Podcast #59: Pukka tea and herbal magic with Sebastian Pole

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Firstly, a treat from this month’s show supporters… Pukka and Weleda

Pukka Tea

Pukka may well be my favourite tea of all time! They make incredible organic herbal teas, which are all certified Fair for Life, ensuring the whole supply chain is fair and sustainable. Pukka is proudly a B-Corp company using business as a force for good and donates 1% of sales to environmental projects through 1% for the Planet. Pukka teas hit the mark on exactly what I need for certain things. Three Fennel for digestion boost, Womankind, a beautiful gentle blend, Three Tulsi which is brilliant if you’re reactive to certain foods (it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti histamine) and Three Mint tastes tastier than any mint tea I’ve had in my life. There are so many beautiful options across the range! We have two fabulous offers from Pukka for this show and it is also the first time we extend our special offers to the UK and the US as well!

 

              

The offer is a 20% discount on online orders with the code LOWTOX20 for Australia and the UK. SHOP HERE.

For USA listeners only, if you fancy a free box of Pukka tea, all you have to do is pop in the comments what your favourite Pukka tea is.

Look – they even have a Pukka Advent Christmas Tea Calendar – when the adults get to enjoy their own little advent treat, too!

 

Weleda

Long time listeners will know how much I love Weleda and their magnificent range of natural beauty products and herbal medicines. Once I learned what low tox products were, Weleda became one of my key go-to brands, not only because of the quality of the products but also because they are very affordable. Weleda have been making their products since 1921. It all started with well known scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the scientist, who created the brand on the basis that reconnecting to the natural world brings us back to balance.

        

For this week and the month of November, receive 15% off the entire Weleda range* + FREE delivery over $29.95 (*excludes gift vouchers, gift packs and promotional items. Australian residents only). Code is LOWTOXLIFE and you can SHOP HERE>>>.

 

Now onto the show…

I’ve loved Pukka teas ever since I came across them. Their packaging reeled me in with the ‘pretty factor’ at first, superficial as that may sound. Quickly, however, their combinations of herbs, and later learning about their passion for the growth of organic agriculture and helping farms create viable businesses as their suppliers – needless to say it all sang to me – right down to the lack of plastics in their tea bags AND not even so much as a staple holding the bag together. I knew I wanted to take a look into how it all began and discuss the power of the humble herbal tea, with co-founder Sebastian Pole. Recently I was also interested (and paartly shocked, if I’m to be honest!) to learn of Unilever acquiring them. Then seeing a few “hate threads” online, threatening abandonment from the brand because of the sale, I thought: This is a chance for us to hear from the horse’s mouth about what is taken into consideration in such an offer. The main body of this brilliant chat with Sebastian, however, goes way beyond that recent event, and we look at how it all began, how the blends are created and what they want to achieve into the future. We even talk “What are your desert Island tea choices?” Big hearted business. Big goals. Change on a huge scale. Inspiring stuff. I hope you enjoy the show.

Here’s a little snapshot of the juicy bits in today’s episode…

  • Pukka came out of a desire to serve people and wanting to share very good quality plants to help support the planet. Its purpose is to connect people to the power of plants. Pukka only uses plants that are of the highest therapeutic grade.
  • Pukka’s core brand values ( the 4 wisdom seeds as Sebastian calls them) grew out of ancient yogic tradition: truth, respect, purity and effort. It’s about following your purpose and doing that in a respectful way, leading to greater authenticity, and applying this effort in a purposeful and inspiring manner.
  • Recently Pukka joined with Unilever and although this has been seen as highly controversial, it’s a step towards serving more people and bringing change at a larger scale. All Pukka teas only use organic herbs, all teas are fair-trade certified and they give 1% of sales to environmental causes: all things that they will continue to do under Unilever’s stewardship.
  • Pukka herbs come from 80 different countries depending on where a specific plant grows well. It could be Chamomile from Egypt or Croatia, Liquorice from Kazakhstan or Spain. Over the years, Pukka helped guide farmers on how to tend to the soil to protect the biodiversity, fertilise the herbs, in order to make them as nourishing and potent as possible.
  • Pukka’s tea blends are developed based on ayurvedic principles: key herbs are selected for the heart of the blend, and other herbs will then be chosen as “supporters” to the heart. Herbs blended together make a powerful force and can be used to provide certain benefits: relax or revitalise for example.
  • Pukka’s Three Mint combines mints with different flavour profiles and uses a different type of mint called field mint, with a very high level of essential oil. It helps stops spasms in the digestive system, releases tensions, cramps, gas and helps assimilate food more efficiently – consumed after a meal it is known to support digestion.
  • As a daily support for gentle detoxification assistance, the Detox tea blend is the go-to: made as a blend of seeds (fennel, aniseed, coriander) traditionally used to improve digestion, to help metabolise food and help to clear unnecessary deposits. The Cleanse tea helps detoxify the skin and blood and is made from wild harvested nettle, fennel, and aloe vera juice, great for people with a tendency to inflammation and allergies. A lot of Pukka teas are not only cleansing but also nourishing at the same time.
  • At Pukka, everything is organic, even the string used for the tea bags. They don’t use plastic and the bags haven’t been bleached with chlorine. The mission of the brand is to serve people and the planet, and go to the edges of the world to do the best they can to respect the tradition of herbalism.

