Herbs for Yoga, Part 2: Relaxation
We live in a chaotic and stimulating world. The pace of life perpetually accelerates, and our whole civilization becomes more and more frantic. But you don’t need to put up with this daily tension. There are herbs that can help you to relax.
Valerian root just might be what you are looking for. A hardy perennial flowering plant, it grows from Europe to India, and is an herb of medium potency, which makes it quite suitable for self-care in my opinion. It can be a good short-term, natural relaxant. The root has been used as a relaxing herb since at least the time of ancient Greece. In fact, it’s the most widely used herbal relaxant in Europe and has been the subject extensive research over the past 80 years.
Valerian root can be found in one of our most popular Yogi teas, Bedtime. A delicious and effective blend of Valerian along with Chamomile and Passion Flower in combination with delicious Licorice, Cardamom and Cinnamon, Yogi Bedtime is purposefully blended to promote restful sleep.
Another natural herb for relaxation is California poppy. Masquerading as charming backyard ornament, it is in fact an herbal relaxant. California’s state flower, it is one of the most beautiful and distinctive American wildflowers, and you will find it growing abundantly throughout the lower altitudes of California, southeastern Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona.
Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime combines this sleepy herb with L-Theanine and traditional sleep aids Chamomile and Skullcap for a perfectly balanced blend that is just right for drinking before bedtime.
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa