It's a time of year that can bring up many kinds of emotions. You may have a tendency toward depression during holiday season or it could be that the whirl of activity and excitement creates anxiety. And believe it or not, it's a time when tempers can fly. Anger can escalate when there are expectations mixed with responsibilities, especially when you mingle with a crowd that has strong opinions. You might be sharing a dinner table with someone who has different political views or be hosting someone that has a better idea of how to do everything. In the fall and winter, we usually don't have to worry about heat as much as cold, but gatherings with family members and overbooked schedules can easily be the special circumstance. .
Anger is considered a hot emotion 😡😤 or in Ayurvedic terms, it's a pitta emotion. When we get angry, we build heat in the body and anger also builds heat. This means that conditions that we associate with this same quality can also increase, like inflammation, red or irritated skin conditions, acid reflux and more. It’s okay to feel and experience anger, but know how to diffuse it. We can combat it by knowing ourselves and our tendencies and choosing to dodge the very scenarios that make our blood boil, or we can negate it with cooling practices and foods. .
This is my Heat Releasing, Heart Opening Tonic. It's 1 teaspoon chamomile, 1/2 teaspoon of fennel, 1/2 teaspoon of licorice, and 2 fresh mint leaves. Lightly crush the fennel, licorice and mint and add all ingredients to hot water in a diffuser or tea sachet. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes or until it is cool enough to drink. I know many of you aren't fond of the taste of licorice (and of course, most of you that need it are the ones that don't like it), but to me the fennel and licorice mainly add a sweetness to this drink. If you'd like some extra heart opening benefits, add 1/2 teaspoon the herb arjuna. This is a beautiful red herb and is known for its physical and emotional benefits for the heart.