I am looking forward to our yoga this week on:
Wednesday, April 1 at 6PM at BUMC; dinner after yoga
Thursday, April 2 at 11:30AM at BUMC; Chair/Mat yoga at Fellowship Hall
Saturday, April 4 at 9:30AM at BUMC
Sunday, April 5 at 5PM at BUMC
Optional Meditation during the Second Week of Each Month
April dates: T., April 14, W., April 15, Sat., April 18, Sun., April 19
Your donation benefits Our House which provides care and education to homeless children and helps their parents to get to their feet.
Please remember to put your donation in the basket in lieu of extra fee.
Lunch and Dinner Club Dates
Dinner: This Wed., April 1 after yoga at Nakato Japanese restaurant at 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30324; 404.873.6582
Please let me know if you plan to attend dinner on Wed. Please invite friends and family members to join us or come by yourself.
Please see April calendar attached
Spice/Herb of the Month; Cinnamon
What we know as Cinnamon is actually the bark of cinnamon tree. The use of cinnamon as a medicinal plant is very old. It was used in ancient 4000 year old medical references from India, It was imported from China 2000 years ago. Drawings of it are found in the Egyptian pyramids and it is documented in the Bible. It is pungent, sweet, astringent and has warming effect. It has positive effects on plasma, blood, muscles, marrow and nerves. So it works on circulatory, digestive, respiratory, nervous and urinary systems. Therefore, it is useful for colds, sinus congestion, bronchitis, and dyspepsia.
Cinnamon is anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-microbial helping to ward off colds and regulates blood sugar. It can be used to treat colds, diabetes, indigestion, weight loss and high cholesterol.
For the digestive system, cinnamon possesses properties for stimulating saliva and gastric juices to facilitate digestion.
For respiratory diseases, cinnamon is antibacterial, expectorant and anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon is a good ally of the digestive system in the treatment of common respiratory abnormalities. It has the ability to increase sweating and raise body temperature so it is particularly suitable for breathing problems such as bronchitis, colds and cough. (Take 2 or 3 drops of oil of cinnamon dissolved in a glass of warm water sweetened with a teaspoon of honey 3 times a day.
For Diseases of the circulatory system cinnamon encourages blood circulation to treat abnormalities related to poor circulation especially in the fingers and toes.
For difficult menses make an infusion of a spoonful of shredded cinnamon per liter of water. Drink two glasses per day.
For fungi in feet and nails make a foot bath with a liquid infusion of two teaspoons of cinnamon broken up in a couple liters of water.
Note: If you have any medical condition, talk to your doctor since cinnamon could interact with antibiotics, diabetic drugs, blood thinners, heart medicines and others.
To add cinnamon to your everyday food, consider sprinkling cinnamon powder to your food when cooking meat and/or vegetables.
To make tea, mix 1 teaspoon ginger, 2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon cloves; add two cups of boiling water and brew. The other way is to add cinnamon stick to your black tea while brewing black tea.
Also, consider sprinkling cinnamon to your apples, pears and other fruit.
For a breakfast treat or dessert, cut Granny Smith apples into small pieces, sprinkle a good amount of cinnamon, a little brown sugar, a touch of salt and a small amount of butter and microwave for a few minutes to stew the apple. Sprinkle with toasted old fashioned oats.
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