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Keep Your ‘Tea’th and Gums Healthy

Tea has been the center of many research studies showing us that a daily tea routine is a positive addition to our overall health.  The University of Illinois has released findings from a recent study providing more good news about tea.  Another study shows that drinking tea can be good for your teeth and gums, outlining that tea contains compounds that attack harmful bacteria in our mouth.  There’s more in the hot cup of tea than great taste and a warm feeling!

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Thanks to 50connect.co.uk for the image

Enzymes found in both green tea and black tea have germ destroying capabilities that kill the bacteria that can cause dental plaque and produce acid – the plaque and acids that help cause cavities.  With our tea working to destroy these bacteria in our mouths, we are sure to have healthier teeth and gums!

Many of us are partial to green tea because of all of additional health properties, which also includes positive effects on oral health.  This is due in part to the fact that green tea contains the antioxidant called catechins; catechins that are not only good for your teeth, but the anti-inflammatory properties of catechins can help your gums stay healthier longer.

As many of us know, good oral health is a key ingredient to maintaining a healthy body.  Maybe now is the time to try your next cup of Bigelow Tea, and treat yourself to a big smile!

Staying Gluten-Free with Bigelow Tea during Celiac Disease Awareness Month

chaiteateus1020Good news for all the gluten-intolerant tea drinkers out there: with very few exceptions, Bigelow® teas are naturally gluten-free! Just check out the ingredients listed on the packaging or on our website – (www.bigelowtea.com) they will clearly indicate that the tea is either “GLUTEN FREE” or “NOT GLUTEN FREE.”  So, if you want to savor the sweet spice of our family’s signature tea, “Constant Comment”®, or sip a soothing cup of one of our newer flavors Green Tea Chai – you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy a safe, healthy and tasty libation.

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October is Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  For adults and children living with Celiac Disease (CD), a lifelong digestive disorder, gluten is the mortal enemy.  So, what is “gluten”, exactly?  Well, it’s actually a generic name for the storage proteins found in grains, specifically: wheat, barley, rye and oats.

When people with CD eat foods containing gluten, they suffer a toxic reaction to the immune system, causing damage to the small intestine which, in turn, hinders proper food absorption.  CD patients generally have weak immune systems and may experience sensitivity to other foods.  However, as long as they are monitored by their physician and carefully watch what they eat and drink, the disease can be managed without sacrificing quality of life.

At Bigelow Tea, we take “quality of life” very seriously, by providing you with a wonderful selection of teas to add to your gluten-free diet.  So, have a cuppa, and toast to your good health!

Parenting Magazine Highlights Green Tea as the Remedy for the Stressed Parent

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We are well in to the school year, and the busy, stressful schedules for parents are as present as ever.  Nurturing and supporting a child in their school work, along with their extracurricular endeavors, is not an easy task – but Parenting Magazine has a solution: Bigelow Green Tea!  With healing amino acids that promote the body’s ability to relax, green tea helps fight everyday stresses and deadlines, as is highlighted in Parenting.

There is also a specific amino acid found in green tea, commonly known as L-theanine, which induces the body’s ability to relax and relieve stress.  That, plus its ability to help lower one’s blood pressure, makes green tea an excellent choice of beverage for dealing with stress.

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Six Assorted Green Teas from Bigelow Tea.

Additionally, as we often note on our blog, a cup of green tea is a great way to combat a number of health issues. Many of the antioxidants found in green tea fight free radicals in the body that normally contribute to the aging process as well as illnesses like cancer or heart disease.  These antioxidants can reduce or even stop the damage that free radicals cause. So Parenting Magazine is right on target with their recommendation for dealing with stress… and such a delicious prescription!  Sit down and relax with a nice warm cup of Bigelow Green Tea, and feel the stresses of the day melt away…

Bigelow Tea Featured on the Today Show! Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of a Stroke

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Did you know that your calf size could affect your risk of a stroke?  According to a recent segment on NBC’s Today Show it can. Take a look at the video featuring Courtney Smith, Executive Editor of Prevention Magazine where Smith explains that women with calves measuring less than 13 inches – have a higher risk of a stroke.

