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Why do Pukka teas taste incredible?

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After experiencing first-hand the magical healing powers of herbs in India, I felt passionate about bringing that same herbal power to people through my Ayurvedic practice in Somerset – which I’d set up five years before Pukka was created.

I soon realised that it wasn’t going to be easy getting the high quality organic herbs I wanted to share with people – and I wasn’t going to settle for second best! So I went about sourcing the herbs myself, returning again and again to the place that had first inspired me to work with plants and people all those years ago: India.

 

The search for herbal quality begins

In my quest for quality, I found myself on small farms in the middle of nowhere, scouring wild habitats and hedgerows where I knew I’d find incredible herbs growing freely – much like they do here in the UK.

My searching paid off: I discovered many different varieties growing wildly, such as amla, gotu kola, tulsi, all full of nature’s therapeutic potential.

 

Bringing herbal goodness back home

As beautiful as the herbs were, there was no order to their growing, no organic certification, and no way to dry them for use back home. The only way I could bring the magic of these powerful plants to other people, was if I helped the farmers with herb cultivation, care and harvesting – luckily, I had some experience after my years spent working at an organic farm in Somerset.

After a few years of trial and error we started to get the results we wanted: herbs that were of the very highest quality, produced sustainably, traded fairly, and in partnership with the farms where they are grown. I had a source of the very finest herbs for my business, and my farming friends had additional skills and a new, regular stream of income – a virtuous circle, if you like; one that I try to replicate wherever my search for incredible quality herbs leads me.

 

Delicious and effective – it’s the Pukka difference

This virtuous circle of quality assurance is the same principle that governs how Pukka grows and buys herbs to this day – we only use the very highest grade organic herbs bought fairly from growers we have been in partnership with, often for many years.

So, the reason that Pukka teas taste like no other? Because we have a blueprint for our ingredients, our partners, and our Pukka world – a simple goal that we never stop striving to reach: be the best.

Let’s all drink (a delicious herbal tea) to that.

Meet the author

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Sebastian Pole, Sebastian Pole, Co-founder and Master Herbsmith

Hello There. I’m a Co-founder and the Master Herbsmith at Pukka Herbs. As well as having the most amazing job of formulating all our organic teas and supplements I am a passionate environmentalist – that’s why we are 100% organic, pioneers in sustainably sourcing herbs with FairWild, and we give 1% of our turnover for rejuvenating the Planet. I also run my own herbal practice in Bath which I’ve done since 1998. I practise an eclectic blend of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine and am a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. I love using the principles of Ayurveda (aka the ancient art of living wisely) – coupled with insights of traditional healing and modern science - to help create the best of health. Inspired by my time in India, I love cooking a vegetarian feast and rely on regular yoga practice with lots of herbal teas and tonics to keep me well. I am passionate about running a business that inspires positive change and brings the benefit of the incredible power of plants to everyone we connect with – from our farmers, collectors, Pukka team to you. I live on a two acre garden-farm in Somerset where I grow a rainbow spectrum of medicinal and nourishing plants for my bees and family to thrive on. 

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