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Beauty Secrets From Bigelow Tea!

Friday, December 16th, 2016

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We love Bigelow Tea in our cup, but it’s also our secret to looking fabulous! Yes, really – tea is good for you in so many ways, both inside and out. It can do wonders for skin, hair and nails. In fact, hippie_mom even makes lip balm with green tea – talk about lip smacking! So rev up your beauty routine with some of these must-try tips!

Get gorgeous nails with green tea.
You probably already know that green tea is chock full of antioxidants; it’s good for your insides, but also outsides – it can make nails stronger! To help strengthen brittle, weak nails, soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes (also a good opportunity to enjoy a mug of the stuff with the hand that’s not soaking!). This remedy can also get rid of yellowing on nails as well.

Who needs mouthwash when you have tea?
All the sugary treats this time of year are risky for causing cavities. If you just can’t say no to the sweet stuff and there’s no mouthwash on hand, simply swish a mouthful of tea for clean teeth! One study found that the polyphenols, chemical components of tea, stop bacteria that are to blame for bad breath and cavities from growing. Now show off your smile!

Bag eye bags.
Too many holiday parties and late nights showing up on your face? Give tired, achy and puffy eyes a helping hand with tea – no expensive eye creams necessary. Just soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over closed eyes for about 20 minutes- the tannins in the tea help with puffiness. We’re not responsible if you fall asleep…!

Wash that grey right out of your hair.
Get rid of those pesky greys without a pricey trip to the salon or basking your head in chemicals. You can make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs (we swear, this is simple enough even for those of you who aren’t DIYers.) Try 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 and don’t rinse. Voila- naturally dyed-tresses, and no one will know it’s not all you!

Smelly feet be gone.
Between cramming feet into sheepskin boots and slippers and stuffing them in snow boots, your tootsies may not be getting enough air during the cold winter months, leading to foul feet. Try a daily tea bath to get rid of the stench- just soak feet in strong tea for 20 minutes daily. This is also a great excuse to sit back and relax!

See ya, zits!
Banish breakouts without unloading dollars at the drugstore. Keep a pimple from rearing its ugly head with this simple remedy. Place a warm teabag on the spot for several minutes. That’s it. Then go about your day with clear skin. The astringent qualities of tea will help shrink the breakout.

Bring on the blonde.
This trick for light hair colors may sound familiar to those of you who tried chamomile tea to lighten locks back in junior high (like we did!) Guess what? It actually works! Just steep chamomile tea for about 10 minutes, cool, then rinse hair with it and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Try it a few times before shampooing for extra lightness and brightness.

Spill it here- what are your tea-riffic beauty secrets that include tea?

Make Bigelow Tea Bags a Part of Your Beauty Routine

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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Drinking Bigelow Tea might start with brewing a pot of your favorite flavor, like Chamomile, and enjoying a mug with your best gal pal. But don’t throw out that tea bag just yet! Did you know you can reuse your Bigelow Tea bag by making it a part of your beauty routine?

Here are a few OF OUR favorite ways to use tea to make you glow!

Make a Green Tea soothing spray

Steep Green Tea in boiling water for 20 minutes. After the liquid has cooled in the fridge, transfer to a sterilized bottle. Use for a refreshing bath, an anti-fungal foot soak, to freshen strained eyes (soak in cotton pads and apply), as a blemish remedy, or so much more. Let the tea bags dry and place them in your shoes to help remove odor.

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Take a tea bath

Before you hop in a warm bath, place a few Bigelow Tea bags in the water. It’ll make your bath smell extra good! Try using like Green Tea!

Refresh tired eyes with tea bags

Place used and cooled tea bags on tired eyes to help reduce puffiness. Or, use tea bags to sooth redness after tweezing your eyebrows. That’s what tea lover @JustJivanta suggested on Twitter. What a great idea!

How do you recycle Bigelow Tea bags as part of your beauty routine?

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The Beauty of Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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In case you were wondering what’s in your daily cup, Bigelow Tea wanted to take this opportunity to give you a quick Tea 101 lesson!

If you’re sipping a cup of “tea,” you are sipping the brew of the steeped leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant! All true teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant. It’s the varying amounts of time the freshly-plucked Camellia sinensis leaves are exposed to air (oxidation) that determines whether the leaves become black, oolong, green or white tea.

