CINNAMON

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

Benefits & Use: Cinnamon is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. It is still widely used today both because of its benefits and its distinctly sweet, warming taste and ease of use in recipes. Packed with a variety of protective antioxidants that reduce free radical damage, cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory effects which helps lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, brain function decline, and more. Cinnamon also improves digestion and absorption, and promotes elimination.  It removes toxins from the body, and improves circulation by strengthening the heart and warming the kidneys. Additionally, as both an expectorant and a decongestant, cinnamon may be used in the treatment of respiratory and sinus congestion, bronchitis, colds, and the flu. Another health benefit of cinnamon is that it reduces several of the most common risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure. It helps lower blood sugar levels and also can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which is the vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced.

Additional Uses: Stimulates central nervous system; tooth decay; bone health; weight loss

In the Kitchen: Because of its naturally sweet taste, adding cinnamon to foods and recipes can help you cut down on the amount of sugar you normally use. A little bit o goes a long way; as little as 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, and immunity. Note: Not all cinnamons were created equal. Only cinnamomum verum provides the health benefits described here. Others, like cinnamomum cassia, or Chinese cinnamon don’t have enough active ingredient to reap the benefits of use.

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.