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American Traditions of Bigelow Tea and The Big Game!

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Bigelow Tea is proud of its American heritage and the family run business that is rooted firmly in the American dream. American-made institutions and home-made pride are also a part of the biggest game of the year (number XLIX, or 49!) which is being played February 1st at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Will you be watching with your family and friends … and maybe sipping the brew known as Bigelow Tea? Bigelow Tea fan Lesa Ann Moats tweeted that while all Bigelow Teas are great, the Green Tea is her favorite!  So here’s to a super day with Bigelow Tea!

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This year, when you watch the New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks, remember that the pageantry, the intense play and the celebrated half time show showcasing superstar Katy Perry are all American, all the way—just like Bigelow Tea!

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Is Your Cuppa Bigelow Tea In A Really Cool Mug?

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There are so many positive elements of our daily Bigelow Tea, and a big part of the enjoyment is the warm feeling a good tea mug gives you, as you wrap your hands around it with an affectionate embrace. That’s why Bigelow Tea thinks you may want to look at some really cool tea mugs that could brace up your morning.

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We believe that the vessel used to embrace your favorite Bigelow Tea is a personal statement and is almost as important as the tea itself so we would LOVE to see or hear about your favorite teacup.  Share with us on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram and tag it with #drinkfashionably so we can all celebrate the joy of drinking from a favorite cup!

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Bigelow Tea Shares Quartzs’ Discovery Of The World’s Biggest Tea Drinkers 

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Can you guess which nation has the most tea drinkers? Bigelow Tea found that according to a survey by Quartz (with additional clarifications about the survey by World Tea News), Turkey takes the lead, with close to seven pounds of tea being consumed per person each year! Fun fact on Turkey:  tea or coffee will be offered as a sign of friendship and hospitality, anywhere and anytime, before or after any meal. We always knew tea brought friends and family together!

Back to the survey, Ireland comes in at second place, at approximately 4.831 pounds, followed by the United Kingdom, at 4.281 pounds, and in the USA tea drinkers consume 0.503 pounds.

#Bigelow is glad that tea drinkers are found across the globe, like Louisa May (aka @hey_im_ginger). In her tweet, tea is her “fav drink in the world.”

How much tea do you think you consume in a year?

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The tea kettle can be an important tool in your fight against a cold or flu

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Who doesn’t love a steaming mug of Bigelow Tea on a cold January day during Hot Tea Month? Yes, that aroma, that taste, that warm sensation … it’s amazing what tea can do to boost your mood and change your day! And, if you happen to have a cold–or even the flu—put that kettle on ASAP!

Sore throat? Tea can also soothe a sore throat.  Sip soothing and satisfying Green Tea with Lemon and a little bit of honey.

Need rest? Brew a relaxing herbal variety like Chamomile MintA good night’s sleep is key to recovery—and chamomile is widely believed to have a calming and relaxing effect.

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Want to clear those sinuses? A stronger blend like American Breakfast Black Tea will do the trick. Let that steam waft and breathe in deeply. Between the steam and the caffeine, you’ll be up and running in no time.

Last month the Bigelow Tea blog posted several studies that showed drinking black tea might improve the body’s defenses and that drinking tea can activate immune cells and boosted the immune system. And U.S. News & World Report offered three frugal ways to stay healthy this time of year: (1) Wash & Sanitize; (2) Rest; (3) Drink Tea!

So brew your favorite Bigelow Tea now … and stay well!

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Rethink your Drink During Diet Resolution Week And Throughout 2015!

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As the New Year rings in a fresh start, put the champagne glasses away and get the tea mugs out! Bigelow Tea thinks last week’s Diet Resolution Week is a great time for tea fans to get fit, get healthy and “Rethink your Drink”!  Taking small steps—like drinking Bigelow Green Tea and staying hydrated—is the best way to adopt positive lifestyle changes!

Bigelow Tea knows that minor adjustments such as eating more fruits and veggies, daily exercise and staying active can make a big difference. Staying hydrated is important too. And of course tea can be a healthy and flavorful part of any diet. It’s zero calories and it’s also gluten-free! Bigelow Tea has so many varieties and flavors, ranging from herbal to strong black tea like American Breakfast. There’s also Organic Green Tea, which @iamanitamarie praises for its many pluses on Instagram. And don’t forget our delicious seasonal and holiday teas are a good substitution for high calorie desserts.

To brew up additional support for getting healthy, the Bigelow Tea family found a few motivational posts from celebrity tea drinkers. Demi Lovato tweeted that she is working out and “just killed a 90 minute cycling class.”

Share your New Year’s resolution with Bigelow Tea!

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Bigelow Tea Urges You To “Rethink your Drink” For Your New Year’s Resolution!

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The holidays may be over, but there’s a great way to stay toasty and warm in January—start the new year off right with Hot Tea Month! What could be better than a month of celebrating all things tea? As the leader in the specialty tea market in the U.S., family-run Bigelow Tea celebrates drinking tea all year long but loves to kick off the New Year with this national celebration.

