“Soma” is the nourishing,
cooling quality that is associated with the moon. Water represents this lunar energy. It helps support each of the three
doshas by nurturing, lubricating and detoxifying the body. When properly absorbed, water offers us
many healing benefits. It helps
with digestion, improves the skin, prevents constipation, and cools the
body. Because Vata is so dry,
people with a dominant Vata dosha need to drink more water than other
types. And because Pitta runs hot,
they may crave more water than other types. During meals, it is best to sip plain water. Water should be served warm, or at room
temperature, but never ice-cold, because cold water puts out the digestive
fire. About an hour after a meal,
if you feel thirsty, it is good to drink water to boost digestion. To make water even more balancing for the
doshas, you can add spices to it.
Boil the water first, then add the spices and let it comes to room
temperature or warmer. For Vata
water, add a little fennel seed.
For Pitta water, add dried rose petals. For Kapha water, add sliced fresh ginger and basil.