Tea Review: Pukka – Elderberry & Echinacea

Brand: Pukka 

Tea: Elderberry & Echinacea with Elderflower

Type: Tea bag

Ingredients: Licorice root, ginger root, Echinacea root and leaf, beetroot, aniseed, elderflower, peppermint leaf, orange peel, rosehip, elderberry, acerola fruit, orange essential oil flavour, natural blackcurrant flavour

Where I bought it: A health food store in Leichhardt

 

First Impressions: I’m usually drawn to brightly coloured things so Pukka teas generally grab my attention as I walk through the aisles. This one has the same style as the rest of their packaging, tailored to the ingredients – it’s pink and purple with berries and flowers on it. I like pink and purple so it works well for me.

          

Why I’m drinking it: This is another tea that I bought to help increase my water intake throughout the day. At this time of year when it’s cold and rainy in Sydney drinking tea with Echinacea in it gives the immune system is handy little boost. Echinacea is an immunomodulator, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant1. It’s been used in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as the common cold as well as sore throats, coughs and ear aches2. Elderberry and Elderflower have a similar set of actions (antioxidant, antiviral, immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory1) so it is not a bad tea to have lying around as winter sets in.

Aroma: It’s berry fruity (Did you catch that Dad joke? ‘Berry fruity’ because it smells very strongly of fruit and it has berries in it).

Taste: There is a little bit of that Echinacea tingle at first but nothing like you would have experienced if you have ever used Echinacea as a herbal medicine. It mostly tastes fruity, I can’t really distinguish one flavour from the next in the long list of ingredients. A bit of licorice comes through in the after taste and although blackcurrant is the last ingredient on the list I feel like that comes through strongly in the both the smell and flavour.

Will I drink it again? Yes, this has actually become one of my favourite teas and at the moment I probably drink one cup a day.

 

References:

  1. Braun, L and Cohen, M 2015, Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence Based Guide Volume 2, 4th Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW
  2. Bone, K 2007, The Ultimate Herbal Compendium: A desktop guide for herbal prescribers, Phytotherapy Press, Warwick, Queensland
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