In the Greeshma (ग्रीष्म) Rutu or summer season, due to increased heat, ‘Kapha’ decreases and ‘Vata’ increases day by day resulting in accumulation of ‘Vata’. Agni or digestive activity is moderate in this season.
Dietary ingredients which are Sweet, easy to digest and have significant amount of fatty content in one or the other form should preferably be taken. More consumption of liquid is advisable.
Consumption of Boiled rice with meat, Cornflour, Curd (yoghurt) is advisable.
Panak, Panchsara (syrup prepared with Draksha (Grapes), Madhuka, Kharjur (Date), Kashmarya and Parushuka (fruits all in equal quantity with cardamom powder) are advisable for drinking due to their cooling character.
Diet and Conduct during Greeshma or Summer
Dill, Ladies finger (Okra), Onion, Garlic, Sunthi (Dry ginger), Bottle gourd, Fenugreek, Asparagus, Beets, Coriander, Sweet potato.
Raisins, Dates, Mango, Pomegranate, Lime, Lemon, Melons, Banana, Coconut, Grapefruit, Oranges, Papaya, Pineapples, Guava, Jackfruit, Fig, Kokam.
Grains / Pulses
Rice, Corn, Wheat, Sorghum (Jowar), Masoor
Turmeric, Fenugreek seeds, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Asafoetida.
Ghee, Oil, all dairy products except curd, drinks made from substances having cooling character like khus, lemon grass, kokam.
Anoint body with cool substances like chandan, prefer cold water for drinking and bathing, stay in cool places, wear light coloured clothing. Sleeping during the day time is sometimes acceptable.