Summer is my favorite season. It is when I feel most alive with all the boundless offerings it provides. I love the hot sun on my skin, endless beach days, watching the streets full of people and getting lost in the farm stands in full bloom with flowers, fruits and veggies.
It is the time when I feel most vibrant, energetic and motivated. It is the perfect time to go outside and play, get sun kissed, and enjoy life outdoors. In Ayurverda, it is considered the Pitta season due to its hot, penetrating and sharp qualities...just like the sun. Sound familiar?
When we are in tune with the elements and natural rhythms, our bodies, because they are so incredibly intelligent, will instinctively crave more cooling foods to balance the heat inside and out and avoid rashes and other skin irritations.
One of my favorite things to do this season is explore the local markets for new plant offerings each week and get inspired to create new infusions, meals and my own beauty products. Here are some of my favorite summer tips and recipes to keep you balanced, nourished, radiant and cool this season.
My 5 top tips and recipes
1. HAIR OILING: After spending lots of time at the beach oiling my hair is number one in my daily rituals to keep my hair hydrated and healthy. Applying oil to the hair and scalp is an ancient and traditional way to improve the quality and strength of hair.
There are two ways to do it:
Apply a good amount of coconut oil or the oil of your preference to your scalp and give yourself a massage. Wrap your hair in a towel, go to sleep and shampoo the next day.
My favorite way to oil my hair though is micro dosing it with oil daily. I make a hair oil infusion of my own combining different kinds of oils or I just apply a few drops of Argan, jojoba or any other oil I have at hand to the ends of my hair.
Choose the oil that works best for your type.
2. Cool Rose Quartz Face Rolling:
Put a rose quartz face roller in the fridge and give yourself a face massage! This is a great way to reduce summer inflammation, puffiness, increasing circulation, detoxifying and boosting collagen and elastin in the skin. This ritual does not only relaxes you and feels great but it will cool, tone and reduce fine lines in your skin.
Use on the face and neck with upward sweeping motions.
In the summertime pores tend to clog more with sweat, suncreams and dirt so it it very important to scrub our skin to keep it free of breakouts and glowing. This is a deliciously yummy, energizing and refreshing sugar scrub which recovers moisture and provides sun repair.
Combine: 1 cup of organic turbinado sugar, 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil, 1 tbs argan oil, 1 tsp. lemon essential oil, 2 tbs, fresh lemon zest, 1 tsp. rose hip oil, 1tbs chia seeds.
Mix all the ingredients well and store in a airtight glass container up to 3 months. Great for all the body, avoid the face.
Infusions & Mocktails for the whole family
I'm obsessed with making solar infusion in the summer with any fresh flowers and herbs I find fresh or dried at the market. My son and my partner love coming home to a big pitcher of this cooling concoctions. I also use this herbal infusions as toners to cool and hydrate my skin with added; Apple cider vinegar, aloe juice or witch hazel. For the summer try a calendula, rose, chamomile or hibiscus toner.
4. Cucumber KOOLAID Magik :
A cooling, anti-inflammatory, refreshing drink for those long summer days.
- 1 large cucumber or 4 oz of juice
- 3 limes or 6 oz of juice
- 2 handfuls of fresh mint
- 1 cup boiling water
- 8 oz Coconut water
- 1 oz. aloe juice
- 1 tbs Blue Magik
- 2 tbs local raw honey or maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice
If you don't have a juicer blend the cucumber, with the lime juice and the blue magik. While you are blending steep the fresh mint for 15 min in 1 cup of boiling water. Add the sweetener to this warm mixture. Strain the cucumber juice and combine all ingredients. Place in the fridge to cool and serve cold.
5. Hibiscus Beauty Punch:
Sour herbs such as hibiscus and rosehips are considered to have a cooling effect in the body in Greek medicine. This recipe is a house staple, packed with vitamin C which is a vital molecule for skin health and immunity boosting.
- 1 tbs dried hibiscus
- 1 tsp dried rosehips
- 1 handful red raspberry leaves
- 1 handful of fresh mint
- 32 oz water
- 2 tbs honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
- 1 cup ginger kombucha
Harness the energy of the sun and let it steep in the sun for 30 min. Add your favorite sweetener. Most times I don't even add any. Combine with a cup of ginger Kombucha for an extra refreshing probiotic spritzer! Serve on ice.
NOTE: Remember that if you don't have available any of the ingredients in a recipe you always substitude or ommit. There is no right or wrong answer this is a just guide with some ideas but the plant world is your oyster to play with! Work with whatever is seasonal and available to you.
Cooling foods & herbs to use (use internally and externally ) : raw foods, fruits, cucumbers, fresh yogurt, coconut, leafy greens, cantaloupe, melon, ghee, cilantro, mint , dill , parsley, alfalfa sprouts, neem, aloe, rose, chamomile, calendula, fennel, fennel, turmeric, lemongrass, cardamom, mint, lemon balm.