Cleanse, Nurture, Restore with Herbal Tea is the third book from Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs Tea.
Seventy recipes are divided into eight distinct chapters –Cleanse & Detox, Nourish & Digest, Energise & Rejuvenate, Peace & Harmony, Joy & Happiness, Defend & Protect, Man, Woman & Child, Beyond Tea – with introductory sections focused on the best ways in which to blend and brew perfect cups of tea.
The author is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda and Western Herbalism which is evident throughout the book. A small glossary appears alongside each recipe, detailing the effects, medicinal benefits and possibly contraindications of every ingredient in easy-to-understand terms. There is also an extended appendix at the back of the book which outlines the tenets of Ayurveda and the impact of elements on one's constitution.
Beautifully illustrated with photographs taken by Kim Lightbody, the text is clearly laid out and tightly edited. Most of the ingredients will need to be sourced online – there is a helpful list of UK and US suppliers on p.232 – and I suspect the initial outlay for some of the herbs might be on the high side. However, pre-made tea bags can be quite expensive, too, and there is something quite lovely about knowing you have blended the tea yourself. I've been drinking Pukka Tea every day for as long as I can remember and I'm so glad that they've finally released a book. A must-have compendium for tea lovers.
208 pages | 90 mins | bookdepository.com
Review copy kindly provided by Frances Lincoln Books.