Meet Karta Purkh

 

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Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa is a loving husband, father and a practitioner of yoga and Ayurveda for over 40 years. As a teenager studying yoga, Karta Purkh Singh was intrigued by the potential of natural medicine and was invited by Yogi Bhajan to study Ayurveda with him. He continued that relationship as Yogi Bhajan’s herbalism student for the next 32 years. Along the way, Karta Purkh Singh worked on developing hundreds of herbal formulas for tea, healing foods, supplements, lotions and a wide variety of similar items.

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj, DN-C, RH, NAMAPM, CC, is nationally credentialed in dietetics, nutrition, Ayurveda, herbalism and therapeutic bodywork. He is the National President of the American Herbalists Guild, the professional assocation of clinical herbalists in the U.S. and largest association of practicing herbalists in America.


33 Comments

  • celia Bradley says:

    Hello my Sister has kidney problems, she’s on dialysis, her kidney work 8% is any tea can help her with no side efects, also she has pain at bed time.

  • Evan Ruth Herrera says:

    Have problems with water retention. And poor circulation I was told dandelion tea was good for this. Please advise. Thankyou

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question. Here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions. In light of your sister’s medical condition and given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend she consult her qualified healthcare provider with any questions about her individual health and the consumption of Yogi teas. He or she is best suited to make a recommendation in light of her personal medical profile. Be well!

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for getting in touch. Dandelion has traditionally been used across cultures to support the liver and healthy cleansing. We make several teas that contain dandelion root: https://www.yogiproducts.com/ingredients/#dandelion-root-2. Here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health. Given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we recommend you consult with your qualified healthcare provider with any questions about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi teas. He or she is best suited to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile. Be well!

  • vivian says:

    barley grass, wheat grass, and spirulina, do any of your teas contain any of these ingredients?

  • kris larson says:

    I love your teas. I recently became aware I have some oxalate crystals in my urine. Do you have teas without oxalate?
    Thank you

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Vivian! We apologize for the delay in getting back to you. While we do not use barley grass, wheat grass or spirulina in any of our teas, four of our teas do contain barley malt: Yogi Calming, Yogi Healthy Fasting, Yogi Kava Stress Relief and Yogi Stomach Ease. To view a full list of the ingredients used in our teas, just click on the ‘Our Ingredients’ link right here on our website at the top of the page. I hope this helps! ~Adriane @ Yogi

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for reaching out, Kris! With regard to your question, here at Yogi, we do not measure for oxalate levels in our teas, so we are unable to provide you with the information you requested. Given your condition, we recommend that you consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding the consumption of Yogi teas and your overall health. He or she is best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive and make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile. For further information on Yogi teas, please email customerservice@yogiproducts.com. Be well! ~Adriane @ Yogi

  • renee says:

    I’ve read it is good to drink certain kinds of different teas to promote different things like decrease fat absorption, increase metabolism… well, can you combine different tea bags that do different things and brew them together or do you have to drink them separate?

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Renee! It is generally fine to drink more than one type of Yogi tea in the same day, or even combined in the same cup or batch. This type of blending will not interfere with the functional benefits or effects of each tea. Our basic suggestion would be to stick with one to three types per day. However, if you are interested in combining two or more of our detoxifying teas (DeTox, Berry DeTox, Skin DeTox and Peach DeTox), our recommendation would be to focus on drinking one of these detoxifying teas per week and rotating as you feel appropriate. I hope this is helpful, and please email customerservice@yogiproducts.com if you have any further questions. Be well!

  • Elizabeth Pultz says:

    Is it ok or favorable to mix various herbal teas together when steeping, such as Ginkgo Clarity and Ginger or other herbal teas?

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Elizabeth! It is generally fine to drink more than one type of Yogi tea in the same day, or even combined in the same cup (such as Yogi Ginger and Yogi Ginkgo Clarity). This type of blending will not interfere with the functional benefits or effects of each tea. Our basic suggestion would be to stick with up to three types per day.

