Beat Summer Heat With Ayurveda's Cooling Herbs & Foods


In Ayurveda, there is a term for herbs that can help you beat the summer heat, reduce fevers and balance the FIRE element. They’re called cooling herbs. There are also cooling foods and spices.

When the FIRE element is out of balance, it can lead to:
  • Digestion problems
  • Inflammation
  • Angry moods
  • Insomnia
  • Overheating, especially in summer

Many cooling herbs and foods can help reduce the above problems, and fevers, too.

Cooling Foods: Cucumbers, melons, coconuts, lentils, grapes, broccoli, asparagus, rice, cabbage, green beans, black beans, soy and whole grains.
Cooling Spices: Coriander, fennel, mint, black pepper, mint, basil, cilantro and dill.
Cooling Herbs: Guduchi, rose petals, triphala, Bacopa Monnieri and Eclipta Alba.
Cooling Oils: Coconut, olive and sunflower.

Nambu’s Herb of the Month: Cooling Guduchi


When taken in moderate amounts, Guduchi balances out the FIRE element in the body and mind.

Guduchi can help reduce fevers, hot flashes, night sweats, digestive issues, sleep problems, inflammation, impatience, annoyance, loose stools, skin problems, anxious thought patterns and angry thought patterns. (1) (2)

Guduchi also has heating qualities that are responsible for its reputation as an eliminator of toxins.

Aside from its heating and cooling properties, Guduchi is best known as an immune system balancer and anti-aging herb. It protects you from the immune system’s overreactions to pollen, and from pathogens that cause illness. It’s packed with antioxidants, which can protect you from the effects of aging. Guduchi encourages healthy skin and hair as well.