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These Are Some Of The Ways Tea Is Terrific For Your Mind and Body!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

 

Did you ever notice how it’s nearly impossible to be stressed and have tea at the same time? Crazy how this simple drink is seriously the perfect pick-me-up for whatever and whenever you need it. Think about it, when was the last time drinking tea made you feel worse for the wear? Totally the opposite, right?

Maybe it has something to do with those little things called flavonoids?

First, what on Earth is a “flavonoid” and why should you care? Well, turns out everyone’s favorite plant, the Camellia Sinensis (where tea leaves come from), contains these lil’ beauties. They are none other than dietary compounds naturally found in plants and are released when the tea leaves come in contact with boiling water according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.

In fact, they say tea releases about 300 mg of flavonoids per 250 ml serving, compared to fruit juice, which only has up to 50 mg per serving. (So you may want to skip the OJ in the morning and go straight for the tea!) Flavonoids, research tells us, are known to have some amazing benefits for the body, thanks to their antioxidant content.  Pretty interesting, right? Here are just some of the cool things tea can do for you:

Tea may do a body good.

Scientists in Australia found that regularly drinking 3 cups of black tea a day may help lower blood pressure, according to Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. Either way, multiple cups of tea daily is surely a tasty way to get through your busy day – hey, no reason not to enjoy a mug morning, noon, and night, right?

Tea helps you take a chill when counting calories.

Tea is totally calorie-free, so you can sit back and relax and not have to worry about calorie counting as you enjoy cup after cup…after cup! Tea is terrific way to stay hydrated while treating yourself!

You’ll have less caffeine, and fewer jitters.

You can still feel a buzz without getting into that crazy caffeinated state that coffee can cause. After all, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee, according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, while still providing that energy boosting feeling that you’re craving.

So the final lesson to be learned here? Turn to tea for a super duper bundle of goodness!

What’s your favorite part about drinking tea? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Should Be In Your Favorite College Student’s Next Care Package

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

It can be tough to find the right gift for your son or daughter (or friend or loved one!) when they go off to college. They’re probably not going to tell you what they want (ugh, mooom, stop asking!), and you want to surprise them anyway. Bigelow Tea has you covered, though – from the feel-good ingredients of the Benefits line to the classic comfort of “Constant Comment®” or even this awesome limited edition tin of tea, you can make sure the student in your life is stocked up and stoked to open a care package from yours truly.

It could even be the things to break out from few-word texts. We can picture the conversation now…

MOM: Hi, sweetie, how’s college? Are you enjoying your classes? Have you met new friends? I miss you!

STUDENT: It’s good. Miss you, too, mom.

MOM: Roomie situation OK?

STUDENT: Going fine.

(…a few minutes later…)

MOM: Did you get that package I sent you?

STUDENT: OMG! Yes! I meant to thank you for all the tea. The Earl Grey got me through studying for my first exam the other day, which I think I aced. And my roommate loves the Caramel Chai – she asked if you could send her a box because we’re almost out already!! We’ve had a couple of nights to chill so the tea was awesome… and guess what?  I am drinking the tea right now!!!  Thanks again SO much. Love you!

Yup. Just like that. Well, maybe not exactly like that, but we have a feeling your favorite college student will definitely enjoy the warm thoughts – and warm tea. Send a care package today (like this Tea & Herb Assortment or this Everyday Wellness Gift Box)… it’s guaranteed to make them smile. Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your ultimate Bigelow-filled care package!

This Is Why You Should Start Your Day With A Mug of Bigelow Earl Grey

Friday, September 1st, 2017

A true classic, Earl Grey is a tea fit for a queen (more on that later). Ask anyone. A cup of Bigelow Tea Earl Grey tea will make your day. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes – thanks to the finest bergamot oil sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. Wait, you may ask, what’s so special about this bergamot oil?

The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor – just like the Bigelow family.

So, about that queen? Yes, the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth starts her morning with a pot of Earl Grey tea. In fact, this cheeky writer even spent a week eating – and drinking – like the queen. And, well, suffice to say, she enjoyed quite a few mugs of Earl Grey. Who can complain about that?!