Black Tea, or just plain “tea” as it is often called, comes from Camellia sinensisleaves that are first crushed, then exposed to air for several hours. The amount of oxidation produces a brew that is robust in flavor and rich in color that can be enjoyed as you start your day, or as a pick-me-up any time of day.

It is the Bigelow family recipes, lovingly passed down from generation to generation, that make Bigelow Tea particularly special for so many loyal consumers. Ingredients like orange rind in Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea, real oil of citrus bergamot fruit  in Bigelow Earl Grey and refreshing spearmint in Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea are used to create some of the Bigelow Tea family’s most-loved blends. But the Camellia sinesis plant is the foundation for all Bigelow black teas.

So whether it’s from the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where some of the finest teas in the world which are grown and carefully hand-picked—or the southern part of Italy where the Bigelow family buys real oil of bergamot (carefully crafted by families that have been performing this delicate process for generations), Bigelow Tea has never and will never compromise on its ingredients—or on its family recipes.

So, when you drink a cup of tea, you’re really sipping the brew of a plant and all the goodness that goes with it. Bigelow Tea uses only the best because it’s what our consumers expect and is at the centerpiece of a three-generations-old family tradition.

(Picture features third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow visiting tea fields in Sri Lanka)

Beauty & The Tea: Bigelow Tea for a More Beautiful You!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

We know that tea soothes and restores us personally.  There’s nothing better than that first sip of tea in the morning.  Its reassuring qualities feed our soul!  And we often share studies on the many health benefits that tea provides, from our eyes to our heart, and even our cognitive power.

So while we embrace the powerful qualities of tea for our mental and physical well-being, did you know you can also beautify yourself with tea as well? Yes, apparently tea can help inside and out!

Actually, studies say, tea is touted as one of the five most important ingredients for beautiful skin. It can be used in so many soothing and effective ways that we can only mention some of them here. For instance: a tea wash can ease bug bites and stings, and take the throbbing out of sunburn; tea can help to minimize facial blemishes, and you can also whip up a quick green tea facial spritzer to add life to tired skin. And looking beyond beautiful skin, you can even use tea to tint your hair, and freshen up some (yikes!) not-so-fresh gym shoes!

A healthy body, a soothed and calmed soul and a more beautiful you. Inside and out, top to bottom and in so many ways, it’s clear that a cup of tea is more than just a pretty face!

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Bigelow Tea Gets A Beauty Nod From InStyle Magazine!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Any tea fan would agree that sipping a tall, refreshing iced tea is one sure way to stay cool when the temperature rises.  Because tea has been shown to replenish your body, both inside and out, it’s not too much of a surprise that in the July InStyle Magazine gave Bigelow Green Tea a beauty of a mention, in this summer’s first big issue!

Known for its healthful properties, it’s no wonder that green tea grabbed the spotlight for a DIY (Do It Yourself) Face Mist, a great way to stay cool and fresh on a hot day at the beach! And along with the refreshing misting action, what’s the beauty benefit?  InStyle says that the powerful antioxidants in the green tea brew that helps repair sun damage! So give it a try while the sun is high and at its strongest, and don’t forget your thermos of Bigelow Tea iced tea for a long day at the beach, too!

DIY Face Mist

Ingredients:

Bigelow Green Tea

Water

Ice

Instructions:

1.  Steep Bigelow Green Tea and cool

2.  Pour into a spray bottle filled with ice

Tea Bag Beauty Tips

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Back in November we noted how you can keep trim with tea. But, as it turns out, tea has other hidden beauty benefits to boot! According to writers at ForAHealthyWoman web site, “Your eyes’ beauty depends on tea.” As a low-cost alternative to expensive creams, warm or cold tea bags are a natural remedy for those of us who wake with puffiness or bags under the eyes. Just reuse the same “black tea bags you place into your favorite mug” for immediate relief.

If that weren’t enough, tea bags are also a healthy solution for blemish control and as a lip toner, says Cait Johnson at Care2 Healthy Living Channels. In addition to tea’s skin-friendly antioxidants and vitamins A and C, tea is a natural astringent. Simply place a warm teabag on skin blemishes for several minutes or help prevent pimples by using tea as a facial rinse. For a lip toner, just apply a warm teabag to clean lips for five minutes.