    However, if you are interested in combining two or more of our detoxifying teas (DeTox, Berry DeTox, Roasted Dandelion Spice DeTox, Skin DeTox and Peach DeTox), our recommendation would be to focus on drinking one of these detoxifying teas per week and rotating as you feel appropriate.

    Thank you again & Be well!

  • pamela says:

    I just started drink your detox tea,how long does it take for it to start working.

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Pamela! Yogi DeTox tea is a gentle way to help the body cleanse itself by aiding the two primary filtering organs, the liver and kidneys. It does not contain any harsh laxatives or diuretics, and is made from a blend of time-honored herbs to promote kidney and liver function, as well as traditional Ayurvedic herbs to support blood flow. Given that lifestyle, diet and overall health vary from person to person, and given that everyone responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, the effects of this tea will be different for everyone.

    For specific questions about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi DeTox, we recommend you consult your qualified healthcare provider, or perhaps an herbalist. He or she would be best suited to address your individual health concerns and identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive.

    If you need any further information, please email customerservice@yogiproducts.com. Thank you again & Be well!

  • I take Metoprolol 25mg twice a day. Can I use teas to do the same thing? I want to get off this med. And is there a tea that helps with high colesteral ?

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your questions, Theresa! We do not have a tea that helps with high cholesterol. Also, please note that here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions as well as how the ingredients in our teas interact with medications and/or prescription drugs. In light of your condition and current medication, and given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend that you consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi teas. He or she is best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, and to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile.

    Thank you again for reaching out and please let us know if you need any further information.

    Be well!

  • Mama T says:

    Do your teas actually contain enough Herbs to really benefit certain health situations or are they mainly for taste & only contain small amounts of the herbs?

  • Yogi says:

    Hello Mama T! Here at Yogi, we have 60 varieties of herbal, green and black teas, each formulated with a unique flavor and healthful purpose in mind. Our formulas are based on a combination of proven knowledge of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine and modern science. Ingredients are specially selected for inclusion in our teas based on their known benefits and effects, as well as their traditional uses. We welcome you to email customerservice@yogiproducts.com further details or with any specific questions you may have regarding ingredient amounts for a particular Yogi tea. Thank you & Be well!

  • Norman Burke says:

    I am 67 years old and suffer with enlarge prostate are there any yogi teas that would aid in this discomfort?

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Norman! We appreciate you reaching out to us with your question. Here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions. In light of your condition and given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend you consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi teas. He or she is best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, and to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile.

    Thank you again for reaching out to us, and we welcome you to email customerservice@yogiproducts.com with any further questions. Be well!

  • Lana Douville says:

    My husband and I have tried some of the teas and have enjoyed them.

  • Nancy DiFrancesco says:

    What is s good tea to choose if you have problems sleeping ?

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Nancy! We currently have several Rest & Relax teas that you might be interested in trying. These soothing blends are purposefully formulated and just right for drinking when you need to unwind. Click here to learn more. Thank you & Be well!

  • Charles S says:

    Hello –

    Is the original five-spice “Yogi tea” (Indonesian Cinnamon, Sweet Green Cardamom, Ginger Root, Cloves and Black Pepper) still available anywhere? I do see a product on yogiproducts.com called Classic India Spice® – Yogi Tea®, but it contains other ingredients like butterscotch flavor, stevia leaf, carob, and chicory. It is obviously not the same formulation, not a “five spice tea”, not the original “Yogi Tea”, and unfortunately, not what I am looking for. Is the original Yogi tea still available… or should I try to make it myself from “Indonesian Cinnamon, Sweet Green Cardamom, Ginger Root, Cloves and Black Pepper”? If the tea that “started it all” is no longer available from Yogi Tea, then what a shame. 🙁 I counted over 70 “Yogi Teas” on yogiproducts.com, but none of them appear to be the real McCoy. Is it like having 50 new and improved varieties of cookie called “Vanilla Wafers”, but not a single one of them a real “Vanilla Wafer”, because the original was discontinued along the way? I’ll close with nostalgia (maybe really an “in memoriam”?) from the website….

