Completing our deep dive through the Ayurvedic flavor profiles – we finish with astringent. According to Ayurveda, astringent is drying and cool. It is an excellent antidote to congestion and excess mucus, and functions as a natural anti-inflammatory. It has a binding quality, which tends to compress and hold tissues together, which promotes body cohesiveness. People that need to balance Kapha and Pitta, generally need more bitter and astringent foods in their diets.