Johnson cautions that “very strong black tea can cause tan-like staining of skin.” To avoid this, be sure to enjoy your favorite Bigelow tea as a beverage first. Then, reuse the tea bags in your beauty regimen.

Life Is Easy Breezy With A Cup Of Bigelow Benefits Tea In Hand!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Wow. Have you ever had one of those days where it’s high-speed-not-stopping-anytime-soon? Sooo exhausting! Well, instead of getting to the point where you’re about to tear your hair out from the stress, stop. Take a breath. And reach for a cup of Bigelow Benefits tea. Why? Well, first, they’re awesome. Second, they’re totally delicious. Third, it’s Stress Awareness Month—treat yo’self to some relaxation. Finally (as if you needed another reason, right?!), each tea is masterfully blended with the goodness (dare we say, benefits?) of wellness ingredients, which tackle those moments in life that require a breather.

With a focus on always delivering a beautiful cup of tea, these inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients are so imaginative and flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them morning, noon and night — and all the moments in between. Whether you’re searching for a bit of balance, having a good day, not feeling well, or feeling like you could really use a day at the spa (but don’t have the time to hit pause on your insane life), make a mini-escape with one of these teas.

Radiant Beauty (Blueberry & Aloe Herbal Tea) 

Containing aloe (known for its incredible hydration and skin soothing abilities) and blueberry (yummy and high in antioxidants!), this flavor is designed to make you feel like you’re glowing—inside and out! So, why aloe? Isn’t that something you lather onto a sunburn? Well, yes, but it also has quite the medicinal past. For thousands of years, aloe has been used for a variety of conditions, such as burns and skin irritations. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was actually one of the most frequently prescribed medicines due to its active compounds that may reduce inflammation, and stimulate skin growth and repair. Cool, huh?!

Stay Well (Lemon & Echinacea) 

We’re still in that yucky tail-end of cold and flu season. Don’t let it get you down! Support your health with a tasty combination of Echinacea and lemon.

Balance (Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea)

Spring is right around the corner and what better time to re-calibrate than a new season? Get back to balance with the sweetness of cinnamon, known for having a positive effect on blood sugar.

Calm Stomach (Ginger & Peach)

Settle an upset tummy or just give digestion a kick with this ginger and peach-infused flavor.

Sleep (Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea) 

Chamomile and lavender are known for lulling you into snooze-land safely. Amp up your zzz’s with this relaxing blend… You’ll be chilling with those sheep in no time.

Refresh (Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea) 

Give your mind and body a pick-me-up with spicy-sweet turmeric, green tea, and a bit of pepper to pep things up. Unfamiliar with turmeric? No problem. Known as the “golden spice,” turmeric dates back nearly 4,000 years in India and has been used for its medicinal properties. Wanna hear some history? The Hindu religion recognizes the herb as sacred, and there is a wedding day tradition in which a string is tied around the bride’s neck by her groom. Known as a mangala sutra, the necklace is dyed yellow with turmeric paste. In some communities, the groom ties the first knot while his sister ties the rest of the knots. The ritual indicates that the woman is married and is often compared to the Western exchange of wedding rings.

Good Mood (Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea) 

If you weren’t in a good mood before sipping on this flavor, you will once you finish a mug. A complex blend of smooth almond, sweet chocolate flavors and blackberry, Good Mood does just what its name promises. Besides. It’s chocolate. Who can say no to chocolate??

Whatever your life, mind or body is crying out for, Bigelow Benefits Tea is here for you. Tag #TeaProudly and share your favorite Benefits flavor!

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: Which Fierce Female Entrepreneur Do You Most Aspire To?

Friday, March 31st, 2017

bigelow tea vanilla chai black tea mugFierce. Strong. Empowered. Adventurous. Smart. Trailblazing. Inspiring. Forward-thinking. These are just a few words to describe female entrepreneurs and inventors. And if anyone knows what it’s like to overcome barriers as a woman in business, it’s Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow.

In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. Today, her granddaughter, Cindi, is president and CEO of the company. Each day, Cindi brings the spirit of her grandmother into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a part of the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

In celebration of all female entrepreneurs, we thought we would highlight other incredible women and their accomplishments:

Coco Chanel: Coco Chanel was raised by nuns in an orphanage. It was there where she learned how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand. With her classy suits and little black dresses, she created timeless designs that are still popular today.

