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January 14, 2013

FIght the Flu By Keeping Your Immunesystem Strong!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am

 

woman drinking teaIt seems that an intense flu season is spreading accross the country and if you don’t want to become a statistic by falling victim to it, your best line of defense is to strengthen your immune system.

If your immune system is strong, a virus has a much more difficult time to set up camp in your body – but even if you do get sick, the duration of the illness will be much shorter due to the strong army of white blood cells that you built.

What makes your defense system strong? Some things are simple, such as getting enough rest and sleep. Nutrition plays another important role in your health. Load up on fruits and vegetables and keep the sugary, starchy treats to a minium.

Herbs fall into the food category and there are some quite powerful herbs with immune boosting properties:

Garlic is one of the most powerful medicinal plants and has been used for millennia. Research studies have shown its ability to kill viruses and bacteria. Consume at least one teaspoon crushed garlic a day or take a garlic supplement according to instructions.

Thyme is not only a common kitchen spice, but because of its active ingredient “thymol” a strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It is often used in remedies for colds and bronchitis. To make a tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 heaping teaspoons of thyme. Let stand covered for 10 minutes, then strain. Drink one cup several times per day.

Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs in the fight of colds an flu. This herb increases the levels of a chemical called properdin, which activates the part of the immune system that increases the body’s defense mechanisms agains viruses and bacteria. At the first signs of feeling a cold coming on, I take 15-25 drops of tincture every 3-4 hours or use 10z of herb and infuse it with 1quart of water. Let stand overnight and drink small sips throughout the day.

While Echinacea is very effective, it is not recommended for long term use as it loses its efficacy. Use best for one week, then take a break of one week and start up again.

If you want to know more about which herb can help you with cold and flu symtoms, talk to our knowledgeable tea consultants.

Keep warm and drink tea!

 

January 11, 2013

Baby it’s cold outside….keep warm with a Darjeeling Cider!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:06 am

It does come in handy, that January which is celebrated as National Hot Tea month, happens to be one of the colder month in Arizona as well. If you’ll ever enjoy a nice hot cup of tea here in Phoenix, it is definitely now.

At Souvia we are celebrating National Hot Tea month by thinking/steeping outside the box and offering samples of wonderful orthodox teas as well as by introducing ways you can make that cuppa just a tad more exotic.

This weekend, why not keep warm with a recipe that I found in this month’s Tea Magazine:

Darjeeling Cider

For two servings you will need,

2 cups cider

1tbsp loos leaf Darjeeling (Souvia Margaret’s Hope)

1tsp brown sugar, 2 tsp Pernod

2 oz Grand Marnier and 2 dashes of orange bitters

Place the cider, tea leaves and brown sugar in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and immediately turn down to a low simmer. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes and strain well. Add the remaining ingredients and serve in 2 pre-warmed mugs.

Cheers!

 

 

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 2:21 pm

I hope everybody made it safe and sound into the new year. December has been a treacherous month – after surviving the apocalypse on December 2st, ( turned out to be merely Winter Solstice!) we found ourselves at the precipice of a “financial cliff”……

Personally, I am just glad for my tea breaks that bring a little serenity and peace into my world.After the overindulgences of the holiday season, my favorite cup is “MorningAfter”, an herbal blend of Nettle, Dandelion and Peppermint. An infusion of this blend will not only leave you peaceful and relaxed, it will also help your liver get rid of the toxins that were left behind by too many glasses of champagne and cookies.

Cheers!