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Loving American-Grown Spearmint At Bigelow Tea!

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As Bigelow Tea celebrates its 70th anniversary, it’s time to look at the good things that continue to happen here … and today it’s all about the flavor of mint! As a family-owned American company that has been blending teas for three generations, Bigelow Tea enjoys the luxury of not only sipping some of the world’s finest teas, but of being able to select only the best quality ingredients for its recipes. When you enjoy tea as much as the Bigelow family—and your name is on the package, you want to be choosy.  It is why Bigelow Tea sources all of its ingredients from trusted suppliers who share the company’s passion for tea.

The pure, clean 100% American-grown spearmint that is masterfully blended into Plantation Mint® Tea and Mint Medley® herb tea is no exception. The mint is grown in the northwest corner of the United States by a family company of multi-generational growers who, when Bigelow Tea set out in the early 1960s to develop a tea with the refreshing taste of spearmint, demonstrated the same uncompromising care and craftsmanship that Bigelow Tea demands.  And the two families have enjoyed a loyal relationship ever since.

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Each year the father and son team expertly grows acres upon acres of the finest quality mint that is meticulously harvested only two times each year.  The superior quality of their product, the cleanliness of their processing and the traceability of the mint from “crop to cup” are what make them ideal partners for Bigelow Tea.

Whether you enjoy Bigelow mint teas hot or over a tall glass of ice, passion, quality and exceptional flavor is what you’ll taste in every cup of Bigelow Tea.

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea

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Bigelow Tea loves a nice cup of Green Tea anytime of year. March, however, is the perfect time to break out this traditional tea. From St. Patrick’s Day to the first day of spring, there’s plenty of everything green to celebrate. For those looking to embrace this lucky color, Bigelow Tea suggests doubling your green luck with a cup of Green Tea with Mint. It’s refreshing and soothing from start to finish. Or, make your friends green with envy when you entertain with Bigelow Tea’s pack of Six Assorted Green Teas.

bigelow tea green tea with mint

St. Patrick’s Day began in Ireland for over a thousand years ago as a religious feast day for the patron Saint of Ireland. Today’s it’s celebrated around the world with special food, drinks, and the color green.  For those looking to celebrate with a kiss of sweetness this St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck. Bigelow Tea’s Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day toast.  Green Tea dessert fan @JonathanDmnd recently tweeted, “Green tea ice cream is the best,” so he’d definitely enjoy this recipe as well.

Lucky Leprechaun Frozen Green Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Bigelow Classic Green Tea
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 12 Ice Cubes
  • Whipped Topping
  • 5 drops Green Food Coloring (optional)
  • Optional rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

Take 1 cup cold water and boil.  Once at a rolling boil add 1 green tea bag.  Steep for 3 minutes off of heat.
Let tea cool – at least 5 minutes in a cup.
Add tea, milk, sugar, ice, and green food coloring to blender.  Blend well.
Add to a chilled glass and top with whipped topping and sprinkles.

 

Boost Your Body With Herbal Bigelow Tea During National Nutrition Month

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Hydrate by drinking Bigelow Tea during National Nutrition Month. Of course, with so many flavors and varieties ranging from herbal to green to black, Bigelow Tea is the ideal beverage to add to your diet any time of year!

Did you know that Lemon Ginger Herbal tea  not only tastes delicious but it contains the probiotic GanedenBC 30 to help maintain a healthy balance in your digestive track?

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Hot or iced, this naturally caffeine free herbal blend is a great choice for every day. @beausci2010 knows “It’s good any time of day especially after meals.” So, during National Nutrition Month, give it a try … and feel good about yourself!

 

Bigelow Tea Goes For Mellow During National Caffeine Awareness Month

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Bigelow Tea knows that tea drinkers sometimes need a little boost from their favorite beverage … but during March’s National Caffeine Awareness Month it might be time to try a few less-caffeinated options.

One great choice is Bigelow Herbal Tea. Herbal teas are actually not made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush, so they are completely caffeine free. Mellow herbs like mint and chamomile make these teas tasty and invigorating, without any caffeine. Try Chamomile Mango or the aptly-named Sweet Dreams this month before bedtime.

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Another great alternative is the full line of Bigelow Decaffeinated Teas. These teas have the same robust taste as many Bigelow black and green tea favorites, but they have only 1-8 mg of caffeine per serving. So, for example, if you want a little less “lift” in your Lemon Lift, try the Lemon Lift decaf!

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Whether caffeine is a vital part of your morning or something you prefer to forego, Bigelow Tea has an option for you this and every month.

Top image by @caymandesigns via Instagram

Bigelow Tea Raises a Cup to Women Everywhere

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March is National Women’s History Month—a time when we recognize the contributions of women in history and contemporary society. The 2015 theme is titled, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” and presents an opportunity for Bigelow Tea to highlight the story of our tenacious founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, whose story weaves into the essential fabric of the company’s—and nation’s—history.

In 1945, inspired by an early Colonial recipe, Ruth created the first cup of “Constant Comment”® Tea in her New York City brownstone kitchen. Soon after, the Bigelow Tea Company was born. Because of the bold choices—and fine quality teas—that Ruth made, Bigelow Tea, as a third generation family run company, has become a household name and is happily celebrating a 70th Anniversary this year under president and CEO, Cindi Bigelow, Ruth’s granddaughter.

This month, raise a mug of tea to the influential women of the past and present and savor a cup of tea in honor of the wonderful women in your life—@gglugo has the perfect Wonder Woman mug for the occasion.

 

Recognizing the People Who Make Bigelow Tea Great

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Reaching the milestone 70th anniversary at Bigelow Tea wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of the company’s employees. As a family-owned and operated business, Bigelow Tea considers employees to be part of the Bigelow Tea family and works hard to make it a great workplace. The company takes pride in dedicating time to community service, has a commitment to sustainability and also organizes fun employee events—@shearwatercr has enjoyed a Bigelow Tea employee farmers market!