Another fan of Earl Grey? Bob. Who’s Bob, you may wonder? Just the coolest guy ever who also happened to be president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s CPR instructor. And, hey, there’s even a fun – and entirely impromptu – moment on camera where he tells us why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. Wow! As he emphatically explains in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot. Tag #TeaProudly if you agree!

This Land Was Made For You And Tea

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

It’s the start of July, and you know what that means – Independence Day, a time when families celebrate the great U.S. of A… and the Bigelow Tea family is no exception! In fact, before you start the grill, grab the fam to go watch fireworks, or run around with sparklers, hold on a sec… because in addition to celebrating the land of the free, let’s give a shout-out to all the American-owned and operated companies, because, hey, yesterday was Made in the USA Day!

Seventy-two years and three generations ago, family-owned Bigelow Tea planted its roots in American soil. To this day, every batch of tea is still blended and packaged in the United States, and each Bigelow Tea employee is based here, too. Thanks to founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, the company has found success as the first specialty tea packager in the United States, and has gone strong for more than seven decades. But Ruth Campbell Bigelow (thankfully!) isn’t the only woman entrepreneur to establish a legacy in our country. So, as you grab that mason jar of iced tea, raise it to these fellow American gals with an entrepreneurial spirit, and let’s celebrate this great land of opportunity.

Aviators (not just the sunglasses)

In 1932, Olive Ann Beech co-founded Beech Aircraft Corp. in Kansas, alongside her husband, Walter, at the height of the Depression. Within a decade, the business grew from 10 employees to 10,000, when 270 of their Beech Model 17 Staggerwings were manufactured for the U.S. Army during World War II. After Walter died, Olive Ann became president and CEO of the multimillion-dollar aerospace company. During its tenure, Beech Aircraft Corp. had a lasting impact on general aviation and, of course, it’s pretty awesome that there was a woman leader at the helm!

Beautifully American, Gorgeously Global

Josephine Esther Mentzer – AKA Estée Lauder – was born and raised in Queens, New York, and gained merchandising experience working in her father’s hardware store. In 1946, she founded the Estée Lauder Company and began selling skin-care products developed by her chemist uncle to beauty salons and hotels. Her talent for sales led her to her own counter at New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue in 1948, followed by Neiman Marcus in 1950. Before she knew it, Lauder’s brand went global. And, today, the enterprise exceeds $11 billion in sales (!).

An Icon for Every Little Girl

Once Barbie was created, the world was never quite the same again. Ruth (yup, another great Ruth!) Handler came up with the idea of creating a doll that looked more grown-up after noticing that her daughter preferred to play with paper dolls that looked like adults. Although her husband didn’t think the idea would sell, Handler brought Barbie (her daughter’s nickname) to a New York toy fair in 1959. Handler and her husband, Elliot, were already selling dollhouse furniture and other toys through their company, Mattel, based out of their California garage. Within five years, Mattel became a Fortune 500 company, and continues to thrive today.

The United States is recognized across the world as a place of opportunity, for new beginnings and to start new ventures with the promise of great success. And it’s all made possible by the freedoms we enjoy as a part of this great nation. So, take a moment to salute our country (or toast to it with tea in hand), and share what makes America special with those closest to you. Have a wonderful 4th this week!

6 Tips For Getting Gorgeous With Tea!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

You probably already know that Bigelow Tea is amazing in a mug, but tea is also fabulous for your face, feet, and more says Reader’s Digest! In fact, black tea is an incredible beauty secret! Try these awesome suggestions and enjoy a more marvelous you while you indulge in a mug of your favorite flavor!

  1. Put the kibosh on a pesky pimple. 

Keep a spot from rearing its ugly head by covering it with a warm tea bag for several minutes. This just may shrink the zit, thanks to the tannins in black tea – they are thought to have antibacterial properties.

  1. Help feet smell sweet.

Stinky feet can get relief with a black tea footbath. Just soak your tired dogs every day for at least 15 minutes in a small tub of water that contains boiled black tea bags. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for sandal season!

  1. Calm a cut.

Next time you nick yourself, press a cool damp tea bag on the spot- black tea can act like an astringent and help stop the bleeding. Who needs Band-Aids?

  1. Say goodbye to grays.

Save time and money by heading to your kitchen instead of the salon. Make your own natural dye by following this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair without rinsing, and enjoy gorgeous colored strands.

