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A Cup Of Bigelow Tea At All Ages Does A Body Good!

The World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day tomorrow on April 7th with an emphasis on “aging and health.” It’s a theme that resonates here at Bigelow Tea. We take this opportunity to remind you that tea is a wonderfully healthy indulgence at any age!

Americans are living longer: life expectancy is now 78.5 years, based on the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s great news, but we all want to ensure that our advancing years are as healthy and fulfilling as possible. Ongoing research suggests that both green and black tea have many potential health benefits, due primarily to an abundance of the polyphenols. These powerful antioxidants are known to hunt down free radicals, which have been linked to heart disease and general aging of cells in the body. Green tea has very high levels of ECGC, another antioxidant that has been the subject of numerous health studies.

Intriguing research has also linked tea consumption with a reduction in cognitive decline, something many of us worry about. One UCLA study that followed 4,800 Americans age 65 and over for up to 14 years compared the cognitive performance of coffee and tea drinkers over time. When compared with non-tea drinkers, the average annual cognitive decline among four groups of tea drinkers was reduced by 17 percent or more.

Researchers are still trying to determine the precise mechanism of tea’s protective effect on the brain, but we’re encouraged by such positive results. So while contemplating mortality may make you uneasy, drinking your favorite Bigelow Tea is always a healthy pleasure! Enjoy it every day and with each passing year!

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Bigelow Tea Can Help Keep Your Roses Blooming!

If you’re planning to be out in your garden this summer, Bigelow Tea would love to be right there with you! You may be surprised to learn that it’s not just a glass of our iced tea or a warm mug of our herbal tea that can be your garden companion this year; believe it or not, tea leaves can also be used to help make your garden grow!

Our Bigelow Tea employees are always looking for new ways to use tea, and today we’re sharing a tried and true gardening method that can help keep your gardens blooming all summer long!  According to our sources, roses in particular love the tannic acids that are found naturally in tea. Sprinkle new or used Bigelow Tea Black or Green tea leaves (tea bag and all!) around your rosebushes, then cover them with mulch. When you water the plants, the nutrients from the tea will be released into the soil, spurring growth.

What a wonderful, natural way to give your plants a midsummer boost!

We’d love to hear your favorite gardening tips, and also any new or interesting uses you have for Bigelow Tea! Enjoy your tea … and your perky plants this summer!

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Sustainabili-TEA And Ardent Land Preservation At Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow had a dream: to preserve an open piece of land in the breathtakingly beautiful state of New Hampshire. Years later, the Bigelow family honored their matriarch’s wishes by holding and maintaining 220 acres of undeveloped NH land, even saving and maintaining the original house that was built on the property, way back in 1794!

As committed practitioners of Sustainabili-TEA, the Bigelow family ardently supports New Hampshire’s land conservation initiative, known as “Statewide Program of Action to Conserve our Environment (SPACE).”  Today, the land remains undeveloped and its beauty gives real meaning to the phrase “salt of the earth.”  It’s no surprise that David C. Bigelow would acquire a keen appreciation for land preservation. He had a wonderful teacher: his mother, Ruth.

And when David and wife Eunice (Co-Chairs/Co-CEOs of Bigelow Tea) heard about the pending destruction of a southern landmark—the Charleston Tea Plantation —they made the decision to save the plantation, and restore it to its former grandeur. Today it’s our home of American Classic Tea, and we proudly offer Charleston, South Carolina locals and visitors alike the opportunity to tour the beautiful grounds … and of course, to indulge in a cup or two of tea!

 

And, as for the next generation of the Bigelow family – well it is no accident that Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea actively promote all things sustainable.  Whether it is land preservation or conscientious community involvement, the Bigelows are committed to carrying on the family practice of Sustainabili-TEA! 

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Bigelow Tea Looks At The Tea-Fueled World of Ozzy Osbourne

When Bigelow Tea hears the name of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, we think of rock and roll … and tea! Ozzy, born a proper Brit in Birmingham, England, stays true to his roots and selects tea as the beverage he enjoys before all his gigs.  “It’s not very ‘rock and roll,’ but it’s like a magic potion to me,” he has said.  We at Bigelow Tea think it is actually is very rock-n-roll … just look at the company he’s in: the BeatlesThe Who, and Eric Clapton to name a few. They all love their tea!

