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Good news for natural sweetness.
Made with licorice from Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Georgia's organic soils.
Let the goodness infuse, then settle down as the sweet, nourishing riches weave wonder and warmth deep within your soul.
Naturally caffeine free and ethically sourced, 100% organically grown ingredients.
Sweet treasure awaits. A tingling fusion of nature's sweetest herbal treasure unearthed from the wilds of Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Georgia's organic soils. Let their goodness infuse, then settle down as the sweet, nourishing riches weave wonder and warmth deep within your soul. Delicious. Your wealth is within.
Every Pukka plastic-free tea bag comes in its own recyclable envelope to retain the essential oils in our organic herbs. Each bag has two chambers, allowing these incredible herbs to flow and release the full potency in your cup. To help the flavours to fully disperse, pour boiling water directly on the bag. Every herb loves the water, so leave them to steep for the perfect brew. And remember to boil just the amount of water you need to make your cuppa as environmentally-friendly as it can be.
Kazakhstani liquorice root (45%), Pakistani liquorice root (45%), Egyptian liquorice root (10%).
Contains licorice - people suffering from hypertension should avoid excessive consumption. Seek professional advice during pregnancy.
Frequently asked questions
We love licorice at Pukka. Sweetness is just one of the six essential tastes that our Herbsmith Sebastian Pole considers when creating our blends, carefully balancing the therapeutic effect of our teas with the best taste experience. It is calming and nourishing, and its silky nature helps soothe your whole system. In many traditional medicine approaches around the world it is also seen as a good harmoniser of other herbs in a mix. Adding licorice to our teas brings out the best of all ingredients so you get the most balanced blend.
Some studies into the effects of licorice on our bodies have suggested that it has the potential to increase blood pressure and decrease blood potassium levels. These studies have used either isolated extracts of a constituent known as glycyrrhizin (GL) or licorice candy sweets, and the implications for taking licorice in its natural form, e.g. in teas, have not been established. For example, in licorice candy, high levels of sugar and salt may also affect blood pressure or potassium levels. Studies on the risks of licorice candy have also been done in countries where recreational consumption is more common.
Most Pukka teas have levels of licorice that are too low to have an impact on blood pressure unless taken excessively. However, there are a few where levels are higher and here we should take due precautions. If you have moderate or severe hypertension (high blood pressure) you should monitor your readings if you are taking regular daily quantities of Pukka teas that have high levels of licorice. The teas with the most have the word ‘Licorice’ in the title of the tea: Three Licorice, Peppermint and Licorice, and Licorice and Cinnamon (for which we put a high blood pressure warning on the labels). Other relatively high licorice levels are seen in Mint Refresh and Lemon, Ginger and Manuka.
On balance it is probably wise not to consume any high-licorice tea every day if you have high blood pressure. However, it is regularity and frequency that makes the difference and you should be able to enjoy occasional cups of all these teas safely.
Our guiding philosophy is to connect people with the power of plants to help them live healthier and happier lives. We do this by creating unique herbal tea blends using the finest grade organic herbs with the intention of making delicious tasting teas that also help you feel good. We take this privileged position of helping people make healthy choices for themselves and the planet very seriously indeed.
Sweetness is just one of the six essential tastes that our Herbsmith Sebastian considers when creating our blends, carefully balancing the therapeutic effect of our teas with the best taste experience. We often add Fennel or Licorice to our teas to sweeten them. Licorice, for example, is a magical plant that not only has 50 times the natural sweetness of refined sugar but it is also an incredible herb. It is calming and nourishing, and its silky nature helps soothe your whole system. It also acts as a good harmoniser of the other herbs in the blend, bringing out their best qualities so you get the most balanced cup of tea.
However, should Licorice not be to your tastes, we do have a number of blends that do not contain this particular herb. They are as follows;
Mint Matcha Green
Supreme Green Matcha
Elegant English Breakfast
Gorgeous Earl Grey
As the previous FAQ outlines, there is a potential risk with taking large quantities of licorice in the case of high blood pressure. Blood pressure can also occasionally rise significantly in pregnancy and, if this has been confirmed for you, you will probably be closely monitored and will justifiably be extra cautious about any additional risk and understandably give licorice a temporary break.
Actually, there is no evidence of general risks to pregnancy with moderate intakes of licorice. In the more excessive case, a sequence of studies by a research group in Finland has indicated that heavy consumption of licorice candy by pregnant mothers (high consumption is more common in that country) has minor effects on birth timings and may even have limited consequences for subsequent childhood development. However, these findings relate to sugar- and salt-rich candy consumption, and to daily ‘heavy’ (more than 500 mg glycyrrhizin/week) consumption over many weeks. Neither have these findings been confirmed in any other country. All other evidence points to moderate licorice consumption being safe, and regulatory authorities in Europe, the USA and Australia do not warn against its use in pregnancy. Nor do we.
Here at Pukka however we have your welfare close to our hearts so to take the worst-case scenario from the Finnish study we suggest that if you are pregnant you have less than 3 cups per day of Cinnamon and Licorice and Licorice and Peppermint and no more than 1 cup of Three Licorice tea per day.
All our teas are naturally caffeine free except for the following that contain green or black tea or cocoa;
• All Green Teas: Clean Matcha Green, Supreme Matcha Green, Mint Matcha Green, Ginseng Matcha Green and Turmeric Gold.
• All Black Teas: Elegant English Breakfast, Gorgeous Earl Grey
• Revitalise (contains 8% green tea)
• Original Chai (contains 20% black tea)
• Licorice and Cinnamon (contains Cocoa)
• Wonder Berry Green (contains 24% green tea)
Pukka do not use any form of decaffeinated black, green or herbal tea. We like to use plants in their most natural form, and the decaffeination process alters a plant’s natural chemistry. Some decaffeination processes can also utilise various chemical and mechanical procedures that are not in line with Pukka’s organic principles and so for the moment we have left the tea leaves as they come.
Green tea and matcha naturally contain caffeine, but also contain a constituent known as L-theanine which can actually help to balance the effects of caffeine in the body.
There are two main ways to keep a teabag fresh: wrap the individual bags or wrap the entire box. This is essential if you want to protect the high quality therapeutic organic herbs and essential oils. At Pukka we prefer to wrap each bag in an envelope so that once the box (ours is made with FSC certified cardboard and printed with vegetable-based inks) is open the other teabags remain fresh.
Tea companies have recently come under scrutiny for the use of polypropylene, a plastic used to heat-seal the edges of teabags. Pukka doesn’t use this kind of material. Instead, we use a simple stitch of organic cotton and a unique folding process. This means we don’t need to use polypropylene to hold our teabags together. We were the first company to ever use organic strings to hold our teabags together without the need of a metal staple or polypropylene.