If you haven’t discovered Pukka Herbs, their amazing Ayurvedic supplements, and delicious life-enhancing teas, then you are definitely missing out on simple, delicious, inspiring ways to revolutionise your health.
This small, perfectly formed ethical British company is the brains of medical herbalist Sebastian Pole and his business partner Tim Westwell. Sebastian (pictured above with fresh Bibhitaki fruits near Bangalore, Karnataka), is inspiring company and looks like a ‘sixties rock icon in ever-so slightly flared trousers, but try not to let that distract you. He is also a very fine practising medical herbalist, with a vast and inspiring knowledge of Ayurveda, the ancient medicine of India, and how it can be used in the West to promote vibrant health and wellbeing. There are three extraordinarily effective food supplements from Pukka Herbs, each certified organic by The Soil Association, that I can’t live without:
[divider]Ashwagandha has a gentle anti viral action, and helps to boots the immune system. It is ideal for those times when life is particularly demanding, and you need some gentle, organic rocket fuel. Ashwaghanda is called the Ginseng of India, and has been used safely for centuries as a tonic and adaptogen, which is said to impart the strength of the stallion. Whilst I haven’t noticed any sudden equine tendencies, or a liking for hay or Kendal Mint Cake, Ashwaghanda does works in the most subtle way to increase stamina, energy and clarity and leaves me feeling very serene.
My favourite nectar from Pukka is their Organic Aloe Vera Juice, which quickly became my inside-out elixir of life. Most aloe vera juice is made from the bitter outer leaf, which I find tastes awful, and also contains added preservatives, which I find irritating, and negates most of the benefits of drinking aloe. Pukka’s aloe vera juice is in a league of it’s own. The stuff is so good, I’ve developed a very naughty habit of swigging it neat, straight from the bottle! So does Sebastian – but you didn’t hear that from me.So what’s so good about aloe? Well, it’s like putting the finest engine oil into the body. It soothes and nourishes the nervous system and liver, acts as a very gentle laxative, works wonders on a delicate or sluggish digestion, lubricates joints, and is fantastic for your skin and hair. If you want to look and feel more beautiful – you need Pukka organic aloe juice.
Finally, my third can’t live without discovery is miraculous Turmeric. There is plenty of excitement about this antioxidant-rich, remarkable spice. Sebastian says: “Turmeric is a wonderful spice that should be used everyday. It is very useful remedy to help maintain healthy joints, circulation, and it’s a great skin beautifier, because it purifies the blood. It directly inhibits the enzymes that cause inflammation in the body and can be used wherever there is pain in the joints, shoulders and back.”Interestingly, scientists have also recently discovered that it has a preventive action with bowel cancer. I can tell you that it is also great for settling an upset stomach and has cleared up a nasty patch of dermatitis on my legs.To celebrate the brilliant powers of turmeric and Ashwaghanda, Sebastian has given me the recipe for one of his favourite drinks: Golden Milk. I can tell you that it tastes absolutely delicious and sent me off into a blissful, restful night’s sleep.
1 cup almond or rice milk
2 tsp organic almond powder
2 cardamom pods
1/4 tsp turmeric
pinch of nutmegHeat, and add 1 tsp honey
Take with 1-2caps organic Ashwagandha at nightThis helps to nourish the nervous system, reproductive system and helps you sleep. Pure Bliss!Try it, and tell us what you think.
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© Alison Jane Reid January 2011