Don’t you love the idea of nature giving you a helping hand during your yoga practice?
We do, and that’s why we feel in love with our organic cotton yoga mats because they have been prepared with a range of herbs used in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. The intention of these mats is to help support your practice and health and well-being. Out mats are made in Kerala, the heart of Ayurveda in India.
Every colour in our yoga mats is a pure, herbal dye that has also been selected for its therapeutic properties. Behind each colour is a whole concoction (known as kayasha) of other herbs used in ayurvedic medicine to help treat different conditions. The organic cotton is dipped in these concoctions a number of times before being cured and then woven into a yoga mat. The underside of the mat is brushed with a natural rubber preparation. Our mats tread so lightly on the earth that you can even compost them!
So let’s explore the beautiful plants behind the colours of our mats.
Yellow – this is turmeric. Turmeric is a bit of a wonder herb at the moment and for good reason. We use turmeric in a number of the Archeus products we make in the apothecary including our Supernatural tattoo aftercare balm. We love it for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, wound-healing and pain relief properties. Imagine those properties embedded at a molecular level deep into the fibres of your organic cotton mat.
Red/pink – this is sandalwood. Sandalwood is another beautiful plant medicine. It is wonderful for skin ailments as it is very soothing and healing. It is used in ayurvedic medicine to help reduce sweating and problems like prickly heat. It helps calm the mind and create clarity.
Blue – this colour is coming from the indigo plant. You may be familiar with indigo being used as a natural dye throughout history, but did you know it also has many medicinal properties? Among these uses it is used to purify the liver, help reduce toxins, reduce inflammation and fever and to alleviate pain.
Brown/green – this colour is coming from a range of herbs including:
Aswagandha - is commonly known as “Indian Winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng”. It is one of the most important herbs in ayurveda, used for millennia for its wide-ranging health benefits including supporting the immune system. It is a key ingredient in ayurvedic preparations that promote a youthful state of physical and mental health and expands happiness. These types of remedies are given to small children as tonics, and are also taken by the middle-aged and elderly to increase longevity.
Shatavari – this is another revered herb in ayurvedic medicine. It helps to build Ojas, the precious fluid in the body that governs vitality, virility, immunity and sleep. Shatavari is also especially useful in nourishing and calming the nerves, nourishing the brain and helping to support the brain and the body in regaining balance from vata disorders like spasms, pain, and insomnia.
Vetiver – mmm we love this beautiful woody and tall growing grass. Its aroma is deep and earthy and very calming. It is known as ‘the oil of tranquility’ in India. Throughout India and China it is used to calm and uplift. It is used in meditation and is said to help open up consciousness to the cosmos. Vetiver is in our Apothecary Beard Oil.
Nettle – another Archeus favourite and regular ingredient in many of our products including out beautiful Vital Oil facial oil and our Nourish apothecary tea blend. Nettle is an amazing tonic herb and is also a specific herb for treatment of hot, sensitive skin conditions. When it is processed either by infusion or maceration (soaking in water or oil) it loses its sting and offers up its beneficial gifts.
Neem - is an evergreen tree found growing throughout the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, and in the tropics. Every part of this tree has medicinal value and all parts of this tree can be used, from the sap, twigs, flowers, and bark to the seeds, gum, fruit, and roots. It has many uses including for skin problems, combating tiredness and helping reduce blood pressure. We also use neem in our antioxidant face masks.
There is something deeply inspiring about knowing that these herbs are there in your mat as you do your practice. Of course, you will have your own thoughts about it, but we feel that something profound happens at an energetic level when you know you are working with nature, when you are creating pathways to deepen that connection. At Archeus we are aiming to craft products for you that may just bring some of that connection to your daily bliss.
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