  1. Pull the puff out of tired eyes.

Whether your eyes are hurting from allergies or a late night, tea can help peepers pop again.

Cover closed eyes with cool, damp tea bags for a couple minutes and you’ll look like you got at least 8 hours.

  1. Soothe a rash.

Help an itchy rash, such as Poison Ivy (so much for that nice outdoorsy walk, right?), feel much better by taking a soak in a tub filled with a few tea bags in it. Might as well treat yourself to a mug of tea (um, not from the bathwater!) while you’re relaxing in the bath!

Is tea one of your beauty tricks? Tell us all of your “beau-tea” secrets and tag #TeaProudly!

Bigelow Tea Owned Charleston Tea Plantation, A Tea Journey Past and Present

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Bigelow Tea has been an American classic since 1945 and while we all know and love the company’s tasty tea, Bigelow has another gem to celebrate, the Bigelow owned Charleston Tea Plantation which is America’s largest working tea garden located on the historic Wadmalaw Island. This South Carolina destination has ideal climate for growing the Camellia Sinesis (tea!) plant. Bigelow purchased the plantation in 2003 and has created a literal tea oasis; besides producing American Classic Tea, the plantation is also a beautiful setting for weddingseducational tours, and even a variety of music festivals.

NPR shared what life is like on the Charleston Tea Plantation in an interview with America’s only fulltime tea taster, William Barclay Hall. Hall gives fascinating insight into growing tea the old-fashioned way:

  • The Charleston Tea Plantation grows cuttings in a nursery for four years instead of planting seeds. These bushes are, unbelievably, descendants of the same plants that were first brought to region in the 1700s.
  • Talk about a taste for tea — Hall is a third generation tea taster (his father and grandfather held the roles before him) who was trained in London. During his training, he tasted as many as 800 teas a day, five days a week!
  • Tea is one of the only commodities in the world bought and sold based on taste, according to Hall. Because tea is harvested on average every 15 days, the taste is always changing based on everything from the temperature, to the amount of rain, to the time of year.
  • Pests stay away from tea! The caffeine and tannins in tea repel insects, so the Charleston Tea plantation doesn’t need to use any pesticide, herbicides or fungicides.
  • Tea leaves are placed on “withering box” screens for 18 hours, and then macerated in a grinder. Hall then steeps, tastes and blends every single batch until he thinks it tastes absolutely right.

Now you know: a little piece of tea history continues on in the modern world, all thanks to Bigelow!

Bigelow Tea Is Sweet On Caramel

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Hey, tea lovers, let’s talk caramel. This decadent flavor is exactly what you need in your life—especially today, given it is National Caramel Day. Thank goodness, Bigelow Tea has got you covered. Each of our caramel teas have *real* pieces of caramel in the tea bag. Yes, you heard that correctly… little nuggets of bliss that make each flavor—Vanilla CaramelCaramel Chai and Salted Caramel—a heckuva lot yummier. All are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Besides delicious, what exactly is caramel? And why on earth do we all love it so much!? From sauces to wrapped treats, caramel is a versatile piece of sweetness. While its exact history is unknown, it is documented that around 1650, American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. Between this time and the early 1880s, candy makers began to add fat and milk while boiling sugar and water, creating what is now known as ooey-gooey caramel. Caramel candy’s popularity increased greatly when Milton S. Hershey opened Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886. Soon after, caramel candies were being shipped across the United States and to Europe.

Jump ahead to today and check out how Bigelow Tea rocks caramel: Salted Caramel is an all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt; Caramel Chai Black Tea is made with spices, natural caramel chai flavor and molasses crystals; and Vanilla Caramel is smooth and sweet, thanks to the rich caramel and creamy vanilla ingredients. Pick a flavor, add a splash of cream and a hint of sweetener and you’ll have the perfect bit of awesomeness in your mug of tea!

Have you tried one of the Bigelow caramel teas yet? Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your fave!

Add Some Spice To Your Life With Bigelow Cinnamon Teas!

