Pukka was established in 2002 by Sebastian Pole and Tim Westwell, who were brought together by a mutual interest in promoting wellbeing. Sebastian is a qualified practitioner in Ayurveda and Chinese and Western herbal medicine and an avid herb grower.They wanted to create a totally organic business that inspired people to live healthier, more sustainable lives.
Translated from Hindi to mean ‘authentic’, ‘genuine’ or, more colloquially, ‘top-quality’, ‘Pukka’ epitomises all that they represent – their ethos, ambition and everything they create. Started with little finance, but plenty of passion, they’ve grown Pukka on their beliefs in Ayurveda – the ancient Indian art of living wisely – and the incredible health benefits of organic herbs. As they grow, their reliance on nature increases. With this in mind, they respect their relationship with the land by using herbs from organic and sustainable sources, enjoying long-term and fair-trade bonds with their suppliers. They are proud to say that all their herbs and products are certified organic by the Soil Association and the USDA* and can all be traced back to the field in which they were grown. They make regular visits to the farmers they work with to learn from as well as educate them. Like all relationships, it’s a two-way thing.
"Throughout our journey, the huge support we’ve received from our customers has encouraged us to stay true to our roots and vision. We’re still as passionate about sharing the wonders of organic herbs as we were when the seeds of Pukka were first sown.