August is a great time to get outside and enjoy the last full month of summer.  Foods and practices that nourish Pitta with an eye to Vata season will set you up for the transition of late summer into fall as we move from a parched summer to more crisp, clear, dry and mobile air and temps.  Check out the lists and tips below for foods, essential oils, and 

Soothe the body inside and out


  • Favor foods that are sweet (not processed sugar), bitter and cooling
  • Drink aloe juice to soothe and cool
  • Check out the larger list below for more details


  • Abyangha (oil massage) helps seal in moisture, keeps skin hydrated and looking vibrant (sunflower, coconut, sesame, brahmi oil or a Pitta massage oil blend)
  • Rosewater eye wash
  • Soak feet in cool water (bonus: add a few drops of lavender essential oil)
  • Moon bathing

Foods to favor:

Demulcents to help nourish parched tissues and intestines – chia, flaxseed, pears, okra

Grains – barley, white basmati rice, millet, oats, whole wheat, quinoa

Dairy – milk, unsalted butter, ghee, soft cheeses (cottage cheese, cream cheese)

Nuts & seeds – coconut, sunflower, pumpkin

Oils – Ghee, olive oil, coconut

Fruits – apples, avocados, berries, stone fruits, melons, dried fruits

Veggies – sprouts, artichoke, asparagus, cruciferous (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc) bell peppers, dark leafy greens, squash/zucchini

Meats (if in your diet and best at lunch) chicken, egg whites, fresh water fish, turkey

Legumes – black lentils, chickpeas, mung beans, soy beans, split peas, tofu

Spices – cardamom, chamomile, cilantro, coconut, coriander, fennel,dill peppermint

Aloe juice 

Foods to minimize/avoid:

Foods that are fermented, sour, hot, acidic, salty and pungent

Kombucha, buttermilk, alcohol, pickles, vinegars, kefir, yogurt, sour fruits/citrus,chili peppers, nightshades, heating foods and diuretics 

Meal/snack ideas:

Matcha Chia pudding *see blog recipe

Banana n’ice cream

Quinoa buddha bowl (quinoa, lentils, veggies, tahini dressing)

Roasted root vegetable & black bean tacos

Moroccan stuffed portobellos

August essential oils & blend:

Think florals and sweets, soothing and cooling – rose, lavender, jasmine, citrus (sweet orange, tangerine, lime, clementine) clary sage, blue tansy, geranium, chamomile, spearmint, fennel, citronella, black spruce

My current fav diffuser blend

from Gifts of the Essential Oils, Adam Barralet, Vanessa Jean Boscarello Ovens

Divine Connection

Cedarwood – realigning with your core principles

Blue tansy – remember the magic in your life

Lemon – uplift, focused clarity, remember your brilliance

Wild Orange – Joy Bubbles!

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