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Sweet and spice and all ingredients nice…that’s exactly what you’ll find in Bigelow Tea’s flavors that include cinnamon. From the straightforward goodness of Cinnamon Stick Black Tea, to Bigelow Benefits Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal Tea and Steep Sweet Cinnamon Tea, cinnamon for sure is an awesome tea flavor ingredient that we all love! Waiting for a cup to brew will seriously feel like the longest minute of your life. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) and has quite the history. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

  • Death and gods and cinnamon: Cinnamon was believed to have been first used as a perfuming agent during the embalming process around 2000 BC in Egypt. Later, an ancient Greek inscription describes the spice as one of the gifts given to Apollo at the temple of Miletus.
  • Snakes and secrets and enormous birds: Despite its widespread use throughout the ancient world, it didn’t arrive to Europe until after the Middle Ages. Actually, it was known to be the Arab merchants’ best-kept secret until the early 16th century. To keep their monopoly on the cinnamon trade and justify its high price, traders would tell tales to their buyers about where and how they obtained the luxurious spice. One documented story claimed that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human and could only be gotten when the nests broke. Another tall tale claimed that cinnamon was found in deep canyons guarded by snakes.bigelow tea benefits
  • A failed attempt by Columbus: In one instance, Christopher Columbus wrote to the King of Spain and said he’d found cinnamon and rhubarb in the New World. However, when he sent samples of what he found, it was discovered that it was, in fact, NOT cinnamon. Sadly, it was just tree bark. And while cinnamon is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, good ole’ Columbus was barking up the wrong tree.

Whatever its past, we’re stoked that cinnamon is a part of our present. And you can make it a part of your future any time, thanks to the great variety of Bigelow Tea flavors that highlight this spectacular stick. Next time you want to take your tea up a notch, reach for one of Bigelow’s cinnamon flavors or add a stick to your cup for a little extra heat! Yummm!

From Tea Entrepreneur To The White House, Bigelow Tea Presents Four Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped History

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

bigelow tea constant comment ruth bigelowThere’s an unattributed quote circling the Internet these days—maybe you’ve seen it? “Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” And, goodness, that quote certainly rings true, especially during Women’s History Month. Which is why Bigelow Tea wanted to take a moment to recognize a few notable women, all of whom share a common thread: They were born in 1896. Let’s start with one that you’re probably a bit familiar with (I mean, you’re on the Bigelow Tea Blog, right?!).

Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Entrepreneur

bigelow tea ruth campbell bigelow In 1945, inspired by an early Colonial recipe and dissatisfied with the tea that was commonplace in the 1940s, Ruth Campbell Bigelow focused her energy on making a better cup of tea in the kitchen of her New York City brownstone. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea in the country. After that, she didn’t look back—“Constant Comment,”® and the Bigelow Tea Company we know and love was born. Today, we don’t need to look far to be touched by the leadership and spirit of pioneering women. At the helm of the family-owned company is third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow. Before assuming the role in 2005, Cindi spent 20 years in virtually all areas of the company that her grandmother founded. When you’re raised in an environment that embraces female leadership, you’re bound to step up, pitch in and find success.

Ethel Waters, Jazz Musicianbigelow tea ethel waters

The next time you choose a jazz playlist on Spotify, think of Ethel Waters. Ethel was an American blues, jazz and gospel singer and actress. Despite a very tragic and difficult childhood, she made history, garnering many recognitions and “firsts.” She was the first African American woman to appear on radio (in 1922), star in a show at the Palace Theater in New York (in 1925) and in a commercial network radio show (in 1933), and the first singer to introduce 50 songs that became hits (in 1933). She was also the first African American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award in 1962. Recognized as one of the best blues singers of all time, Ethel also performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Talk about a star.

Louise McManus, Science Extraordinaire

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Louise McManus was the first nurse to earn a Ph.D. As a member of the Teachers College of Columbia University faculty beginning in 1925, Louise founded the Institute of Research and Service in Nursing Education. She also helped to develop nationally standardized methods for nursing licensure in the United States, and created a “Patient Bill of Rights,” later adopted by the Joint Commission in Accreditation of Hospitals. Another scientist deserving of an honorable mention born the same year was Czech-American biochemist Gerty Theresa Cori. Gerty became the third woman—and first American woman—to win a Nobel Prize in science, and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Thanks to the contributions of these trailblazing females, women today enter the fields of science and medicine with great role models.