Mary Katherine Goddard: Mary Katherine Goddard started her own printing business at the age of 24. A newspaper publisher and postmaster of Baltimore, Maryland, she is famous for courageously printing the first copy of the Declaration of Independence that included the signers’ names.

Dr. Mae Jemison: Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first woman of color to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Hedy Lamarr: Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. In addition to her film accomplishments, she patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology during World War II. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.” Today, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

Madam C.J. Walker: Madam C.J. Walker was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. She was recognized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, and built her fortune by creating a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded.

Dr. Ann Tsukamoto: Dr. Ann Tsukamoto is the co-patentee of a process to isolate the human stem cell, which is vital to cancer research. Her work has led to great advancements in comprehending the blood systems of cancer patients and may one day lead to a cure for the disease.

Brownie Wise: Brownie Wise was a saleswoman largely responsible for the success of Tupperware through her creation of the “party plan” system of marketing. Tupperware Home Parties became the gold standard for home party selling, extending her legacy in American business.

So, Bigelow Tea wants to know: Which of these female entrepreneurs and inventors do you most aspire to?


Let Your Fingers Do the Talking With Bigelow Tea!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

bigelow tea green tea nailsAt any given moment, you’re likely to find us with our hands around a mug of Bigelow Tea, sipping while we wake up, work, or relax (loving tea is a proud 24/7 habit over here!)

As a fellow tea junkie, we bet you probably know by now that tea can be good for you on every level. When you sip a tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you’re enjoying a warm and tasty wellness journey as well as a way to lift your spirits. Whether shared with fellow tea-loving pals or on your own with a good book (one of our most favorite tea-related activities!), tea can have a place in everyone’s day! But did you know tea also has some truly awesome beauty benefits? Some studies say that green tea in particular is a terrific way to help your nails be healthier!  Who knew, and just how does that work?

  • The antioxidants in green tea, research say, (again, thank you Camellia Sinensis plant!) are thought to keep nails from getting brittle.
  • Green tea may not only help make nails appear to be stronger but might also help eliminate yellow discoloring (which can happen after getting one too many manicures L).
  • To help support your nails, simply soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes. Any variety of green tea should do the job. Soak regularly, and you may just see a big difference in your pretty little fingers!

So we want to know: how do you get gorgeous using tea? Tag your beauty and tea tips online with #TeaProudly  or visit us at www.teaproudly.com and share it there so we can try it too!

How To Plan Your Wedding With Help From Bigelow Tea!

Friday, February 24th, 2017

bigelow tea loversFebruary is the month of romance, and Bigelow Tea is in the mood for sharing the love!  Besides celebrating Valentine’s Day, it’s also National Wedding Month, not a big surprise when you think about how many couples get engaged over the holiday season (maybe even you did!)

For all the loud and proud tea drinkers, there are so many fabulous ways to incorporate your favorite beverage of all time into one of the biggest days of your life!

  • Of course, a wedding at the historic Charleston Tea Planation is definitely one dreamy place to pledge your love to your “Bae.” The historic venue drips with good ol’ Southern charm, and is the scene for countless weddings every year for good reason. Besides being gorgeous with acres of tea plants and classical architecture, couples can pledge their love under the “wedding tree”, the plantation’s oldest live Oak; can you say romantic?
  • Tea can also be a part of the special day in so many other amazing and creative ways, both big and small. It can be as simple as sipping a mug on the day to calm pre-wedding jitters – tea is chock full of good stuff known as L-Theanine, an amino acid that research has found may help you chill out and go with the flow.
  • Or, serve up a signature tea cocktail for your wedding toast! Guests will go nuts for this super memorable, celebratory champagne punch:

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

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Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water
Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags*
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

Instructions

Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove. Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir. Serve immediately.

  • Guess what else? Tea is a top trick for bridal beauty. With all eyes on the rock on that all-important finger, hands will be in full focus, so what better way to get gorgeous nails than with green tea? Soaking fingers in this drink for about 10 to 15 can strengthen brittle and weak nails and also get rid of discoloration from overdosing on dark nail polish.
  • And should a giant zit threaten to make an unwelcome guest appearance on the big day, keep tea close by- its astringent qualities can help shrink a breakout by just putting a warm tea bag on the bump for a few minutes.

So whether you’ve been there done that or are still headed towards holy matrimony, share the love with us by posting all your most fave wedding planning tips and tagging #TeaProudly!