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Do Herbal Teas Really Work? We Spoke To Pukka Tea's Master Herbsmith To Find Out

Do Herbal Teas Really Work? We Spoke To Pukka Tea's Master Herbsmith To Find Out

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There are now entire shop isles dedicated to different varieties of tea; all with beautiful packaging and displaying an impressive array of herbs and fruits expertly blended for their various health giving properties.

Purchasing tea can require lengthy perusal as you analyse enticing ingredients lists and try to assess your current needs: Experiencing a bit of digestive discomfort - might try sipping on some fennel and aniseed; feeling a little off kilter - then restore some inner sparkle with a cleansing blend.

With an ever expanding choice of speciality teas now widely available, there has never been a better time to start experimenting and learning to harness the power of herbs to enhance your body's own unique rhythm throughout the day.

But how do you know if they really work?

We spoke to Master Herbsmith and co-founder of Pukka Herbs, Sebastian Pole, who shared his knowledge on the ancient tradition of using herbal remedies;

"Herbs have a long history of use in the East and in Ayurvedic medicine. It's only recently that traditional medicine has been embraced by the western world.

Diagram explaining Ayurvedic principles, which lie at the heart of Pukka Herbs

"This seems to be in line with a growing interest in how people can support their health and wellbeing naturally. Herbal medicines help to address the root cause of a condition, rather than just treating the symptoms.

"For example, someone who suffers with achy joints or arthritis, rather than just treating the pain, taking turmeric could help boost blood flow to the joints, easing inflammation to in turn alleviate pain and increase mobility.

"In addition, there are numerous stress-related conditions such as IBS, chronic fatigue, low moods and even low libido. Ashwagandha is a revered adaptogenic herb that helps to calm and strengthen the nervous system and regulate the release of stress hormones (such as cortisol) to in turn manage stress and help you relax. It can therefore have a positive knock-on effect, helping to ease stress related conditions.

Ashwagandha roots and in powder form

"It's also important to remember that many conventional medicines are derived from plants. Herbal medicines and an understanding of nutrition can often address health issues where conventional medicines may struggle."

Pukka Organic Teas includes over different 40 blends, each with their own unique flavour notes and health attributes. We asked Sebastian to explain a bit about the extensive range;

"Each blend is created with health and wellbeing benefits in mind, to naturally nourish and support physical and emotional wellbeing; from helping to boost energy and concentration to supporting digestion and relaxation, amongst other key areas of health.

"For example, Tumeric Active is suitable for everyone, from active bodies and sports enthusiasts to desk dwellers and the less mobile.

"Blended using medicinal-grade herbs including turmeric, ginger, galangal and nettle, Turmeric Active can be be used to treat inflammation, alleviate pain and support the joints.

Turmeric root and in powder form

"Ginseng Matcha Green, a firm favourite amongst herbal tea drinkers, is the perfect blend to kick-start your morning (and a healthy alternative to coffee). Antioxidant-rich green tea leaf provides lasting energy when you need it most, without the characteristic crash you may experience with coffee. Red ginseng is well known for its uplifting properties and can bring calm alertness to power you through the day."

So how are these little bags of magic created?

"Every Pukka cuppa is created with sustainably and ethically sourced fruits and herbs that have been blended using India's ancient health system, Ayurveda, to enhance wellbeing and deliver a multitude of physical, mental and emotional benefits.

"I begin with a clear intention of what I am trying to create and who I want to benefit from the blend. The journey to then creating our teas, and now our herbal lattes, starts with the highest quality organic herbs, rich in natural oils, carefully sourced from over 50 countries across the world.

"The herbs are then analysed in the Pukka lab to ensure they meet stringent quality standards before being blended by me, using the wisdom of India's ancient health system. This means that every Pukka blend is created with its associated health benefits in mind."

There's a lot of talk about organic these days, why is it important to what you do at Pukka Herbs?

"All of the herbs we use in our wellbeing range are 100% certified organic. Even the string on our tea bags is organic.

"We choose to be organic as we believe organic farming is not only better for the environment and our health, but also for the welfare of animals and our planet. It's also a guarantee that the herbs we use are the best they can be.

"They are sustainably and ethically sourced. We do not use genetically modified ingredients and we test for toxic or harmful substances such as heavy metals, moulds, microbes, pesticides and allergens."

If you would like to find out more about the incredible, healing power of plants, then visit the Pukka website where there is a wealth of of information on herbs and their benefits.

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