Summertime means H-O-T. And too much summer heat can mean discomfort— both inside and outside of our bodies. During hot summers, it’s common for people to suffer from physical imbalances like inflammation and infection and even “off-balance issues” like agitation and anger.
If you’re susceptible to imbalances during sweltering summers, there are ways to balance yourself out. Be cool. Literally. Think calm thoughts. And during summer, it’s best to consume foods that are bitter, sweet, cooling, and astringent in nature, as these foods work to balance out the hot, oily, sharpness of summer. Here’s a quick snapshot of ways to help calm that fire within.
Foods that cool the body include quinoa, coconut, coriander, oats, turmeric, avocado, raisins, celery, cucumber, apples, dill, and kale. Also …
Oils: Olive, coconut, and sunflower oils are the best during summer— and ghee is great, too. Avoid sesame, corn, and almond oils, which all promote body heat.
Throw In The Towel … a Frozen Eucalyptus Towel, that is!
Here’s a really cool keep cool idea. First, grab some washcloths. Next, put a couple cups of water in a container. Add about 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the water and stir. One at a time, dunk ‘n drench the washcloths in the water-oil mixture, and squeeze out the excess water. Fold ‘em in half and roll ‘em into tubes. Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and put in the freezer. Freeze until solid (a couple of hours). To cool off, place the frozen towels on your face, head, or wherever. Use it rolled up (at first) and then slowly unroll it as it thaws out (it’ll last longer). Best enjoyed with a frozen strawberry daiquiri? Your call!
Enjoy Doing Good™ Tip: How To Help Others Beat The Heat
Here are the most frequently requested items by shelters and emergency relief providers in summer. So, pick some up, drop them off, and Enjoy Doing Good.
- Unopened Water Bottles
- New Underwear
- White Socks
- White T-Shirts
- Insect Repellent
- Prepackaged Snack Items
- Lightweight Hats
How do you stay cool during steamy summer heat waves? Let us know in a comment!