AMLA (AMALAKI)

Taste (Rasa): Sour
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Balancing for all three doshas

Benefits & Use: Nutritive to all bodily tissues, amla (Indian gooseberry) is both rejuvenating and nourishing. It is soothing for the the digestive system reducing hyperacidity as well as acid reflux, ulcers and liver diseases. High in Vitamin-C, it regulates free radicals, promotes healthy hair, strengthens eyes, and acts an as antioxidant. As one of the key ingredients in Triphala, amla also nourishes the nervous system, regulates elimination, strengthens immunity, and enhance food absorption.

Additional Uses: Menstrual cramps; oral health; acne; hyperpigmentation; scalp cleanser

In the Kitchen: In addition to Amla juice (recipe below), Amla chutney is a flavorful way to get the health benefits of amla. The chutney can add a spicy kick to steamed vegetables and rice and is available at most Indian stores. Note: avoid brands with excessive sugar, salt, preservatives or flavor enhancers.

Recipe: Amla-Ginger juice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 tb honey or alternative sweetener
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • pinch of cardamom powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender adding a ½ cup water to get smooth consistency. Once the ingredients are blended together, add some more water to thin out the puree.
  • Strain the smoothie using a fine mesh strainer into a jug and discard the remaining pulp.
  • Adjust the salt and honey to suit your taste.

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.