Peak Season

    Peak season has peaked! The tourists, the traffic, the bars, the clubs
    and those Essential Ibiza summer vibes… AND the heat! From a holistic
    perspective, this time of year is when the fire element dominates.
    Holistically speaking, at our best we are in balance – embodying
    passion, warmth and satisfaction from the season. At worst, this time of
    year is prime burn-out time – resulting in imbalances physically
    (rashes, sweating, acne, excessive sweating, digestive disorders and
    heatstroke), mentally (intensity) and emotionally (anger). Despite the
    love for the summer sun and all that it brings, here are some Essential
    Ibiza heat-reducing tips based on Ayurvedic principles to stay healthy
    and happy, and to be cool – in more ways than one!

    Moonbathing – we sunbathe to get warm so it is only logical to moonbathe
    to get cool. Moonbathing cools and cleanses. And for optimum cooling
    effects, take a swim under the light of the moon. And this August, you
    have double the opportunity for full moon moonbathing! ‘Cooling ‘drinks
    can help enormously; think ‘tropical’. Drink coconut water for optimum
    hydration and cool (not iced water) with mint and/or lime – healthy mojito
    style or add cucumber slices to water for extra freshness. Fruit like
    dates, berries, cherries, pears, melons and coconut are all cooling on the
    system as well as raw food and especially salads. Avoid excessive
    caffeine, alcohol and refined sugar however tempting it may be to boost
    your energy, it will actually irritate the system and cause more heat.
    Fragrances have the ability to cool too: rose, lavender, jasmine,
    hibiscus, lotus and sandalwood are all cooling and refresh as both
    essential oils and as teas and naturally, as flowers.

    Sunscreen is essential in August temperatures and these days we have more
    natural options; Neem oil has a natural SPF 35. Additionally, coconut oil
    is also a natural sunscreen. It cools, nourishes and detoxifies the skin.
    Gently massaging your skin can calm the nervous system, boost vitality and
    the immune system, as well as cool. Coconut oil can also help with
    insomnia and the fragrance automatically conjures up holiday paradise
    vibe. Eyes hold extra heat in high temperatures. Be sure to remember your
    sunglasses (even if you go out at night – this is Ibiza after all).
    Splashing your eyes with rosewater – leaving rose petals to float in a
    bowl overnight and splashed on the face and eyes each morning – can
    brighten your eyes and face irrespective of how much sleep you may (or may
    not) have had.

    Naturally, regular exercise is important, but can be toned down to suit
    temperatures – sweat-glowing rather than pouring with sweat will be enough
    to release excess ‘fire and heat’ and toxins from the digestive system.
    Yoga is ideal for hot temperatures as the breath work regulates body
    temperature so you can continue to feel the benefits, even when you are no
    longer on your mat. It goes without saying, summer fashion is essential
    for August in Ibiza… but threads can still be cool whilst they keep you
    cool. Natural material: linen, cotton and silk in light blues, greens and
    whites help mitigate the heat. And if your spirit needs cooling –
    meditate. Try the bija mantra of water, which cools fire – chant ‘vam’ and
    experience the cool vibrations from within.

    Wishing you a cool August and Essential Health and Happiness always.

    Emma PranaSol