Every year on April 22nd, we are celebrating EARTH DAY.
On this day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature!
Did you ever wonder how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates. The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day.
At Souvia we are joining into these celebrations be encouraging our customers to help us reduce waste and packaging material.
- Buy a Souvia BPA-free iced tea cup and receive a free custom-brewed tea as well as discounts on any future teas to go
- Receive a free reusable shopping bag
- Always bring in your own container to refill teas and receive a $0.25 discount
Even the littlest things add up and can have great impact on the health of Mother Earth!
Lemon Balm (Melisssa officinalis) is one of my favorite herbs. Not only is packed with healing properties, it is quite tasty too.
Paracelsus called Lemon Balm the “elixir of life” and another great physician, Dioscorides, used it for “sweetening the spirit”. It is interesting how the knowledge these ancient physicians is now, centuries later, substantiated by modern science. Studies have shown that lemon balm’s rich concentration of volatile oils, specifically citral and citronellal, calms the nervous system as well as the digestive system. A cup of lemon balm will help with nervous exhaustion and as a mild sedative, it is helpful in cases of insomnia.
Lemon Balm can also be made into delicious tincture. Instead of alcohol, use glycerin as a solvent which will make the tincture sweeter and great for children or those who prefer to use non-alcohol based products.
To make the Lemon Balm Glycerite, fill a wide-mouthed glass jar with lemon balm leaves.
Prepare a solution of 3 parts glycerin and 1 part water.
Fill the jar with the solution and cover. Then let the jar sit in a warm spot for 3-4 weeks.
Strain and bottle the liquid and store the tincture at room temperature. It will keep for several months.
For adults, take 1/2 to 1 tsp. as needed. For children, adjust the dose according to size and weight.
According to Lin Yutang, author of the 1937 published book “The Importance Of Living“, there is a time an place when one should enjoy tea and there is a time when the atmosphere is not conducive to the enjoyment of this drink.
The proper moments for drinking tea are:
“When one’s heart and hands are idle”
Engaged in conversation deep at night
Before a bright window and a clean desk
With charming friends and slender concubines
When the day is clear and the breeze is mild
After a feast is over and the guests have gone
When children are at school”
Now when drinking tea one should avoid the following nuisances:
Bad water and utensils
Brass spoons and kettles
Crying children and hotheaded persons.
Balance is key to maintaining health and wellbeing and what better way to find that balance after an exhausting day at the office or chauffeuring the kids from one event to another, than to relax in the tub for a little while.
The skin is the largest organ and readily absorbs all the goodness you sprinkle into that bath water.
So if you feel a little tense and run down, combine equal parts of Peppermint, Spearmint, Chamomile and Rose Petals and fill a cloth bag with this mixture. Tie the bag closed and put it under the faucet when filling the bathtub. Squeeze water through the bag and use as a body sponge and aromatherapy inhalation.
Of course you can always enhance the relaxation effect by sipping a cup of your favorite tea!
Oolong tea has gotten much attention in the media, largely because studies showed that this tea may help with weight loss. Celebrities such as Oprah and Dr. Oz are endorsing the health benefits of this tea varietal and we have seen increased interest among our customers.
However there so much more to Oolong than its weight loss properties.
Oolong refers to category of teas that are partially oxidized and can only me made from certain types of the tea bush growing in specific geographical regions. The production of these teas requires the most skilled labor, is meticulous, artisanal and a sophisticated art of tea making that can only be compared to the art of boutique wine making.
The intention of the oolong producer is to partially oxidize the leaf, utilizing a special withering , bruising, rolling, oxidation and repeated roasting techniques to create the aroma and color of oolong.
The result is a tea that is somewhere between a green and black tea. Depending on the duration of the oxidation, the teas can be light, floral in taste and bright green or soft yellow in color. Or the can have a caramel color liquor and a flavor reminiscent of buttered toast.
They always surprise in their complexity and each infusion ( leaves can be re-steeped multiple times) offers the tea drinker a new experience.
Truly the “champagne” of teas!