Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Pungent
Energetics (Virya): Heating
Doshic Effects: Pacifying for Vata and Kapha

Benefits & Use: Anise seed, taken as a tea, is an excellent remedy for asthma and bronchial cough. It is also healing for the digestive system, which is why several cultures make anise flavored liqueurs to ingest with meals; the essential oil within the seed acts as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic agent, removing gas and uncomfortable digestive pains like flatulence, bloating, colicky stomach pain, nausea, and indigestion. In fact, in India and Pakistan dried anise seeds are chewed after meals to refresh the breath post-meal and aid in digestion.

Additional Uses: Enhance lactation; relieve insomnia; sooth constipation; remove head lice; natural pain relief

In the Kitchen: Anise can be used whole or ground. When whole it is usually is added to liquids for a slow simmer or braise and removed from the dish before serving. Ground anise is more versatile. It’s also more potent and should be added with care. And like all whole spices, it’s best when ground just before using.

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.