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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Learn How To Make A Greenie Martini With Bigelow Tea!

Unleash your inner Irishman (or woman) and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Bigelow Tea’s fabulous “Greenie Martini!”

Cindi Bigelow demonstrates how easy (and fun) it is to make a celebratory martini with an important and delightful ingredient: Bigelow® Green Tea!  This engaging video ends with a gripping contest of who has the better martini shaker technique – mother or daughter? You’ll have to decide for yourself!

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And do check out our full repertoire of NaughTEA libations and recipesSláinte!

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Bigelow Tea Says Hello Spring!

“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant

At long last, spring is in the air! It’s a season of rebirth, energy, romance and color. The tulips, hyacinths, lilacs and daffodils begin to sprout everywhere, making spring gardens look like something you’d see in a painting by Monet. Layers of winter clothing are shed and children run outside to play with a renewed sense of energy.

Springtime inspires teachers to come up with all sorts of spring-related activities and lessons and also reminds parents that it’s time to tackle spring cleaning at home.

In the United States and throughout the northern hemisphere, spring commences on the 20th or 21st of each March, when the sun rests above the equator, an event called the Vernal Equinox.

Secret Garden Cup and Saucer from Bigelow tea

As the earth moves around the sun,the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, as winter turns to spring. The southern hemisphere tilts away from the sun therefore,  in places like Australia and Argentina, summer turns to autumn.

Spring is a glorious time to connect with nature.  At Bigelow Tea, nature is synonymous with tea. We bring out the delightful floral tea sets and spend considerable time deliberating about which spring tea from our endless assortment that we want to sip and savor…since we seem to have such a serious case of spring fever, we may decide to try ‘em all….and we encourage you to do the same.  Happy spring!

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Bigelow Tea Wants You To Look In To Your Vision!

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March is Save Your Vision Month, a perfect time to review protecting your eyes and vision health. Studies show that up to 80 percent of learning for sighted people can be visual, and yet many children and students have never had an eye exam. At Bigelow Tea, we’re taking a good look at vision health this month.

One common vision concern is cataracts. Sunlight, smoking, diabetes, and steroid use can contribute to the development of cataracts, but most often it’s due to time and aging.

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In recent years, researchers have been studying the effects of EGCG, prominent in both black and green teas, in preventing the development of cataracts in the lens of the eye.

Signs that your vision is being strained range from difficulties seeing everyday things like a clock, signs, or an oncoming car to headaches while reading or working at your computer screen. Computer Vision Syndrome is a growing problem, as people of all ages spend more time in front of computers. But there are things you can do to reduce the strain:

  • Minimize time at the computer
  • Get special glasses
  • Blink more often
  • Use a humidifier
  • Instill artificial tears
  • Rest your eyes often

Of course we may need our computers to make it through the day (just like our Bigelow Tea). So take frequent breaks from the computer to rest those precious eyes of yours, and enjoy some of Bigelow Tea’s green or black teas–a Bigelow Tea salute to your health!

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Afternoon Tea Parties at Bigelow Tea

This year, to commemorate January being Hot Tea Month, the Bigelow Tea company celebrated throughout the month with a variety of fun activities, culminating with Bigelow’s annual afternoon tea parties.

Throughout the month my Customer Service and Call Center staffs in Fairfield, CT hosted a variety of events to celebrate Hot Tea Month and our facilities in Boise, ID and Louisville, KY also held afternoon tea parties.

In Fairfield we held raffles, giving employees an opportunity to win some wonderful items from Bigelow’s gift catalog. We also shared fun and interesting tea related facts and trivia with all employees to promote tea education.

On January 27 Fairfield held its afternoon tea party for the entire company. This year, in addition to serving wonderful Bigelow teas and delicious menu choices (which included cucumber sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, chocolate raspberry truffles, puff pastry with ham and gruyere cheese and scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd) we also incorporated the celebrating of Bigelow Tea’s 65th anniversary.

To mark the event we served pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, presented in the shape of the numbers “65.” A great time was had by all and my team and I certainly had a wonderful time hosting this event once again.