Tea has been enjoyed for over 5000 years and it’s still the most popular drink in the world after water. Through the years, tea has been a source of medicine, meditation, piracy, political upheaval, social order and superstition. And of course tea is immersed in American history! Its popularity continues to grow here by the way, sales in the US increased 4.1% this year (2014 more current info) nearly 6% in 2013. It’s all good!

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So what to do during Tea Month? Maybe try a new Bigelow Tea flavor. Bigelow tea fan@aitch77 tweeted her joy when she discovered Bigelow Tea’s Salted Caramel Tea: “it’s amazing,” she announced! Or maybe check out some of the many Bigelow Tea recipes and helpful tea tips available online. It’s all about the flavor, the quality and taste—so resolve to rethink your drink this New Year—during Hot Tea Month and all year long! Tea is a healthy alternative to many drinks, full of flavonoids, polyphenols and zero calories.

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Bigelow Tea Shares 70th Anniversary New Year’s Resolutions! 

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Bigelow Tea is taking a moment to pause, reflect and prepare for 2015—and to share a few New Year’s resolutions as the Bigelow family gears up for the company’s 70th anniversary! So much has happened since Ruth Campbell Bigelow created “Constant Comment®” in her kitchen back in 1945. Yet Bigelow Tea is incredibly proud to have remained a family-owned and operated business committed to blending and packaging the highest quality teas right here in the United States of America.

Here’s a look at the ways third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow and her staff will keep the values that guided Ruth—dedication to America, quality and family—at the forefront of their mission in 2015:

Share the Bigelow Family’s Story and Passion for Tea – The Mobile Tea Bar is crisscrossing the country to inspire tea drinkers new and old with free fresh-brewed tea, fun tea facts and a comfy spot to learn about Bigelow family lore. Check the schedule to see when the #bigteabar will arrive in a community near you!

Support the Troops – Tea for the Troops is going strong after several years and nearly 4 million tea bags sent to troops serving in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. It’s Bigelow Tea’s way of thanking the men and women who protect and serve the USA as a portion of the proceeds from the sales of our three American Breakfast teas goes to support our troops.

Brew Up New Teas with the Finest Ingredients – Bigelow Tea’s master tea blenders are always experimenting with new flavors, and hopefully you’ve had a chance to try the latest: Salted Caramel black tea, and Peppermint Bark and Chamomile Vanilla herbal teas. Stay tuned for more!

Happy tea drinking in 2015 and beyond!

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Make Bigelow Tea Bags a Part of Your Beauty Routine

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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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Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea Related Research About Neurological Decline

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If you’ve had some “senior moments” lately, you’re not alone! Age-related declines in memory and cognition occur naturally. But Bigelow Tea has found research that suggests that factors such as diet and exercise may help slow the progression of neurological decline.

If you love tea—and who doesn’t?—drink up! A published long-term study of nearly 30,000 adults found that drinking three or more cups of tea per day was associated with a 69% reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In addition, according to research presented at the 2007 Scientific Symposium on Tea and Health, theanine, an amino acid that is for the most part uniquely found in tea (green and black), may help prevent age-related memory decline. This human-based data is supported by  animal studies utilizing theanine.

Another study in 2013 shows that green tea may someday be a potent weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. And a different study suggests that green tea extract may enhance the brain’s “effective connectivity.” In other words, it may improve the flow of information from one part of the brain to another. This could lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory!

With all of the varieties of Green Tea and Black Tea that Bigelow Tea has to offer, having a few cups a day will never get dull! So whether you’re “young at heart” or “older and wiser,” don’t forget to sip some Bigelow Tea before you take your daily walk, fill out the crossword puzzle and eat your veggies! It’s a simple way to enjoy life and, perhaps, to stave off more senior moments!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.
Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.
Bigelow Tea is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow Tea provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea & National Diabetes Month 

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Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes; it affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. Bigelow Tea is taking the time to find out more about this disease, especially since National Diabetes Month was just recognized in November. So brew up a mug of Bigelow’s Chamomile Mango and read on!

Diabetes results from the human body not producing enough insulin to break down glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar that gets turned into fuel for the body. But without enough insulin, glucose levels build up, and this can be harmful. Diabetics can manage their health in many ways. They monitor their glucose levels, remain physically active, eat well and stay hydrated.

For tea drinkers, there’s some potentially good news: It has been reported that “Green tea is good for people with diabetes because it helps the metabolic system function better.” A 2013 research review published in Diabetes and Metabolism Journal highlighted a Japanese study that found people who drank six or more cups of green tea a day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week.

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Bigelow Tea has many delicious varieties—and tons of Green Tea options like Green Tea with Lemon and Earl Grey Green! All Bigelow Teas are sugar-free and can be served without sweeteners. Or, if you prefer a touch of sweetness, add in a substitute like Instagrammer @caitystrong does in her #dailycup of Earl Grey.

This month, let’s learn more about diabetes—and make a doctor’s appointment, if necessary.

Top Image from Instagram via @hnchun1

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea-containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.

Bigelow Tea is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow Tea provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.