Licorice & Cinnamon

Licorice & Cinnamon tea combines the pure sweetness of licorice with the warming whirl of cinnamon to deliver a lavishly fragrant and warming combination. Life’s most precious gifts are right here for you to enjoy; the finest sweet swirls of licorice root lavishly speckled with cinnamon’s golden warmth – this is a cup to make anyone feel wealthy.

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Licorice & Cinnamon

20 individually sealed sachets ready to make the perfect cuppa

Part of the Energy range

Energy-boosting teas to help you cope with the demands of modern life.

Dietary information

  • Organic
  • Caffeine free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Wheat free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Soya free
  • Nut free
  • Kosher

Frequently asked questions

  • Is the amount of Licorice in Pukka teas safe to drink during pregnancy?

    As the previous FAQ outlines, there is a potential risk with taking large quantities of licorice in the case of high blood pressure. Blood pressure can also occasionally rise significantly in pregnancy and, if this has been confirmed for you, you will probably be closely monitored and will justifiably be extra cautious about any additional risk and understandably give licorice a temporary break.

    Actually, there is no evidence of general risks to pregnancy with moderate intakes of licorice. In the more excessive case, a sequence of studies by a research group in Finland has indicated that heavy consumption of licorice candy by pregnant mothers (high consumption is more common in that country) has minor effects on birth timings and may even have limited consequences for subsequent childhood development. However, these findings relate to sugar- and salt-rich candy consumption, and to daily ‘heavy’ (more than 500 mg glycyrrhizin/week) consumption over many weeks. Neither have these findings been confirmed in any other country. All other evidence points to moderate licorice consumption being safe, and regulatory authorities in Europe, the USA and Australia do not warn against its use in pregnancy. Nor do we.

    Here at Pukka however we have your welfare close to our hearts so to take the worst-case scenario from the Finnish study we suggest that if you are pregnant you have less than 3 cups per day of Cinnamon and Licorice and Licorice and Peppermint and no more than 1 cup of Three Licorice tea per day.

  • Can I drink Pukka teas that contain licorice in if I have high blood pressure?

    We love licorice at Pukka. Sweetness is just one of the six essential tastes that our Herbsmith Sebastian Pole considers when creating our blends, carefully balancing the therapeutic effect of our teas with the best taste experience. It is calming and nourishing, and its silky nature helps soothe your whole system. In many traditional medicine approaches around the world it is also seen as a good harmoniser of other herbs in a mix. Adding licorice to our teas brings out the best of all ingredients so you get the most balanced blend.

    Some studies into the effects of licorice on our bodies have suggested that it has the potential to increase blood pressure and decrease blood potassium levels. These studies have used either isolated extracts of a constituent known as glycyrrhizin (GL) or licorice candy sweets, and the implications for taking licorice in its natural form, e.g. in teas, have not been established. For example, in licorice candy, high levels of sugar and salt may also affect blood pressure or potassium levels. Studies on the risks of licorice candy have also been done in countries where recreational consumption is more common.

    Most Pukka teas have levels of licorice that are too low to have an impact on blood pressure unless taken excessively. However, there are a few where levels are higher and here we should take due precautions. If you have moderate or severe hypertension (high blood pressure) you should monitor your readings if you are taking regular daily quantities of Pukka teas that have high levels of licorice. The teas with the most have the word ‘Licorice’ in the title of the tea: Three Licorice, Peppermint and Licorice, and Licorice and Cinnamon (for which we put a high blood pressure warning on the labels). Other relatively high licorice levels are seen in Mint Refresh and Lemon, Ginger and Manuka.

    On balance it is probably wise not to consume any high-licorice tea every day if you have high blood pressure. However, it is regularity and frequency that makes the difference and you should be able to enjoy occasional cups of all these teas safely.

  • Why do Pukka add Licorice to the tea blends?

    Our guiding philosophy is to connect people with the power of plants to help them live healthier and happier lives. We do this by creating unique herbal tea blends using the finest grade organic herbs with the intention of making delicious tasting teas that also help you feel good. We take this privileged position of helping people make healthy choices for themselves and the planet very seriously indeed.

