FENUGREEK

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Taste (Rasa): Bitter

Energetics (Virya): Heating 

Doshic Effect: Balancing for Vata and Kapha

Benefits & Use: Fenugreek may help with numerous digestive problems, such as upset stomach, constipation and inflammation and is often incorporated in an ulcerative colitis diet treatment plan due to its anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to lowering internal inflammation, fenugreek is sometimes used externally as a poultice, which means it’s wrapped in cloth, warmed and applied directly to the skin. This medicinal herb seems to also benefit those with heart conditions, such as hardening of the arteries and high blood levels of certain fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Thought to lower blood sugar, it also appears to slow absorption of sugars in the stomach and stimulate insulin.

Additional Uses: Loss of taste; dandruff; sore throat; mouth ulcers; anemia

In the Kitchen: Fenugreek seeds have a somewhat bitter taste, similar to celery, maple syrup or burnt sugar, and are often used to make medicine. However, fenugreek has a far more pleasant taste when cooked. To extract the most flavour, grind or dry fry the seeds. To dry fry heat up a pan, add the seeds and, over a medium heat, brown for a couple of minutes, tossing them around the pan frequently.

Recipe: Mother’s Milk Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fenugreek seed
  • 1/2 cup dried nettle leaf
  • 1/2 cup dried red raspberry leaf
  • 1/4 cup fennel seed
  • 1/2 cup dried lemon verbena
  • 1/4 cup dried blessed thistle

Instructions:

  1. Make the tea blend: Mix all ingredients together and if not using right away, store in an airtight container until ready to use.

  2. To prepare the tea, measure out 1 teaspoon of the tea blend per cup of water: If making an individual cup, use a tea infuser ball or individual tea bag. If using a teapot, measure out tea proportionally to the cups of water in the teapot.

  3. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes so that the herbs  infuse the water.

  4. Remove tea bag or infuser and enjoy.

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.