Taste (Rasa): Sweet, Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Balancing for Vata and Pitta

Benefits & Use: Fennel seed is used for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic. It is also used for upper respiratory tract infections, coughs and bronchitis as it contains creosol and alpha-pinene, chemicals that help to loosen congestion and make coughs more productive. For women, fennel increases the flow of breast milk, promotes menstruation, eases the birthing process, and increases sex drive. Additionally, fennel water alleviates colic pain and indigestion in newborns.

Additional Uses: Aperitif; mental focus; acidity; water retention

In the Kitchen: Fennel seed can be used whole or ground up, and are used in both sweet and savory recipes. When choosing to use them whole, be sure to crack the seeds slightly using the heel of a chef's knife or bottom of a frying pan to release the fragrant oils. Fennel seed is also a common ingredient in loose tea blends (like this calming tea) and can also be steeped in hot water and enjoyed on its own.


Recipe: After-Dinner Belly Soothing Tea


  • 1 tsp dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 tsp dried peppermint leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 tsp dried cut ginger pieces (not ground)
  • 8 oz. boiling water
  • honey to taste (optional)


Combine the chamomile, fennel, ginger, and peppermint in a tea pot or mug. Pour boiling water over. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain tea, then sweeten with honey, if desired.


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.