    Sweetness is just one of the six essential tastes that our Herbsmith Sebastian considers when creating our blends, carefully balancing the therapeutic effect of our teas with the best taste experience. We often add Fennel or Licorice to our teas to sweeten them. Licorice, for example, is a magical plant that not only has 50 times the natural sweetness of refined sugar but it is also an incredible herb. It is calming and nourishing, and its silky nature helps soothe your whole system. It also acts as a good harmoniser of the other herbs in the blend, bringing out their best qualities so you get the most balanced cup of tea.

    However, should Licorice not be to your tastes, we do have a number of blends that do not contain this particular herb. They are as follows;

    Three Mint

    Three Fennel

    Three Tulsi

    Mint Matcha Green

    Supreme Green Matcha

    Elegant English Breakfast

    Gorgeous Earl Grey

    Three Chamomile

  • Why we love Cinnamon and is cinnamon safe?

    Cinnamon has been used safely for many years as a flavouring in foods and for its broad range of health benefits however there appears to be some confusion around some interpretation of what ‘true cinnamon’ is. It is one of two common names for only one form of cinnamon bark from the species Cinnamomum verum Syn. zeylanicum. This cinnamon is also called Ceylon cinnamon and it is not contained in our teas, being somewhat less flavoursome and lacking in many of the beneficial nutrients when made into a tea.

    Our unique Three Cinnamon blend is made with Vietnamese (Cinnamomum aromaticum), Indonesian (C. burmanni) and Indian (C. bejolghota) cinnamon respectively. All non-verum cinnamon’s are also known rather generically as cassia cinnamon and are the most commonly consumed cinnamons in both Europe and the United States, as well as through most of India, China and elsewhere in Asia. As you may know, the coumarin content of this form of cinnamon tends to be higher when compared with the verum form (but all cinnamon species contain coumarin). Owing to its high coumarin content, its beneficial properties and its unique flavouring characteristics, we include these three types of cinnamon in our Three Cinnamon tea. It is safe for everyone to drink. Our risk-assessment based on EFSA safety factors show that you would need to drink over 42 cups of our Three Cinnamon tea a day for a few weeks for there to be any problem. Of course, no one is going to do that. In all of our planning we assume that we will just drink three cups of any one type of tea a day.

    The concerns have stemmed mainly from evidence that liver or kidney toxicity can occur after exposure to high doses of coumarin over prolonged periods. However, this has been shown to be linked to a common detoxification pathway that is not present in humans, namely the 3-hydroxycoumarin pathway, which yields potentially toxic metabolites of coumarin. Humans are generally much less likely to suffer such toxicity because most individuals rely on the much more efficient 7-hydroxycoumarin pathway.

    However, there are justifiable concerns with very high intakes of cassia cinnamon when ingested as a ground powder in large quantities by a small subpopulation of individuals who have a genetic defect that prevents the effective biotransformation of coumarins by the liver. This has been the focus of a lot of recent research and risk assessment.

    We not only test the total coumarin content of all our cinnamon containing teas at third-party EU laboratories and in our own quality control facility based at our headquarters in Bristol, we also ensure that the total amount available when consumed as a tea would not induce any liver issues — the main potential risk — even in the most susceptible individuals.

    Our tea with the most amount of cinnamon is Three Cinnamon. Each cup of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea, based on a single bag infused in boiling hot water (250 mL) for 5 minutes, contains about 7mg coumarins. Clinical evidence suggests that you would need to drink 42 cups of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea for there to be any adverse effects or liver toxicity. Our other teas with cinnamon have the following lower levels of coumarin; Original, Green and Vanilla Chais have 3.2 mg, Revitalise has 2.1mg and Licorice and Cinnamon has 1.2 mg. Our Fibre Plus has 1.5 mg per daily serving and are all well within safe limits.

    Bearing in mind variations in susceptibility between individuals, and the incomplete state of knowledge of coumarins, Pukka Herbs offers the following recommendations to ensure the safety of its teas containing Cinnamon, notably Three Cinnamon tea.

    • Do not exceed four cups of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea daily within any 2 week period.
    • People with liver disease or coumarin sensitivity (polymorphism of CYP2A6 enzyme) should not consume more than one cup of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea daily within any 2 week period, unless otherwise directed by their health professional.
    • All of our other teas and supplements containing cinnamon can be used freely according to the recommendations on the packaging. 
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