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June 30, 2014

Stay Healthy When Travelling By Plane With Echinacea

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

Vacation time has begun and many of us depend on air travel to get to the desired destinations. For me, spending any length of time on an air plane always seems to result in a cold – especially after the 12-hour plane ride home to Germany. Confined to a small space with a large number of people, breathing re-circulated air for hours, you may leave the plane with more than just your carry-on bag!

To strengthen your immune system and avoid upper respiratory infections, bring Echinacea with your on your next trip!

In a 2009/2010 double blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in Australia, researchers found that Echinacea may have a protective effect against the development of respiratory symptoms during the period of travel.

One hundred seventy five participants in the study (18 -65 and in good health) travelled  economy class for a period of 1-5 weeks from Australia to America, Europe or Africa and back to Australia on flights of 15 to 25 hours with stopovers of less than 12 hours. Participants in the experimental group took Echinacea tablets before, during and after their travels, while the control group received a placebo tablet.

When researchers reviewed the participants’ surveys, it showed that the incident of respiratory illness in the Echinacea group was significant less than in the Placebo group.

Echinacea has been studied for prevention  and as treatment for the common cold because of its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immunomodulating effects. So before you plan your next plane trip, make sure Echinacea travels with you!

Source :  American Botanical Council, herb clip HC021231-443,


June 27, 2014

Shop Local during Independence Week!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:05 am

Local first logo4th of July

We are celebrating  Independence Day for a whole week – from June 29th 0 July6th!

Independece Week is a statewide celebration of local and independent businesses and was established by the non-profit organization Local First, eight years ago.

Local businesses are the back bone of our economy and therfore we members of Local First want to encourage our customers to put their money where their home is. Buying locally not only creates jobs and economic diversity, it provides a high quality of life for all.

If you don’t shop locally already, take Independence Week as an opportunity to explore the local businesses around you: stores, restaurants, service providers, During Independence Week, you can take advantage of special offers and promotions.  All you have to do is print out your golden ticket,  take it to one (ore more) of the 120 participating businesses and check out the deals!

 At Souvia we offer 20% off ANY item in the store!


Support Your State, City, Community

Shop Local!



June 23, 2014

Tea And Heatlth: Tea Might Boost Fertility

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:04 am

A research study conducted at Boston University found that two cups of tea per day may help boost a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant. Compared to the control group who did not drink any tea, women in the experimental group proofed to be 27% more likely to become pregnant when drinking tea regularly.

The same study found that consuming two sodas daily seems to reduce a woman’s prospect of becoming pregnant by 20%. There was no difference between sodas containing sugar and sugar-free versions.



June 20, 2014

Rosemary Assam Lemonde

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


One of the plants that certainly thrive here in the valley, is Rosemary! It seems that at least in my neighborhood people grow it in the front yard.

Rosemary adds flavor to many dishes and is especially popular in Mediterranean cooking. Did you know, however, that Rosemary and tea make perfect iced tea companions?

Try the following recipe and let me know what you think:

Take 7 cups cold water

9 tsp. Assam black tea

12 tbsp. honey

juice from 5 lemons

12 cup fresh rosemary, chopped

Bring 7 cups of water to a boil and steep the tea in it for 5 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves and stir in the honey until it dissolves. Pour the sweetened tea in to a 2-quart heat-resistant pitcher and add the juice of 5 lemons. Cool the mixture in the fridge.

Once it has chilled, add chopped rosemary to the bottom of another 2-quart pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon. Fill the pitcher with ice and our the Assam lemonade over to chill. Stir with a spoon to circulate the rosemary and serve.

Surprise your friends with this drink at the next barbeque….you’ll be sure to get a thumbs up!


Source: Tea Magazine


June 16, 2014

TEA Terminology Demystified….

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:00 am


Do you speak tea?  We love acronyms, or special expressions that make a topic more interesting or mysterious to the less knowledgeable. Just like with wine,the tea industry has created many terms unique to the manufacture, taste and enjoyment of this infusion. We often get a staggering array of questions from customers and wanted to spend some time on clarifying the tea buzzwords that leave glazed over looks and confusion.

