer relief to various forms of inflammation, including headaches and arthritis. Its refreshing properties are helpful to the extra-warm blooded. Mint tea is perfect for pitta and can be taken hot or at room temperature throughout the day. Use fresh mint whenever you have the chance.
More than just a hot drink, ginger tea is often called universal medicine in Ayurveda. It's an incredible warm tonic that aids digestion, circulation, and overall vigor. Vata types benefit from fresh ginger's incredible digestive prowess: fresh ginger root helps us to absorb and assimilate daily nutrients.
Adding additional vata-pacifying herbs like lemongrass, licorice root, and ashwaganda is a fun way to change up this timeless hot tea.
Of the three doshas in ayurveda, pitta handles wheat the best. This is because they tend to have such good digestive fire—a quality required to break down heavy or sticky foods that contain gluten. Pitta's digestion can be so good, in fact, that sometimes it needs a little cooling down. Gentle spices like coriander, mint, and rose do the trick in that department, while adding beautiful flavor and color. Adding a tablespoon or two of seeds to this dish helps boost the overall protein content.
This omelet is yolk-free on purpose: egg yolks are too hot and oily for fiery pitta. Egg whites are a pure, clean protein source, an important component in keeping pitta's vital pathways clear and in check. This simple dish truly satisfies. Try it served with a side of cool coconut oil-buttered bread or barely-sweet oatmeal.