ALOE VERA

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Taste (Rasa): Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effect: Balancing for Vata and Pitta

 

Benefits & Use: Applied locally, aloe vera gel calms common inflammatory skin conditions — minor burns, sunburn, cuts, scrapes — by reducing heat and moisturizes the skin. The gel also has antibacterial and antifungal qualities and increases blood flow to wounded areas. Ingested, aloe vera juice acts as a laxative stimulating the intestines and lining the gut wall. It is used for anemia, fever, gynecological conditions, loss of appetite, abdominal colic, among other diseases.

Additional Uses: Eye makeup remover; shaving cream; treatment for puffy eyes; moisturizer for dry cracked heels; organic hand sanitizer

In the Kitchen: Aloe vera extract (juice) has a long history of being used as a health tonic and digestive aid in many indigenous cultures. Though it has a somewhat bitter flavour, it easily blends into smoothies, juicing recipes and salad dressings, just to name a few.

 

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.