“But it’s a dry heat…”
I’ve uttered this catch phrase many times myself! Mostly when I first moved here. After a few years, that statement doesn’t have the same pleasant ring. Because dry or not let’s face it, when the heat gets cranking in Phoenix…it gets HOT!
And this year, it appears that summer has taken extra care to exercise it’s punctual nature. Fortunately, there are a few herbal methods you can use to keep cool. Try them, tweak them, share them with your loved ones, and let us know how they work for you!
We’ll post more of these in the coming weeks.
A Cool Bath With Cooling Herbs
Take a soothing bath with cooling herbs. My favorites are Lavender + Spearmint + Chamomile + Peppermint + Rosemary + Lemon Balm.
- Take an unbleached muslin cloth bag or a large square of several thicknesses of cheesecloth and fill it with any or all of the herbs listed above. (If using cheesecloth, tie up all the ends together like a package. You can also get a bag from Chakra 4.)
- Toss in a bathtub filled with hot water.
- Let the herbs steep in the water until it cools to the temperature you like (lukewarm to warm is optimal) and sink into fragrant herbal coolness.
Chamomile is calming, Lavender is cleansing. The Mints cool the body while stimulating circulation, which can help you sweat out toxins.
Make this bath even more cooling by adding a small handful of Blue Malva flowers to your mixture.
Blue Malva naturally turns bathwater a lovely shade of sky blue without leaving a hard-to-remove stain. Add a few drops of Lavender or Peppermint essential oil and you are on your way to heaven.
Sip Your Way To A Cool Paradise
If you have never tried Kava Kava, it is quite the unique herb. In Hawaii they regularly consume Kava as an end of the day beverage. It produces calming and cooling effects.
During the dead heat of the Phoenix summer, you can bring the calming cooling effects of the Hawaiian sunset right to you. How? Have a Kava Colada! When used moderately, Kava Kava can be used to enhances one’s sensual enjoyment of life.
This simple recipe features a decoction of Kava Kava. For clarification of how to make a decoction, see our flyer entitled Using Herbs At Home.
- Make a decoction of Kava Kava by simmering 2 tablespoons of Kava in 2 cups plain water or coconut water (from immature coconuts) for 20 minutes.
- Turn off heat, add 1 tablespoon Lemongrass.
- Let steep 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Blend Kava mixture with ½ – 1cup coconut milk and ½ – 1 cup pineapple juice.
- Adjust flavors as desired, add Agave sweetener if necessary.
For best results, enjoy with friends.Share