For Employee Spirit Month, it seems fitting to talk about a few of Bigelow Tea’s spirited employees, like Dani Ortman, Chad Tennant and Janned Serrano. Dani works for Bigelow Tea in Boise, where she is involved with Make-A-Wish® Idaho. She volunteers with the organization and grants wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Chad, located in Louisville, KY, represents Bigelow Tea at different obstacle races each year. Recently, Chad participated in the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder to raise money for U.S. veterans through the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Then there’s Janned (Executive Assistant to third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as well as Community Relations Manager pictured above), who works with in Fairfield, CT. She works with Caroline House, a local nonprofit, teaching English as a second language to immigrant women, where she was recently named a member of the organization’s Sources of Inspiration Board. Impressive, right?

Want to hear more? Visit the Bigelow Tea website for more stories about Bigelow Tea’s talented employees and their commitment to do good things, near and far.

 

Spring Into Bigelow’s Green Tea Sweepstakes!

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Ready for the green of spring and a chance to win a Green Teas Triple Pack Sampler from Bigelow Tea? These refreshing flavors will help you perk up and shake off those winter doldrums. Twelve lucky winners in all!

Spring is a time for renewal and a perfect opportunity to explore the delicate flavor profile of green tea. Green teas are high in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many people make them a part of their healthy lifestyle.

The Green Teas Triple Pack includes one box each of Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai, Green Tea with Lemon  and Green Tea with Pomegranate. Each is distinct, delicious and blended with natural flavors (60 tea bags total).

To enter, go to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page. Share the sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter to get more entries. You can enter once per day until the sweeps ends on March 30. On a mobile device? Please use this link instead:  http://woobox.com/2fwdyt

Check the Bigelow Tea blog for the winners’ list.

Good luck, and enjoy all things green this month!

 

Cancer Research Update From Bigelow Tea

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Cancer—how it’s diagnosed, treated and perceived—has come a long way. Decades ago, people barely spoke about the “C word,” while today there’s an open dialogue about cancer prevention and treatment. Unfortunately, the odds are still good that you or someone you’re close to has had to deal with some form of cancer. So, today brew a cup of Bigelow Tea and read here about some of the research that indicates that tea may protect the body from some cancers.

A 2010 study of more than 500 people adds to growing evidence suggesting the beverage has anti-cancer powers. In the study, smokers and non-smokers who drank at least a cup a day cut their lung cancer risk significantly, a US cancer research conference heard. The protection was greatest for people carrying certain genes. But cancer experts said the findings did not change the fact that smoking is bad for health.

An earlier study indicated that tea drinkers have an approximately 42% reduced risk of colon cancer compared to non-tea drinkers. In that same study, men who drank more than 1.5 cups of tea per day were found to have a 70% lower colon cancer risk. Another study led researchers to the conclusion that hot black tea consumption was associated with a significantly lower risk of the most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma. And still another study, this one from 2003, indicated that women who consumed the equivalent of 2.5 cups of tea per day had a 60% reduction in rectal cancer risk, compared with women who drank less than 1.2 cups of tea daily.

Living a healthy lifestyle by eating right, exercising, applying sunscreen and getting routine physicals and checks for common cancers are just some of the things everyone can do to help prevent, or diagnose, cancer. So, take the advice of the experts: take a walk, wear a wide brimmed hat, nibble a carrot, brew some tea … and enjoy life!

Image from Instagram via @reguidinger

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

Fall in Love With Bigelow Tea’s Valentine’s Day Flavors

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Whether you’re a tea lover, or are lovers looking for tea, Bigelow Tea has the perfect flavor to get something brewing on Valentine’s Day. Fall head over heels in love with one of Bigelow Tea’s seasonal blends, like Sweetheart Cinnamon or White Chocolate Obsession. Or, if a bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day is your preference, you can’t go wrong with Bigelow’s Novus Wild Encounter Herbal Tea, a full leaf, caffeine-free blend that marries the flavors of rose hips and raspberries.

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If you’re lucky in love like @lesaann98, your valentine may even surprise you and have a mug ready to go before your alarm goes off. Or, maybe you’re celebrating the day of love with a group of friends like @sarahejenks did last year: “Had a fabulous [Valentine’s] Day lunch today. It was the perfect excuse for a tea party.”

However you spend Valentine’s Day this year, may it be filled with lots of love, joy and unparalleled flavor, freshness and aroma every time you brew Bigelow Tea.

Signed, steeped and delivered, the Bigelow Tea family of flavors is yours.

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Hot Breakfast Month with American Breakfast Tea

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Looking for a stimulating way to start the day? Bigelow Tea’s American Breakfast Tea will help energize your morning. This black tea blend is crafted with only the finest ingredients to create a delightful cup of tea with a higher caffeine content. Move over coffee because there’s almost as much caffeine in American Breakfast Tea as there is in your cuppa Joe.

What makes this alternative energy drink even better is that tea has antioxidants called polyphenols and L-Theanine, a naturally occurring compound unique to tea. When you combine this with caffeine, you get a natural, sustained energy boost! Another benefit is it enables you to be more focused on the day ahead.

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Stay warm this February by enjoying your cup of American Breakfast Tea with a hot breakfast to celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month. With experts in agreement on breakfast being the most important meal of the day, you don’t want to miss out. Are you interested in cooking with Bigelow Tea? Try starting the day with pancakes or an Earl Grey Tea Loaf.

Remember: American Breakfast Tea is made in America, by an American family, for the American consumer. Enjoy Hot Breakfast Month with Bigelow Tea!