Tea appreciation is not only a part of Ozzy’s pre-concert routine, but it’s also key in his personal life. His home with celebrity wife Sharon is adorned and decorated with a “profusion of tea sets.”  We appreciate the calming and comforting effect tea-infused surroundings can have on such an active family!

Ozzy has even sipped tea in the great halls of power, when he was invited to the White House by President George W. Bush. Ozzy said at the time, “I thought I’d be on a wanted poster on the walls, not invited to [The White House] for tea.”  So what kind of tea did the President serve to an edgy rocker like Ozzy Osbourne?  A strong statement like Earl GreyEnglish Teatime?  Or maybe they dialed it back a bit with a decaffeinated version of one of their favorites? Your guess is as good as ours, but we would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall during that tea party!

Ozzy, who also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, seems devoted to his tea… proving once again that tea fuels the lives of the greatest musicians on the planet!

Photo by David Hogan/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio


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Bigelow Tea’s Intriguing Teapot Tidbits

At Bigelow Tea, we consider the teapot a thing of beauty. It comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns; and it certainly helps make tea time efficient! From the traditionalist to the modern, your teapot can tell the story of who you are and what you like.

With roots dating back to the Ming Dynasty in China (1368-1644) the teapot was first made from clay stone and later, porcelain. In some cultures, it is glorified as a sacred vessel for that purifying libation known as … tea!  Indeed, much ado has been made about teapot, and as we look at the venerable teapot, we also find some interesting teapot trivia:

So as we salute the venerable teapot today, allow us to  end our brief visit with a giddy “teapot joke” that you can use at your next Tea party:

  • What does a teapot say to her hairdresser?…Don’t teas! (For more teapot humor, visit thesnooze.com!)

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Bigelow Tea Shares Report: Three Cups Of Black Tea Per Day May Lower Blood Pressure

If you love tea and drink it morning, noon and night, then you might just be on the road to reduced blood pressure! Bigelow Tea is happy to spread the findings of a new study that suggests that the regular consumption of black tea may be linked to lowered blood pressure readings. We figure there’s no better time to share this news than just following American Heart Month which was in February!

Researchers with The University of Western Australia followed 95 Australian patients between the ages of 35 and 75, for six months. Participants were divided into two groups: The experimental group drank three cups of black tea each day while the control group drank a placebo with the same flavor and caffeine content. At the end of the study, those drinking black tea had lower 24-hour systolic (the top number in a blood pressure reading) and diastolic (the bottom number) readings.

According to researchers, antioxidants and other substances found in tea leaves may protect the heart and blood vessels. Previous studies have linked the regular consumption of tea with decreasing the risk of heart attacks and reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in women. “There is already mounting evidence that tea is good for your heart health, but this is an important discovery because it demonstrates a link between tea and a major risk factor for heart disease,” said Jonathan Hodgson PhD of UWA’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology, who conducted the study.

Of course more research is required to better understand all the benefits of black tea and its effects on blood pressure, and cardiovascular processes. But in the meantime, we can all enjoy our black tea all day long! With so many black tea varieties to choose from, three cups of tea a day sounds perfectly delightful to us!

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Cooking Up Springtime Treats And Meals With Bigelow Tea!

Spring is here and families gather … and whether you take part in an Easter breakfast, a Passover Seder or any springtime custom, food and drink are sure to be part of the festivities. Bigelow Tea takes great pleasure in fine food and family, especially dishes that are prepared with the flavors of our tea!

So as you and your loved ones celebrate the spring, here are a few recipes that your guests will appreciate: I Love Lemon Quick Bread for Easter morning; Peach Chai Iced Tea, made with Kosher tea for Passover; and Chamomile-braised Chicken for a beautiful spring dinner.

 

Enjoy!

I Love Lemon Quick Bread

Ingredients:

½ cup milk
Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herb Tea Bags
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
½ tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Yield: Yields one 4″ x 9″ loaf.

Instructions:

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 4″ x 9″ loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Alternate adding tea-infused milk and flour mixture; stir after each addition. Add lemon rind and stir until well blended.