Mamie Eisenhower, Fashionista With A Passion For Civil Rightsbigelow tea mamie eisenhower

A 1950s fashionista and self-defined hostess, Mamie Eisenhower was an American first lady and the wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower. She was also a woman who held a penchant for entertaining heads of state and leaders of foreign governments, and for the color pink. Actually, she decorated the White House with so much pink that the White House press corps referred to the place as “The Pink Palace.” The pretty pastel, which is now iconic to 1950s decorating (how about those pink bathrooms?), became known at “Mamie Pink.” However, Mamie was more than just the hostess with the most-ess.

She led the local and national fundraising drives for the American Heart Association in 1956, and later supported increased benefits and the formation of a retirement community for military personnel and widows. She also took a stand to combat segregation through such symbolic acts as inviting African American children to the White House Easter Egg Roll, and she accepted an honorary membership to the National Council of Negro Women.

Whether they’re revolutionizing a beverage market or breaking down social barriers, these women made their mark in history, and it reminds us all that we have the opportunity to do the same. And when you need a break from being absolutely amazing, sit back and regroup with a cup of tea. It’s a perfect way to recharge – you’ve got a lot to do, after all! Tag #TeaProudly on social media and tell us how YOU will go down in history.

Image of Ethel Waters by Florida Keys Public Library via Flickr
Image of Louisa McManus, courtesy of The Women Hall of Fame
Image of Mamie Eisenhower by Terry Saffron via Flickr

The Many Ways Bigelow Tea is All About Green

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Bigelow Tea is so much more than just a tasty mug of tea; our company also helps save the Earth. Yes, that sounds like quite the statement, but it’s the truth- we believe in practicing business philosophies that help, not harm. It’s right there in our mission statement: “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” So how does our company do sustainabiliTea proudly? Here are some of our many, many ways:

We’re Powered By The Sun.

We are hugely in favor of supporting renewable energy and reducing emissions, to keep our planet in good shape for future generations.  We’ve done this by installing 880 solar panels at our Connecticut headquarters. Every year, this effort produces about 200,000 kWh, which is enough energy to power 527 homes for an entire year – with nothing but the power of the sun. So how does this affect pollution levels? It equals a reduction in pollution roughly equivalent to 200,000 car miles removed from the highways each year. Sit back and sip to that!

We’ve Made An Energy Efficient Environment.

We’ve spent many years reducing our energy use, leading to a nearly 10 million kWh reduction. And we’ve reduced energy by over 2.5 million kWh in just our Fairfield plant alone through energy efficiency measures. In laymen’s terms, that’s the equivalent of planting 41 million trees. How have we done this? One way is by replacing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs in all offices in all our facilities. Yes, it can be that simple to save the Earth.

We Say No to Landfills. 

We have a company-wide commitment to achieving “Zero Waste to Landfill” status. What that means is we’re following the guidelines of the Zero Waste Alliance, which says that a company can claim being a zero waste to landfill facility if no more than 10 per cent of their waste ends up in a landfill. Guess what? Our company diverts 94% of its solid waste company wide, meaning we have actually surpassed the official guideline. We recycle, and then recycle some more, and

reduce/reuse/compost, all leading to be a Zero Waste to Landfill Company.

We’ve Made A Modern Tea Plantation.

We purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003, saving the land from development to turn it into America’s own tea garden. This special spot features 127 acres of beauty (and incredible tea leaves!) and welcomes visits from thousands of tea lovers yearly. We’re proud of the Bigelow family’s hard work to keep the traditional tea plantation alive and well with a modern twist!

We Work With Green Suppliers.  

We’re also very proud to work with an environmentally responsible supplier. A couple of the amazing things being done there to ensure our much-loved drink is created with only the crème de la crème of practices:

  • We’re keeping our tea facilities as warm and cozy as the drink thanks to installation of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls, which are 83% more energy efficient compared to traditional walls;
  • We’re fans of geothermal heating and cooling units; using this method for heating or cooling the entire building expansion uses only 1/14th the energy you would need if you used oil.

We know you love tea as much as we do; that’s why we are so delighted to keep our #TeaProudly community in the loop about all about the modern-day environmental choices that keeps that delicious tea in your cup while saving the planet, especially during Go Green Week. Learn more about all the amazing things we’re up to and share with us how you #TeaProudly the “green” way.