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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.

All The Reasons Why Bigelow Benefits Teas Are The BEST!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Rewind back in time hundreds and thousands of years… before prescriptions and medicines, people used foods, spices and plants as healing agents. And while modern medicine is *definitely* important, there’s still a place for herbal and natural ingredients! That’s why the Bigelow Benefits Tea line is so awesome! These amazing teas are all about offering feel good options for every day. And while your body is enjoying what’s in your mug, your taste buds will thank you for all of the super delicious flavors that feature some pretty cool ingredients…check them out here and WSPY News to learn more. Here you go:

A bit of turmeric goes a long way…

Turmeric is a common ingredient in Ayurvedic practices. In Hindu, the bright yellow color of turmeric is associated with the sun. In India, turmeric is used in wedding and religious ceremonies and is thought to bring good fortune. Not only is it said to brighten our spirits, but it has also been found to have some anti-inflammatory properties, which are healing for the body. Each cup of Benefits Refresh will give your mind and body a pick-me-up with spicy-sweet turmeric, matcha green tea, and a bit of chili pepper. Yum!

Peach, love and ginger!

Ginger, a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-find root, is considered a very healthful spice in the same family as turmeric. It’s got many healthy components and has a strong aroma caused by the compound gingerol. Ginger has a long history of use, most commonly used to soothe a stomachache and combat nausea, including morning sickness, mommies-to-be. Like turmeric, it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Settle that upset tummy or just give digestion a kick with a cup of Benefits Calm Stomach – each sip has the perfect balance of ginger- and peach-infused deliciousness.

Cinna-mazing!

Another popular spice is cinnamon, which is known for its antioxidant properties and delicious sweet taste. It may also be a heart-healthy way to help reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar levels within the body. It might even have some protective effect against developing colds. The season of overindulging is over, but your body may still be feeling the after effects. Get back to your best self with the sweetness of cinnamon (and fruity blackberry!) in a cup of Benefits Balance.

Count some sheep and amp up your zzz’s with chamomile and lavender. 

Chamomile is a flower that has historically been associated with calmness. Many different cultures have used it as a soothing beverage to enjoy before bedtime. Coupled with lavender – which is also known for lulling you into snooze-land safely – a cup of Benefits Sleep is bound to be relaxing.

Aloe-ve aloe and blueberry. <3

Each cup of Benefits Radiant Beauty has 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! Isn’t aloe that stuff 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. Cool, huh?!

Chocolate everything.

If you weren’t in high spirits before sipping on Benefits Good Mood, you just might be once you finish a mug. A complex blend of smooth almond, sweet chocolate flavors and blackberry, who wouldn’t be in a good mood after sipping on this delicious flavor! Besides. It’s chocolate. Who can say no to chocolate??

Lemon-y goodness.

We’re still in that yucky time of cold and flu season. Don’t let it get you down! Support your health with a tasty combination of Echinacea and lemon with a cup of Stay Well. After all, Echinacea has a robust history worth sipping over. Did you know that archaeologists have found evidence that Native Americans may have used the herb for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds? Throughout history, people have used Echinacea to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Today, it makes a perfect pair with lemon – don’t let the sick season get you down!

Whether you are having fun with the fact that January is National Hot Tea Month, or cold and flu season has hit you hard, or you want to enjoy the most yummy tea on earth, look no further than a cup of Benefits tea. Drink proudly to be your best every day – we think that’s a great resolution to make for the new year while livin’ the #TeaProudly life!

Tea with Benefits… Bigelow Tea’s Wellness Boost Is Perfect For Those 2018 Resolutions

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

New year, new you?  Of course!  It’s time to put that “it’s time to take care of my body” new year’s resolution into action by committing to eating natural foods and wholesome ingredients first which is a great way to start, right?? We all know the ‘you are what you eat’ saying, but the #TeaProudly community also proclaims you are what you drink and who doesn’t agree with that?!  That’s where Bigelow Tea comes in with an expansive range of teas that everyone can turn to all day and every day.

With Bigelow Benefits, the Bigelow family combined their love of tea with amazing flavor while being conscious of using healthy ingredients to make the perfect cup of tea. Bigelow Benefits’ seven flavor range of teas feature beneficial herbs, flowers and fruits selected to provide specific natural wellness aspirations.  The result? Delicious hot or iced herbal teas that address or support health and beauty goals every day.

We’re thinking that 2018 is going to be a great year and whatever comes your way (both good and bad), Bigelow has got you covered with 150 flavors including the powerhouse teas in the Benefits line.  Check out what each tea offers and why you’ll want to keep them on hand in 2018 and beyond.  Happy tea drinking #TeaProudly people!!

Goal – Radiant Beauty / Benefits Tea – Blueberry & Aloe Herbal – a fruity flavored tea that offers those skin loving antioxidant ingredients needed daily

Goal – Stay Well / Benefits Tea -Lemon & Echinacea – the amazing flower known for its healing touch, blends with tasty and potent lemon to keep – or get you – feeling better

Goal – Balance / Benefits Tea – Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea – keep calm and drink tea! Earthy cinnamon and blackberry provide the soothing notes for daily balance in this blend

Goal – Calm Stomach / Benefits Tea – Ginger & Peach – the antidotal tummy tamer blends with peach for the tastiest way to address an ailing stomach

Goal – Sleep / Benefits Tea –  Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea – natural ingredients trusted for their calming effect combine for easing into the healthiest rest

Goal – Good Mood / Benefits Tea – Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea – a complex blend of mood boosting ingredients, did someone say chocolate, make a bad day instantly better, and delicious

Goal – Refresh / Benefits Tea – Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea – an innovative green tea paired with super-ingredients matcha, turmeric and a pepper kick for a non-caffeine energy jolt

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!

Struan Shields Spills On His Secret Showtime Ritual: Tea Of Course!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

How cool is it that the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Struan Shields is a Bigelow Tea fanatic and makes it part of his pre-show ritual? When he gets ready for a performance, Struan says he absolutely must have his Bigelow Peppermint Tea before a show or else! He says he even drinks excessive amounts of it! (Is there such a thing for a tea lover?)

So what about you? Maybe you’ve found yourself facing the day of a big party, a huge career-changing presentation, or even a first date. These are all just some of the events that call for a “go get ‘em” game plan! Do you have a go-to for getting revved up and ready, or calm, cool and collected? Here are some great ways to get your very own tea ritual going!

Get glowing with tea.

You’ll feel your best when you know you look your best—try tea as a way to amp up your beauty routine! For example, green tea and black tea are awesome for all types of beautifying tricks!

Put nerves in their place.

Chamomile Is known for being a calming herbal wonder—so good when you need your mind and body to chill. Sip a cup while getting ready for any sort of event that’s got your nerves wracked!

Get moving!

If you need a bolt of energy to get your engines motored and your mind focused, try a black tea such as Lemon Lift® for a refreshing boost to the brain and body!

Keep the good vibes going. 

If it’s all good and you want something to sip to keep the mood flowing and the momentum going, Constant Comment® is your go-to. Terrific for when you’re hanging with the gang and chatting up a storm.

Wind it down. 

End of a crazy exciting day still got you buzzing? Slide into sleepiness and calm your mind with Sweet Dreams® Herbal Tea, a delicious and soothing mix of chamomile and mint. Nighty-night!

What’s your favorite tea ritual? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.