NETTLES

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Taste (Rasa): Astringent
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Pacifying for Pitta and Kapha

Benefits & Use: Nettles are considered a superfood, because they are a great source of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur. From an Ayurvedic perspective, nettles are nourishing and rejuvenative, particularly for the kidneys and adrenals, helping to clear toxins/ama and wastes from the body via the bowels and the urinary tract. They increases ojas, and are particularly good when run down from stress or illness or needing extra nourishment in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Nettle's mild astringency and general nourishing action tightens and strengthens blood vessels, helping maintain arterial elasticity and improves venous resilience. They can be used to clear inflammatory skin problems and restore vitality to the whole system while cooling skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne. Its carminative qualities also relieve intestinal gas and promotes peristalsis.

Additional Uses: Bladder infections; hay fever; bleeding

In the Kitchen: Nettles can be stemmed and cooked similar to spinach. Once cooked, they can be easily added to soups and stews or pureed and added to  polenta, green smoothies, salad, pesto, and more.

Recipe: Sauteed Stinging Nettles

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.