    “It’s the late 1960s. A small group of students in Southern California have just finished their yoga class and are milling around, chatting and sitting around, sipping their spiced tea, prepared for them by their yoga teacher. The air smells sweet and warm. In those days, everybody just had it on hand all the time, you know, you’d walk into the house and the whole house would smell like cinnamon because they had been boiling the spices on their stove. It was quite creamy, quite sweet, quite delicious. And we affectionately called it ‘Yogi Tea’…”

    But again, if you know of a place where I can still purchase that original five-spice tea (aka “Yogi tea”), please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Charles S.
    Northbrook, IL

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for reaching out, Charles! It sounds like you are referring to Yogi Original Cinnamon Spice. Although we are no longer producing this particular tea, you can find a recipe for it here on our website. It can also still be ordered in loose leaf 1 lb bags through Ancient Healing Ways. Please visit their website or contact them directly for pricing and ordering information:

    Ancient Healing Ways
    Website: http://www.a-healing.com/yogi-tea.html
    Phone: 1-800-359-2940
    Email: customerservice@a-healing.com

    As an alternative to Classic India Spice, you might be interested in the below Yogi tea varieties:

    Yogi Chai Rooibos
    Yogi Chai Green
    Yogi Chai Black
    Yogi Ginger

    Thank you again & Be well!

  • Yvonne Rojas says:

    I love green tea, but I prefer to drink it cold. I am trying to figure out the best way to brew it. Should I follow the brewing instructions and then let it cool off and refrigerate, or should I just add cold water and let it brew in the refrigerator?

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Yvonne! The functional benefits of Yogi teas work the same whether iced or hot as long as you follow our recommended brewing instructions, as you mentioned. If making Yogi tea iced, we recommend you use 2 tea bags, bring the water just to boiling and steep for the time indicated on the outside of the Yogi Tea carton (3-10 minutes depending on the type of tea). Once the tea has fully steeped, allow to cool. You may then add sweeteners, lemon, and/or ice to suit your preference. Hope this helps!

  • sandy says:

    I have endometriosis what is the best tea i can use i already talk to my doctor

  • Tommy says:

    Hi! My name is Tommy I was wondering what is a good Yogi Teas to drink for folks who may have gout, that will not cause their gout to flare up.

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Sandy! We take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions such as endometriosis. In light of your condition and given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend you continue to consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi teas. He or she is best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, and to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile. Thank you again & Be well!

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Tommy! We take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions such as gout. In light of your condition and given that everyone can respond uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend you consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi teas. He or she is best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, and to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile. Thank you again & Be well!

  • Kellie Christianson says:

    Sometimes I drink senna tea for 3 nights in a row and don’t want to prepare it EVERY night. Will the TEA WORK the SAME IF I PREPARE it up to 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE? Does it matter if I DRINK it COLD after that? Does it matter if I REHEAT IT in the MICROWAVE?

    Thank you very much for your help.

  • Becca Lesser says:

    Hi Kellie! Thanks for your question. The functional benefits of Yogi teas work the same whether iced or hot as long as you follow our recommended brewing instructions. For optimal results, we recommend that you bring the water just to boiling and steep for the time indicated on the outside of the Yogi tea carton (3-10 minutes depending on the type of tea). Once the tea has fully steeped, allow to cool. You may then add sweeteners, lemon and/or ice to suit your preference.

    It is fine to prepare a large quantity of Yogi tea in advance. Just brew according to the instructions above and when the tea is done steeping, store the tea in a sealed container in the refrigerator. This tea can then be reheated in the microwave and enjoyed later. If stored properly (in a sealed container in the refrigerator), the tea should last a few days.

    Hope this helps!

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