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May 12, 2012

Herb Day and Adaptogens

Filed under: herbals and fruit blends,Newsletter,Tea and Health,Tea Classes — wbwingert @ 3:34 pm
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Many people are looking for more natural ways to maintain and improve their health.  Herbals can be a simple, tasty way to support your body’s health.  May 5th is National Herb Day and a good time to get to know more about the herbal world to find out what works for you and how to enjoy herbs. 

Souvia carries an ever-increasing selection of organic herbals and botanicals, but unlike tea, they all have different properties that can be confusing to understand.  While many herbs are tonics, some do require more awareness of potential interactions.

  • May 5th is National Herb Day – stop in to learn about new herbs and get 20% off of any of our organic herbals and botanicals – Can”t get in? use code HERBDAY on line to get the same deal
  • New Hours – We are open at 9am and stay open until 7pm Monday-Friday, no change to our Saturday hours 9am-5pm
  • The Next Tea Tuesday at ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center is Tuesday May 1st at 9:30am – Free Tea and Music
  • Sign up now for Adaptogens: Nature’s stress busters on Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00pm – learn about natural herbs that help with stress
  • Of course, May 13th is Mother’s Day
    • We have a special blend for Mom – Mother’s Love



Adaptogens – Nature’s Stress Busters



We all deal with stress every day – hectic schedules, lack of sleep, demands at the work place or in school – our world has become increasingly more complex. We are constantly bombarded with information via TV, cell phones and the internet, and the majority of it is negative, fueling worries and anxiety. Assaults on our senses create a physical and emotional reaction, an overwhelming feeling we call STRESS!


For the 20th consecutive year, April has been designated Stress Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Health Resource Network (HRN),  Health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

While our bodies strive to adapt to the stresses in our live and keep us balanced and healthy, it is the consistent exposure to stressors that eventually leads to physical symptoms such as:

  • dizziness
  • frequent bouts of low blood sugar
  • mood and memory problems
  • headaches
  • salt and sugar cravings
  • morning fatigue, low energy

In nature we find a category of herbs called adaptogens which can help the human body adapt to stress, support normal metabolic processes, and restore balance. They increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and promote normal physiological function. They can provide a defense response to acute or chronic stress and are unique from other substances in their ability to restore the balance of endocrine hormones and strengthen the immune system.


Adaptogenic ;erbs have been used for thousands of years in ancient India and China. In the past, they have been called rejuvenating herbs, qi tonics, rasayanas or restoratives. Modern research has substantiated what the ancients knew, that many of these herbs are important medicines that can be used for the prevention and treatment of a variety of common ailments.


Learn more about Astragalus, Tulsi (Holy Basil) and Eleuthero are some of the herbs that are considered Adaptogens on the blog



Ask Souvia



More questions on all things tea

How much tea do I need for a cup?

We recommend about 2 grams for every 6oz of water. Fortunately, this works out to about a level teaspoon for most teas.

Can I leave my tea steeping for longer than the recommended time to get more antioxidants?

Sure, it’s your tea.  Seriously, this will make for a bitter brew and usually cause one to add lots of sugar and/or milk to counteract.  Just steep it for the recommended time – you’ll get plenty of the good stuff.

With the teas that can be steeped more than once like some oolongs, what should I do with the leaves in-between steepings?

Once the leaves are out of the water, they should be fine just on the counter.  We do not usualy keep them overnight or in the fridge but the leaves should be fine for 24 hours, give or take.

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Thanks for Reading…



Thanks for reading this month.  Hope you found a nugget or two to take away.  Remember, slow down and enjoy a cup of tea or herbal infusion.  We hope you’ll visit us in the store, at one of our partners or online soon.  If you can’t get in, remember… we ship orders over $50 for free the same day and your tea will arrive quickly!