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The Hot, Dry Constitution – Lifestyle and Diet Changes to Increase Moisture

The Hot, Dry Constitution –  Lifestyle and Diet Changes to Increase Moisture

I’ve shared with you how a Hot, Dry constitution makes you vulnerable to sickness.  Now, I’ll share some tips on what you can do about it.  Make sure to read last week’s post if you missed it. 

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Alright, here are some these easy steps to DIAL BACK the HEAT and INCREASE MOISTURE.

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Start by getting humidity into your home.

  • Put your humidifier by the bed
  • Don’t put the humidifier directly on YOU
  • If you don’t have a humidifier, keep a pot of water simmering on the stove on cold, dry days.

Increase your fluid intake!

  • Drink water at room temperature (remember, cold brings injuries to the digestion.)
  • Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks, they deplete fluid (diuretic) and don’t forget the sugar is not the most healthy way to improve moisture.

Eliminate drying foods and drinks, such as:

  • Caffeine
  • Spicy Food
  • Dry Crackers
  • Dehydrated Food
  • Hot Natured Spices (like pepper, cayenne and paprika)
  • Sour Fruit (like green apples, grapes, some berries, grapefruit, and lemon)

(Think about it: sour things make you pucker and ‘astringe’ tissue they are not necessarily drying, but not immediately moistening.)

What foods and herbs are beneficial for a Hot, Dry Constitution?

Rather than immediately looking for cold food and drinks to ‘put out the fire’, search for foods, spices, and herbs that do the job more effectively, without creating an opposite problem.

You want to balance your body, not swing the problem the other way and turn HOT to COLD. Look for substances that lubricate, moisten, tonify the YIN and restore Hot, Dry tissues to normal fluid and temperature levels.

Foods Beneficial for a Hot, Dry Constitution:

Focus on sweet-flavored fruits and veggies. The foods on this list are moistening, and because they add moisture, they’re the same ones that Damp, mucusy people have to avoid.

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  • Bananas, avocado, dates, figs, and raisins (sticky foods)
  • Sweet apples
  • Peaches, melons and other sweet fruits
  • Cucumbers, green beans and beets
  • Mushrooms – ok, NOT sweet, but definitely moist
  • Winter squash (butternut) and sweet potatoes
  • Oily foods and oils, sesame oil, ghee, and olive oil [oils counteract dryness – use them topically too!]

Helpful herbs for the Hot, Dry Constitution:

  • Aloe (just think about how cool and gooey aloe is)
  • Marshmallow root and Slippery elm bark
  • Mullein leaf
  • Licorice root
  • Asparagus root/Shatavari
  • Violet and Red clover
  • Elder flower and Linden flower (pictured above)
  • Elecampagne

Many of these are available in teas that contain the word ‘throat’ or ‘cough’ in the description.

The take-away: If you have a Hot, Dry constitution, implement these four practices: Increase cooling, moistening foods and herbs. Decrease hot, drying foods. Use Humidity!! Increase your fluid intake.

Are you looking for a more personal approach specific to YOU?

Reach out to me for a face-to-face, in-person herbal consultation!

I’d love to hear some of the changes you’ve implemented to avoid colds and flu this season. Feel free to SHARE!

Mo Horner, Registered Herbalist

Mo Horner is a professionally trained Registered Herbalist, specializing in botanical support for women and families. From hormones problems to emotional ups and downs, you’ll feel better about plant healing. Mo co-founded a donation-based community clinic associated with Herbalists Without Borders.  She has two Omaha-area practices where she serves her clients in person or online, for those outside the area. Consultations are available by appointment.

Email Mo at or call 402-933-6444. You can read more about her story HERE. 

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