We are already looking forward to celebrating Hot Tea Month next January and sharing with you all the details and fun!

J David Silva, Sr.
Customer Service Manager
Bigelow Tea

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Bigelow Tea Wants You To Breathe Easier!

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Breathing is so fundamental that we sometimes take it for granted. Yet, for those who are afflicted with lung cancer or  may be at risk of developing the disease, the simple act of taking a breath can be quite daunting. There is positive news in a recent medical research study conducted in Taiwan and presented at the 2010 AACR-IASLC Joint Conference on Molecular Origins of Lung Cancer, in which researchers determined that regular consumption of the properties in green tea contribute to the deceleration of cancer cell growth in lungs. It is a fascinating report.

Researchers carefully selected and examined over 500 patients, 170 with lung cancer and 340 patients without. They were all subsequently sub-categorized as smokers and non-smokers, then as green tea drinkers or non-green tea drinkers.  It’s interesting to note that non-smokers who did not drink green tea had an increased risk of getting lung cancer by 5.16 times, in comparison to those who drank at least one cup of green tea per day.  More alarming was the finding that the smokers who did not drink green tea saw increases in their risk levels more by 12.71 times, versus their fellow smokers who drank at least one cup of green tea/day.

Aside from the genetic factor, scientists report that the antioxidants from the polyphenols found in green tea were powerful enough to inhibit and/or moderate lung tumor growth. These findings will likely spur further studies.

At Bigelow Tea, we’re always looking for organic ways to improve the quality of life, and green tea is as an outstanding option. So, take a nice, deep breath; smell the delicate scent of your favorite selection of Bigelow® Green Tea, made from lovingly grown, hand-picked tea leaves, and take a long slow sip. The smooth liquid will warm you up and do you a world of good!



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From one Bigelow to Another: Congratulations Kathryn Bigelow!

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It is hard to believe that up until Sunday, March 8th, no woman had ever won the Academy Award for best director. Well, folks, veteran Director Kathryn Bigelow changed all that, with her film, The Hurt Locker.

The harrowing 2009 film, chronicling the workings of a team of Bomb Disposal Specialists stationed in Iraq, had a strong buzz leading up to this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. It eventually stole the show, winning six awards in all including the highly coveted Best Director Oscar for Kathryn Bigelow, and the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year. And this year, the reward was even sweeter with double the regular number of films nominated in that category.

Kathryn Bigelow has directed seven films; including Point Break, but none that have garnered the critical acclaim of The Hurt Locker. Interestingly, the Director was once married to fellow Best Director nominee, James Cameron. (For 2009’s Avatar.) We’re sure there are big things in store for this talented director, and so Kathryn, from one Bigelow to another, we raise our cups to you!

And in case you missed the broadcast, you can watch her make cinematic history here!

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National Women’s History Month: Bigelow Tea Celebrates its 65th Anniversary, Thanks to Founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow

“What women have contributed to the building of our country is a story long overdue for the telling.”
~ Carolyn B. Maloney

We are proud to live in a nation whose rich history is replete with accounts of exceptional women who made new discoveries, triumphed over adversity and passed the torch of hope to those in need.

From the Suffragette Movement and trade union strikes, to crossing the boundaries of prejudice, these women paved the way for future generations of women to enjoy freedom, justice and empowerment.  Their stories are chronicled in the National Women’s History Museum and are well worth re-telling as we celebrate these inspirational women this March – proclaimed by congress as National Women’s History Month.

Bigelow Tea’s success is steeped in history too. It is the story of an ordinary American woman, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, who developed an extraordinary new tea recipe and created a flavor everyone could relate to: Constant Comment®.

Fine-tuned in her kitchen shortly after World War II, Ruth Bigelow’s Constant Comment ® would be the catalyst of a flourishing tea company.

Bigelow Tea has become a household name; since 1945, generations of Bigelows have tendered loving care and hard work to the legacy bestowed upon them by this remarkable woman–an American Classic –Ruth Campbell Bigelow.

As we celebrate both National Women’s Month and Bigelow Tea’s 65th Anniversary in 2010, we salute her, and the women before and since, who have helped build this country!

