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Rajasthan - Land of the Kings

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Quilted with kingly palaces and colour-charged cities, Rajasthan is the jewel in India’s glittering crown. Known once as ‘Land of the Kings’, it’s one of the largest of India’s many states – having been formed by the amalgamation of 23 old kingdoms during the days of British rule.


Herbal treasures

For Pukka, Rajasthan glitters with more than simply its princely past. It is here, in sun-kissed fields and parched deserts, that some of the incredible plants we use grow.

In these sandy soils the rejuvenating herb shatavari flourishes; its long tuberous roots finding the nourishment they need to grow strong in the cooler levels of earth. We use shatavari in Womankind for women’s health and Glow for the skin.

Throughout Rajasthan, villagers take shelter from the burning sun under the shade of huge neem trees. Known as 'the bestower of health', the neem tree is used by the local villages for preparing countless traditional remedies. 


Golden star

Cross over the toothed peaks of the Aravalli Range of hills, which form the backbone of Rajasthan, and you reach the swaggering dunes of the Thar Desert. Dotting the landscape are desert shrubs and trees, and amongst them grows Indian Myrrh (also known as guggul).

This thorny shrub produces a much-coveted golden resin, which we use for our Natural Balance. Sadly, guggul’s aromatic gum has become so popular in herbal medicine that the plant is now listed as threatened on the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Red List.


Helping hand

To help support the sustainable production of guggul, we’ve tied up with local partners in this part of Rajasthan. Together, we’re working on a pioneering guggul project to organically cultivate this wonderful, endangered species.

It’s a small initiative and there’s still a lot for us to do before we can pass on its virtues to other guggul growers in this part of India – but as Lao Tzu says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

So here’s to the road ahead, and all the beauty we encounter along the way.

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Sebastian Pole, Sebastian Pole, Co-fondateur de Pukka et Herboriste expert

Bonjour. Je suis le co-fondateur et maître-herboriste de Pukka Herbs. En plus de m’occuper de la création de tous nos thés, infusions et compléments alimentaires bios, je suis un écologiste passionné. C'est pourquoi nous sommes 100% bio, pionniers dans l'approvisionnement responsable avec FairWild et pourquoi nous reversons 1% de notre chiffre d'affaires annuel pour la protection de la planète. J’ai également depuis 1998 mon propre cabinet de Naturopathie à Bath. Je pratique un mélange éclectique de phytothérapie ayurvédique, chinoise et occidentale et je suis membre de l’Ayurvedic Practitioners Association’, ‘Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine’ et du ‘Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners’.J'adore utiliser les principes de l'Ayurveda (l'art de vivre avec sagesse) - associés à des connaissances sur la guérison traditionnelle et la science moderne - pour apporter les meilleures solutions naturelles aux problèmes de santé. Marqué par mes séjours en Inde, j'adore cuisiner végétarien et je pratique régulièrement le yoga. Je suis passionné par notre mission, d’apporter le pouvoir des plantes biologiques au plus grand nombre à travers une entreprise engagée, génératrice de bien. Je vis dans une ferme du Somerset au Royaume-Uni où je cultive de nombreuses plantes médicinales pour le plus grand bonheur des abeilles et de ma famille.

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