Pour batter into saucepan. Sprinkle poppy seeds evenly on top. Bake 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

Peach Chai Iced Tea

Ingredients:

1½ cups cold water
Bigelow® Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
7 cups of cold water

Instructions:

Place 1½ cups boiling water over tea bags in a 4-cup glass measuring cup. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, let the concentrated tea cool. Pour concentrate into a 3-quart pitcher. Add the cold water and stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

Recipe created by Dorinda of Covington GA
3rd place winner 2007 Iced Tea Recipe Contest

Chamomile-braised Chicken

Ingredients:

Bigelow ® Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea Bags
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
8 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup baby carrots diced
1 medium onion diced
1 celery rib diced
¼ cup chives diced

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Using a small saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Turn off heat and allow tea bags to steep in broth for 5 min. Discard tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir to dissolve. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat a large, oven proof sauté pan on med-high. Add olive oil. Once oil is heated, add chicken thighs, skin side down. Once skin is golden brown (5 min), turn chicken over and allow to cook for an additional 5 min. Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate. Using the same pan, reduce heat to medium and add carrots, onion and celery. Sauté vegetables for 3 minutes. Add ½ cup of the Chamomile Tea broth to deglaze the pan and allow liquid to reduce by ½ (5 min). Place reserved chicken back in pan over the sautéed vegetables. Pour remainder of reserved broth over chicken. Place uncovered pan in oven. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve on warm plates. Garnish with chives.


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Bigelow Tea Reminisces About Charlie Chaplin And His Storied Career

This image of Charlie Chaplin enjoying a quiet moment with a cup of tea certainly makes us smile! Since Charlie was born in England, it’s easy to imagine that teatime figured prominently into his private life. One of the most popular stars of the silent film era, Charlie’s career encompassed writing, acting, directing, social commentary and even composing music. Bigelow Tea wants to take a moment to look at his enduring legacy in music and film!

It has been 75 years since the debut of Modern Times, the classic film in which Charlie appeared for the final time as the “Little Tramp” – the lovable and hapless “everyman” with rumpled clothes and a little bowler hat who endeared himself to millions around the world. But the film’s music and message still resonate in our modern times, along with Charlie’s signature slapstick comedy. Incredibly, Charlie not only wrote, directed and starred in Modern Times, he composed all the music for the film, having others write the notes for him. No words are needed in that final scene, as the orchestral music plays and Charlie walks off into the sunset.

Interestingly, in 1954, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons wrote lyrics to match Charlie’s music in Modern Times“Smile” originally hitting the charts as sung by jazz great (and fellow tea lover) Nat King Cole. Other singers took memorable turns at the song, including Judy Garland and Michael Jackson. The poignancy and hopefulness of the song never fails to bring a lump to the throat…

Smile
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile with your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile…

Thank you Charlie for inspiring such a beautiful song … we propose a toast with tea!

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Bigelow Tea’s Tales of the Teetotaler

There has been much debate as to whether the correct spelling of a popular word is “teatotaler” or “teetotaler.” Here at Bigelow Tea we’re happy to set the record straight: it’s teetotaler,” but that being said, many of us still use the word “teatotaler” to refer to someone whose libation of choice is tea. Well that’s OK with us!

The proper definition of “teetotaler” is someone who abstains from drinking beverages that contain alcohol. The origin of the word dates back to the days of Prohibition in the United States and across the Atlantic. The prohibition movement (also known as the Teetotalism Movement) began in the early 19th century in response to the rising concern over alcohol use.

In England tea played an important role in the temperance movement’s battle against alcohol; tea meetings were held throughout the country in an effort to convert drinkers from alcohol to tea and to raise money for the cause.  According to the UK Tea Council, “teetotaler” became the moniker for someone who drank tea in lieu of alcoholic beverage. There are many famous teetotalers, including Prince Andrew, Vice President Joe Biden, Elton JohnJim Carrey, Sir Anthony Hopkins and the late Steve Jobs. The fascinating list is seemingly endless!

At Bigelow Tea, whether you say “tomato” or “tom-ahhto;” “teetotaler” or “teetotaler,” it’s simply a matter of preference. And, for us, it’s all about the tea. Whether it’s tea alone, or one of our popular “NaughTEAs,” (Bigelow Tea recipes that include alcohol), we unabashedly consider ourselves TEAtotalers!

Cheers!

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Bigelow Tea Wants To Know How You Balance Yourself?

Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a few moments alone to bring a sense of peace, well-being and balance to our busy lives. As we juggle work, family, errands, chores, volunteer commitments and more, it’s often hard to find a way to take a step back, breathe deeply, and remember to be thankful for our health and all the good things we have in our lives.

At Bigelow Tea we know the importance of finding that balance, and we’d love to hear how you do it!

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