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Funny Man Bill Hader Stays Witty With Green Tea

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Bill Hader has been making us laugh on Saturday Night Live since 2005 when he first appeared as a “featured player”.  Since then, he has become one of the most popular stars on the show,  known for his many celebrated recurring characters.  He’s also one of our favorite tea drinkers here at Bigelow Tea!

Like Shenae Grimes, Hader is one of many celebrities making the switch to tea! Working so many hours had left him feeling a bit tired and run down. With a loaded work schedule and recent nuptials, the funny guy wasn’t making the healthiest choices. How does he get through the long days now? With green tea!

“[I’ve] gotten more and more healthy. My first season was… Red Bulls and shots of espresso and eating tons of sugar.  Then I got married, and I saw my wedding pictures, and I was like, ‘I need to figure something out here.’ Now it’s green tea.”

It was a fellow tea-lover, funny gal Megan Mullally,who gave him his big break. She saw him in the comedy troop, “Animals From the Future” and introduced him to SNL producer, Lorne Michaels.  The rest, as they say, is comedic history!

We love how these tea-drinking celebs stick together, and we can see that all those cups of tea and late nights are paying off – watch Hader in action here in this spot-on impersonation of Vincent Price and see for yourself!

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Bigelow Tea Contemplates Zen and The Art of Relaxing with Tea…

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“… the very purpose of our life is happiness,
the very motion of our life is towards happiness.”

~ H.H. the Dalai Lama, from The Art of Happiness

Happiness, according to Zen teachings, cannot truly occur until one achieves a state of mind known as Enlightenment. The path to Enlightenment is called “The Way.” Meditation and the study of koans help us travel this path. It is taught that,  as we embark on this spiritual journey, we begin to shed all the negative energy around us, essentially purifying the mind, heart, body and soul.

According to Zen Buddhism, we are each responsible for reaching this destination on our own. Therefore, according to the Dalai Lama, “the key to happiness is in our own hands.”

So what is the relationship between Zen and tea? Well, both Zen meditation and the ceremony of tea help relax and cleanse the mind, body and soul – allowing us to live in the present and experience a life where the principles of harmony, purity and tranquility reign supreme.

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With a wonderful selection of flavorful teas for every palate, Bigelow Tea knows firsthand what it means to experience the Way of Tea.

We lead complicated, hectic lives. It is essential to our emotional and physical well-being to take time to quietly sit and slowly enjoy the soothing taste of tea.  So, please, slow down for just a bit; savor some of our relaxing green tea, you’ll be glad you did. And the only pressing decision you’ll have to make is: which one do I choose? Should it be Bigelow® Green Tea Chai, Bigelow® Green Tea with Mint…or simply try them all?

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New Medical Study Shows That Green Tea Might Help Prevent Uterine Fibroids

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We know that green tea is an elixir for the soul – thanks to its exquisite, organic flavor and soothing taste. But can this Zen-like beverage help to revitalize our body?

In a recent study conducted by researchers at Meharry Medical College, it was discovered that green tea extract could potentially be used as treatment for uterine fibroids – a medical condition which affects over 40% of women in the reproductive age range.

In the past, a hysterectomy was the only treatment option presented to women suffering from this condition. Today, patients can opt for less radical and minimally invasive procedures, such as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

In an effort to determine whether there are any organic approaches to prevent/treat this disease, scientists conducted a study which demonstrated that antioxidant compounds – specifically, the Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that is found in green tea extract – can kill human leiomyoma cells in tissue cultures, as well as eliminate fibroid lesions in lab animals. The 2009 findings, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, were so encouraging that the next phase of the research –extensive human clinical trials – is set to commence soon.

At Bigelow Tea, we have learned that the polyphenols present in tea are believed to be largely responsible for green tea’s role in promoting good health. That’s why we have such a wide selection of green tea offerings – from the original fragrant Bigelow® Green Tea to the more exotic Bigelow® Green Tea with Mango. The medical research is impressive, and the green tea is simply delightful to sip and savor. So, pour yourself a cup and relax.

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