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The origins of Chywanaprash & Golden Preserve

3rd October 2014

Chywanaprash is India's equivalent of our cod liver oil; its a daily nutritious tonic used to help us top up those parts other herbs can't reach. Millions of teaspoons of chywanaprash are eaten everyday in India because of its revered rejuvenating powers.

Its main ingredient is amla fruit (see above image), which is blended with other ingredients and cooked into a paste with honey, sesame oil and jaggery (concentrated sugarcane juice, which has unique nutritional properties).

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The story of Rishi Chywana, after whom it was named, inspires users to this day.

Chywana was born in a village India a few thousand years ago. He was the youngest in a large family and started life as a weak child, born prematurely, and was teased for being so puny. But he was never teased about his spiritual insights, which were evident from a young age. As was common in ancient India, his innate spiritual qualities determined his destiny to become a wandering monk (ascetic) and he left home at sixteen to seek spiritual enlightenment.

His simple lifestyle further depleted his physical form, but he didn’t mind: he was a monk and needed only to connect with the Great Spirit. 

After many years of deep meditation in the Himalaya, he reached enlightenment at the age of 80. His spirit was rich but his body had become old, his voice weak and his energy poor. However, in one of his meditations he had a vision of the future in which he could bring more happiness to the world by living longer, contributing to society and raising well-loved children.

But how was he do this, with his body so weak and wretched? He began to pray to the Ashwin twins, the holders of shakti, the universal energy.

Eventually they came, bringing a pot of herbal elixir. They said, ‘Rishi Chywana, because of your desire to serve humanity we have made you this rejuvenating elixir. It will bring you a strong body, good immunity and potent sexuality.’ 

One year later Rishi Chywana came down from the mountains a renewed man, married and had a large family. The elixir became known as chywanaprash and its reputation, first mentioned in the seminal Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita written over two thousand years ago, remains unsurpassed.

We developed our Golden Preserve with organic herbs and honey based on this original formula. Its a daily delight or herbal wonder.

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Sebastian Pole, Sebastian Pole, Co-founder and Master Herbsmith

Hello There. I’m a Co-founder and the Master Herbsmith at Pukka Herbs. As well as having the most amazing job of formulating all our organic teas and supplements I am a passionate environmentalist – that’s why we are 100% organic, pioneers in sustainably sourcing herbs with FairWild, and we give 1% of our turnover for rejuvenating the Planet. I also run my own herbal practice in Bath which I’ve done since 1998. I practise an eclectic blend of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine and am a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. I love using the principles of Ayurveda (aka the ancient art of living wisely) – coupled with insights of traditional healing and modern science - to help create the best of health. Inspired by my time in India, I love cooking a vegetarian feast and rely on regular yoga practice with lots of herbal teas and tonics to keep me well. I am passionate about running a business that inspires positive change and brings the benefit of the incredible power of plants to everyone we connect with – from our farmers, collectors, Pukka team to you. I live on a two acre garden-farm in Somerset where I grow a rainbow spectrum of medicinal and nourishing plants for my bees and family to thrive on.