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

Benefits & Use: Cloves are an extremely powerful super-food and have some of the richest anti-oxidants of all spices. They have been used throughout the centuries as both a spice and medicinal herb. They might be tiny, but cloves are giants when it comes to nutrition and natural health. Of their many health benefits, which include protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, preserving bone quality, controlling blood sugar levels, and containing anti-mutagenic properties, they also stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes while reducing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia and nausea. The essential oil of clove is used as an ingredient in oral hygiene products to promote tooth health and freshen the breath.

Cloves Additional Uses: Aphrodisiac; insect repellent; bone health; Candida acne; sore throat

In the Kitchen: Boil a few buds in water and inhale the steam to get some relief from respiratory ailments. Alternatively, drink as an after-meal tea to support weak digestion, relieve nausea or even prevent vomiting. Crushed or bruised with a mortar & pestle just before use, whole cloves release more medicinal oil than the powder form. Whole cloves should be kept in a tightly sealed bag or glass container in a cool, dark and dry place.

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.