CORIANDER (Cilantro)


Taste (Rasa): Bitter, Astringent
Energetics (Virya): Heating
Doshic Effects: Balancing for all three doshas

Benefits & Use: Coriander has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive upset, gas, fungal and bacterial infections, and to prevent food poisoning. Also called cilantro, this herb still is used throughout the world to settle nauseous tummies, relieve indigestion and heartburn, and ease stomach cramps. It aids in efficient digestion by helping to produce digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown of foods. Additionally, coriander’s antibacterial compounds help to keep the urinary tract healthy, and free from unhealthy bacteria in an alkaline environment. It’s also been shown to can help to lower blood sugar, and even kill parasites in the digestive tract.

Additional Uses: Soothes skin irritation, mouth ulcers, and conjunctivitis; regulates menstrual function; detoxifies heavy metals and food poisoning; natural deodorant


In the Kitchen: The best thing about cilantro may just be how easy it is to add to your diet. If you are looking for a detoxing effect from heavy metals or way to cool your digestive system, it is best to use a more concentrated form of cilantro such as a concentrated juice or tincture.



Recipe: Coriander-Mint Lemonade



  • Thoroughly wash coriander leaves and mint leaves.
  • Add coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger and 2 cups of water into a blender and blend well.
  • Squeeze lemon juice into the drink and strain.
  • Add amchoor powder and optional sweetener. Stir well.


  • ½ bunch coriander leaves
  • ½ bunch mint leaves
  • ½ tsp amchoor powder
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • natural sweetener to 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.