Antioxidant– Antioxidants are naturallly occurring substances that stop free radicals from causing chain reactions that damage, kill, or interfere with cells that fight infections. Tea contains free radical-fighting antioxidants such as catechin, epicatechin, epicatechin gallate and epigallocatechin gallate, also know as EGCG. (also called polyphenols)

Astringent  – This term is related to tea tasting and refers to a sharpness of flavor and drying sensation in the mouth, caused by large amounts of unoxidized tannins in some teas. Astringency becomes more prominent when teas are steeped beyond the recommended time.

CHAI Chai is simply the Hindi word for “tea”. Here in the West, Chai is similar to what Indians call “Masala Chai” – a black tea that is  steeped in water and milk, together with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper. It is served hot and often sweetened with honey.

L-Theanine – L-theanine is an amino acid found in all teas (camellia sinensis) and is produced by our body. It increases the production of alpha waves in the brain, thereby relaxing and calming the nervous system. It also has cortisol-controlling and anti-stress effects. Shade-grown teas such as Japanese Gyokuro and Chinese Fog teas tend to have a higher amount of this amino acid.

Tea Sommelier– The French word “sommelier” means steward and refers to a restaurant’s wine expert, who helps customers with the wine selection. Since tea and wine have much in common, the term tea sommelier is an adaptation of the original and refers to a knowledegable tea specialist who can answer questions on the different tea varietals and help customers find the right tea for their palate.

Terroir– Terroir is French and is used as a way to describe the origin of a tea in terms of growing region, soil content and climate. Different terroirs create different flavors and aromas.  India’s Darjeeling district, with its high grown teas, for example, produces lighter black teas with distinct muscatel notes compared to the lower grown and more full-bodied teas from the Assam valley.

Tisane – Yet another word, borrowed from the French! A Tisane is the correct name for an infusion made from plants (herbs) other than the tea plant Camellia sinensis. Peppermint, Chamomile and Hibiscus are all examples for Tisanes.


June 13, 2014

Truly a Manly Tea…..

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With a name like “gunpowder” you know you are getting a lot of “bang” for your bucks! Joke aside, though, Gunpowder is a very popular green tea from the Zheijiang province in China.

The Chinese name for Gunpowder is “zhucha” (pearl tea), a reference to its pellet-like shape. Perhaps the tea’s green-grey color and large, irregular “grains” reminded traveling tea drinkers of gunpowder pellets used for canons. The processing method was initially developed  as a way of keeping green tea fresh for a longer period of time.

Today, gunpowder is a favorite in North Africa and the Middle East, where it is frequently mixed with mint and sugar to produce Moroccan mint tea blends.

Brewed gunpowder has a toasty, vegetal, slightly sweet taste to accompany its yellow-green liquor. It has a full body and hearty flavor and makes a delicious afternoon tea.

Be sure to brew Gunpowder tea loose in your cup so you can watch the leaves gracefully unfurl in the water.

Gunpowder is particularly popular with our male customers – could it be the name???

A Great Gift For the Tea-Drinking DAD!


June 6, 2014

More Iced Tea History……

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


iced tea southWhile some say that it was the 1904 St. Louis World Fair that kick-started iced tea’s popularity, others claim that it had long been a favorite drink in the South. In Kentucky, for example, cold-tea recipes showed up prior to the Civil War in cookbooks such as The Kentucky Housewife. In those days, however, ice was precious and kept in icehouses where the winter ice from rivers were gathered and stored until spring and summer. It was shaved and used to make ice cream or to chill down a nice glass of tea.

In the South, iced tea is simply known as “sweet tea” and I found this excerpt about the proper preparation in an article by Bruce Richardson. It was first published in Housekeeping in Old Virginia:


After scalding the teapot, put into it one quart of boiling water and

two teaspoonfuls green tea.

If wanted for supper, do this at breakfast.

At dinner time, strain, without stirring through a tea strainer into a pitcher.

Let it stand till tea time and pour into decanters, leaving the sediment in the bottom of the pitcher.

Fill goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea

over ice and sugar.

A squeeze of lemon will make this delicious and healthful, as it will correct the astringent tendency.

Times have changed and innovative tools and methods have created  faster and easier ways to prepare some great-tasting iced tea! For tips and a great selection of delicious teas, visit Souvia – at our store – or online!