A Pitta Tea Recipe

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  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    5 min
  • Total Time
    10 min
  • Yield
    1 cup

In ayurveda (a type of alternative medicine that originated in India), there are three body types, or doshas: pitta, kapha, and vata.

According to the principles of ayurveda, imbalances in the doshas are said to contribute to the development of illness. Excess pitta is said to contribute to such health issues as acne, skin rashes, inflammation, heartburn, indigestion, arthritis, loose stools, and anxiety.

To calm pitta energy, some practitioners of ayurveda recommend consuming foods and drinks that are believed to be cool in nature.

The diet typically includes raw green vegetables like lettuce, cucumber, and celery, bitter vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and broccoli rabe, and naturally sweet foods such as fruit and root vegetables.

Spicy, sour, salty, and pungent foods like chili peppers, garlic, coffee, horseradish, and lemons are typically avoided.

Related: Ayurvedic Foods for Your Type

What Ingredients Are Used in Pitta Tea?

In addition to diet, ayurvedic practitioners often recommend a herbal tea containing a blend of herbs and spices thought to be cooling and pacifying for pittas. Although there are many different blends, common ingredients include hibiscus flowers, rose petals, chamomile flowers, coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, fennel, and peppermint. The herbs in the tea are said to balance pitta energy and, in turn, promote healing from related health conditions.

Despite its long history of use in ayurveda, pitta tea and its health effects haven't been tested in scientific studies.

The Recipe

The following homemade herbal tea recipe was created by ayurvedic chef Patti Garland. Pitta tea is also available in packaged tea form. 


  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon rose petals
  • 1 cup boiling water


1. Mix the cumin seeds, coriander, fennel, cilantro, and rose petals together.

2. Add the boiling water.

3. Steep for 5 minutes, covered.

4. Strain and discard and herbs and spices and serve cool, lukewarm, or at room temperature (pitta types are aggravated by hot temperatures).

Before You Try Pitta Tea

If you're thinking of trying pitta tea, there are a few things you should know:

Although most people can enjoy a cup of pitta tea occasionally, avoid drinking excess amounts of any type of tea or using it as a substitute for standard treatment.

Be sure to check the ingredient list carefully, as ingredients vary widely from brand to brand. Licorice, for instance, contains glycyrrhizic acid or glycyrrhizin, which may cause high blood pressure and other adverse effects. 

If you're experiencing any new or unusual symptoms (such as joint pain, skin rashes, or loose stools) or are considering trying pitta tea, it's a good idea to check with your healthcare provider first to weigh the pros and cons and to see whether it's appropriate for you. 

Pregnant or nursing women and children shouldn't drink pitta tea.

Other Ways to Balance Pitta

If you're seeking to calm pitta energy, some practitioners of ayurveda suggest massage therapy with brahmi oil or neem oil, the herbs shatavaribacopa monnieri and triphala, or certain yoga poses (including inversions and standing forward bends). 

It's said that pitta types tend to take on too much stress, so stress management techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation and tai chi may also help.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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