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

Benefits & Use: Licorice root has a remarkable list of documented uses, and might be among the highest overlooked of all natural treatments. Ayurvedic medicine regards licorice root as an expectorant relieving spasms and inflammatory as well as a demulcent, helping to loosen and expel phlegm. In fact, one of licorice root's most well-known uses is to ease congestion from coughs and colds while soothing irritated mucous membranes.Beneficial for entire digestive tract, it also promotes peristalsis (the contractions in your colon that help move waste through). An adaptogenic herb, licorice also helps regulate the stress hormone cortisol, taking a load off your adrenal glands.

Additional Uses: arthritis; athlete's foot; baldness; canker sores; dandruff; depression; fibromyalgia; premenstrual syndrome; headaches

In the Kitchen: Licorice, available as a root and powder, is found in a wide variety of naturally-sweetened drinks, candies, and sweets. The taste of this root is similar to that of star anise, however, they are not related; anise seed is a relative of parsley while licorice is the fruit of an evergreen tree. It is also commonly used in medicines to disguise unpleasant flavors.

Recipe: Yogurt with Caramelized Pistachios and Raw Licorice


Caramelize the cane sugar in a pan add the pistachios, coating them completely.

Pour the caramelized pistachios onto a baking sheet and let them cool.

Arrange the yogurt in 4 serving bowls.

Roughly chop the pistachios and sprinkle the chopped nuts and licorice powder on top of the yogurt.


  • 3 oz cane sugar
  • 3 oz pistachios, unsalted
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons licorice powder



    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.