MINT

Taste (Rasa): Sweet, Pungent
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Pacifying for Pitta and Kapha

 

 

Benefits & Use: Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser and digestive aid; the aroma of the herb activates the salivary glands in our mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. It also soothes the stomach in cases of indigestion or inflammation. (Much of western cuisine includes mint as an element of palate cleansers, to be eaten before the main course so the food will digest comfortably.) The strong and refreshing aroma of mint is also an effective remedy for nausea and respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and the common cold as well as alertness, charging your batteries and get your brain functioning. As mint cools and soothes the throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it also relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing, which is why so many balms are based on mint.

Additional Uses: Asthma; breastfeeding; acne; oral health; fever; burns; insect repellent

In the Kitchen: Mint is one of the most versatile herbs around. Indoors, you can use it to deodorize a room, wake up your skin, freshen your breath, create delicious hot (and cold) teas, lend zest to vegetable dishes, and spruce up otherwise-ordinary salads, juices, spreads, fruits, etc.

Recipe: Minty Pea Soup

 

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.