Practices for the Waxing moon in the Summer Season
Embrace the creative juices with the energetic summer when you’re in your follicular phase. This season it’s all about trying new things, stepping into your sensual side, embracing the fun, and going with the flow of energy.
The ideas provided below are just a sample of what will be released in my upcoming book- Divine Body Wisdom.
Dance is a wonderful way to get out of your head and into your body. You don’t have to go to a dance class to receive the benefits. You can put on your favorite playlist and start moving. If you find yourself in an overly intense or angry mood, dancing or simply shaking the body can help release some of the tension.
When the heat increases outside, so can tempers, sharp tongues, and judgement. Dancing is a way to put yourself in a better mood.
There are a few cooling herbs to add into your rotation during the follicular and ovulation phases of your cycle in the summer. Anything from the mint family will work: peppermint, spearmint, basil, lavender, or rosemary.
You can incorporate these herbs into the cooking you do, body care products you use, or beverages you drink. Since alcohol further inflames the pitta dosha in the summer, here are a few fun non-alcoholic summer beverages that won’t strain your liver.
Hibiscus Mint Tea
Notes: If your vata dosha is feeling a bit out of balance, scattered, nervous, anxious, leave out the mint.
- Hibiscus improves liver function and restores the liver which can be taxed from the summer heat.
- Hibiscus cools down the body and is also high in antioxidants.
- Hibiscus also helps relieve high blood pressure.
2 tsp hibiscus
1 Tbsp mint
2 tsp sugar
12–16 oz canning jar
- Place all ingredients in a glass canning jar filled with water. Leave outside in sun for 2–4 hours.
- It is done when water is a bright pink/red color.
- Strain and serve at room temperature or chilled on ice.
- Keeps 2–3 days in fridge.
- You can also use lavender or peppermint in replacement of hibiscus to try various sun tea alternatives.
The moon is the balancing energy to the sun. Making time to get outside under the moonlight not only helps balance the pitta dosha but also the vata dosha.
Summer bedtimes might be a bit later, edging closer to 11 p.m. It’s the perfect season to receive the balancing moonlight rays. Going for a walk, sitting at a campfire, and seeing the moonlight from above helps cool the mind and body. Maybe consider doing a few moon salutations.