 

And here are a few extra important links:

You can find out more about Pukka’s range of teas and supplements and order online here. Don’t forget your 20% off if you’re in the UK or Australia with your code LOWTOXLIFE

Facebook and Instagram links for US listeners and Pukka Australia instagram and Pukka Herbs HQ instagrams through those links. Happy tea’ing!

 

 

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Enjoy the show and thanks again for taking the time to rate and review the show – it’s like tipping the bartender and it means the world.

Low Tox. Happy us. Happy planet

 

 

 

Comments 31

  1. Thanks for a great episode, and for the fabulous Pukka discount – there are many flavours on their website that I’ve never seen in shops here in Perth, so I’m excited to try them. (Especially the Mint Refresh – thanks for the recommendation, young Seb!)

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  2. I’m just so grateful for your podcast!! I’m a listener from Michigan, USA and I have been listening to your podcast for months! It has made my commute to work enjoyable! I think the Tulsi Pukka sounds very good— thank you for everything you do, Alexx!

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      Hi Danielle – So glad you love the show! Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after the Tulsi – my fave. Subtle flavour but super soothing. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

  3. I really enjoyed this podcast Alexx, a great listen and thanks for the bonus discount. Off now to order some Cleansing Tea – a new one for me to try 🙂

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  4. Thank you for all your hard work. You inspire me to keep my life lowtox 🙂 I learn so much from all your podcasts. I would love to try Chamomile, Vanilla & Manuka Honey.

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      Hi Sarah – You’re super welcome. So glad you enjoy the show. Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after Chamomile, Vanilla Manuka. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

  5. Hello – ignore previous message re difficulty with ordering from Pukka website.
    I realised there was probably an issue with the browser (Safari) when I attempted to send them an email via website and that failed too – so I went to Firefox and the order went through OK.
    Sorry I didn’t try another browser before posting – it was worth persevering though as other than so many delicious sounding teas ( you could spend and evening reading about them) there are some lovely ideas for gifts (& self) like dear little travel tea tins and gorgeous bamboo reusable mugs.

  6. I just recently found your podcast and it’s wonderful! I’m enjoying chatching up on all the back episodes. I’m a listener from the USA and would love to try the Chamomile, Vanilla & Manuka Honey tea.

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      Hi Mary – So glad you’re enjoying the show, thank you! Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after camomile, vanilla manuka. Have a beautiful weekend x

  7. Thanks Alexx for all you do! I listen to your podcasts each morning on our walk to and from school. So excited to see an offer for us living over here in the US. I’m an Aussie living in California and would love to try out some Pukka Teas. But how to choose, they all sound amazing. I’d love to try out the herbal collection or the chamomile, vanilla and manuka honey (can’t decide, surprise me!).

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      Hi Shae – awesome. Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after either the camomile or the vanilla / manuka – or a surprise! Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

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      Hi Rachel – So glad you love them too! Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after Three Tulsi – good choice, my fave too! Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

  8. Hello! This is Elizabeth from the U.S. Loved this show and interview with Sebastian from Pukka Herbs. I have to admit, I was first drawn to the brand because of their beautiful packaging. After trying the tea, I also realized it was a legitimately great product. My favorite is the Three Tulsi. Thanks for your continued dedicated to education and sharing information.

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      Hi Elizabeth – So glad you enjoyed the interview and yes their packaging is gorgeous isn’t it? Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after Three Tulsi. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

  9. Hi! This is Paige from Michigan!
    I am so grateful to have found your show as I start on my journey towards a low tox life. I would love to try the detox tea.

    Thank you for all that you do!!

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      Hi Paige – Thanks for your lovely words – I”m glad it’s all been helpful for you. Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after Detox tea blend. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

  10. Thanks alexx, what an interesting episode, particularly as I, like many, was concerned to hear of the Unilever takeover of Pukka tea. However, listening to Sebastian tell the story of Pukka in his own words was really great. I’ve just been on to order some of my favourites using the fabulous 20% discount (thanks for including Scotland!), and got so carried away I qualified for free delivery and some free mugs! Happy days! Keep up the great work :0)

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      Gail – hilarious. Sounds like you went a little tea crazy! It’s Christmas and winter for you though, so no doubt your stash – and the free mugs – will come in handy! I was super excited to be able to include the UK. x

  11. I’d love to try the three ginger tea. Because of this episode I ran out and purchased two boxes and my local Fresh Market and I LOVE them! I got Three Mint and Love and they are so wonderful! I never would have heard of them if you hadn’t done this interview! I doubt I’ll buy another brand again. Thank you!

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      Hi Melia – So excited you’ve made the discovery thanks to the show and nice choices there, so far!! Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after the Three Ginger. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

  12. Just listened to this podcast as I drove 7 hrs. across the western part of Texas. Such an interesting interview. I will be on the lookout for Pukka here in west Texas. I think I would like to try the Three Mint tea.

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      Amazing Mary – I bet it was a beautiful drive. I’d love to visit Texas again – haven’t been in 30 years! Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after Three Mint. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

  13. Thank you so much for your wealth of knowledge, it has recharged my life and commute! The Elderberry & Echinacea sounds wonderful!

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      Hi Ashlyn – Elderberry Echinacea is my husband’s favourite. Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after that blend. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show – glad you love it! x

  14. Thank you for a great podcast! I appreciate that you have a special offer for listeners in the United States. I am listening from Boston and I would like to try Pukka’s Love tea.

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      Hi Pamela over in Boston! LOVE the love tea – great choice! Pop [email protected] an email and mention the podcast, sharing your postal address with her please and the fact that you’re after Love blend. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the show x

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