Taste (Rasa): Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Balancing Pitta and Kapha

Benefits & Use: Neem is one of the most powerful blood-purifiers and detoxifiers in Ayurvedic medicine. It cools fever and clears the toxins involved in most inflammatory skin diseases as well as those found in ulcerated mucous membranes. Neem leaves also have antibacterial properties which is why it works wonders on infections, burns and any kind of skin problems. It destroys the bacteria that causes infections, stimulates the immune system and encourages rapid healing.

Additional Uses: Neem leaf paste — made by adding a small amount of water to neem leaf powder — is a common Ayurvedic remedy for inflamed skin and insect bites. To use, apply paste to the affected skin or tissue and let sit for about twenty minutes, until nearly dry. Rinse and pat dry.

In the Kitchen: Neem is very potent and should only be used in small amounts. Ayurveda traditionally recommends the powder form of herbs; taste buds start the digestive process and send signals to the body to initiate the it’s own supportive mechanisms.

Recipe: Bitter Tonic for Liver Health

Ingredients & Instructions: Mix 1/8 tsp of neem leaf powder with 1/8 tsp of turmeric, 1 tb of Aloe vera juice and 1/2 cup of water.

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.