Taste (Rasa): Sweet; Pungent
Energetics (Virya): Heating
Doshic Effects: Balancing for all three doshas

Benefits & Use: Cardamom is related to ginger and can be used in much the same way to counteract digestive problems. Part of the reason cardamom is such a good digestive aid and detoxifier is thanks to the diuretic properties. It helps clean out the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, removing waste, salt, excess water, toxins, and combating infections too. As a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom also prevents blood clots and significantly lowers blood pressure.

Additional Uses: Reduce kidney & gall stones; mouth ulcers; hiccups; gum infections; antidote for poison and venom; breath freshener

In the Kitchen: Whole cardamom pods are more fragrant and medicinal than ground ones. Look for small football shaped pods that have a green tint and smell like a combination of pine and flowers. If ground cardamom is needed, remove and grind the seeds from a whole pod with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Note: ground cardamom loses its flavor rapidly while the whole pod stays potent for a year or longer.

Recipe: Cardamom Oatmeal Cookies

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.