Concerned host, Kathy Lee Gifford falls just on the border in that category, so what advice was offered? Drink a lot of green tea!  Take an even closer look at the clip and you’ll notice that, of course, they chose to display some delicious Bigelow Tea!

The segment outlined a study of over 40,500 Japanese men and women; those who drank five or more cups of green tea daily had the lowest risk of dying of heart disease and stroke.

Here at Bigelow Tea, we’ve been talking about the positive effects that green tea can have on reducing the risk of a stroke for some time now. Check out some of our previous posts on green tea and stroke prevention! And enjoy that extra cup of Bigelow Green Tea Today, and every day!

Spice and Sustainabili-Tea – Celebrating Autumn, Bigelow Tea-style

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“For every leaf, that twirls the breeze,
May useful hints and lessons give;
The falling leaves and fading trees
Will teach and caution us to live.”

– John Clare , Autumn

Autumn is the glorious season of colorful leaves, crisp fresh air, spicy aromas and harvest festivals.  It’s a celebration of nature’s bounty – a sustainable feast of everything organic, like apples, pears, pumpkin, squash, potatoes, zucchini and corn.  Add some antioxidant rich spices and herbs to the harvest mix, and you’ll enjoy a sensory explosion of flavors and enticing scents.  At Bigelow Tea, we welcome the autumn harvest with a delightful cornucopia of organic, herbal and spicy teas, like Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea , Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea ,  and Cinnamon Stick® Tea.

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Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea

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Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea

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Cinnamon Stick® Tea

In our ongoing effort to practice sustainable living, Bigelow Tea established the  “Sustainabili-TEA” program which serves as a guide for everything we do – from producing only the finest quality teas, hand-picked from mountain grown gardens, to protecting our environment and serving our community.

And, speaking of Sustainabili-TEA, we rejoice in each and every season – but when it comes to the celebration of a Bigelow Tea-style autumn, we’re all about the spice! So, do enjoy the natural spicy flavor of our autumnal teas and try out some of our seasonal recipes, like the delectable Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake .  And don’t forget – we have Mother Nature to thank for our harvest, so savor, savor, and savor some more!

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Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Teabag Tips for Home Remedies

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You’ve just sipped your last drop of Bigelow Darjeeling Tea and – just before throwing out the used teabag – a little voice inside your head screams “WAIT!”  You deftly lift your hand away, and place the used teabag on the counter. Staring intently at the teabag, the light bulb inside your head then suddenly flashes and the cobwebs disappear, as all those old home remedies come flooding back to you. Better write them down, in case you forget again! So here’s a few:

COLD SORES

These unsightly sores can be relieved (not cured) by placing a warm used teabag on the affected area, applying pressure from three to thirty minutes.

HALITOSIS

Bad breath is just plain embarrassing!  A daily regimen of black tea, like Bigelow English Teatime®, is just the right tonic for this social faux pas.

FOOT ODOR

No one likes to have smelly feet usually caused by bacteria from prolonged shoe wear.  Soak your feet in a tub of hot water and 5 new teabags, for 30 minutes. Refreshed!

BLACKHEADS

Place a warm, used teabag on the affected area once a day, until the blackhead disappears. For this application, use green tea only. For this issue, ehow.com says Green Tea is best.

DARK CIRCLES

Soak a couple of new teabags in cold water. Squeeze them and then place them over your closed eyes, for at least 10 minutes. Soon you’ll lose that raccoon look! (NOTE: Warm, used teabags can replace an herbal tea poultice.)

Now, time to silence those inner voices and perhaps succumb to the pleasure and taste of a relaxing cup of Cozy Chamomile®

Ooohh! Love that Oolong Tea! An Ancient Chinese Health Secret Revealed

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Oolong.  The word just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?  Studies have shown that drinking Oolong tea may cause the pounds to roll off as well!!

In the Far East, it is believed that a daily regimen of Chinese Oolong tea contributes to a slim waistline. How? Well, weight gain is caused by excess accumulation of fat in the body, occurring when food is synthesized into triglycerides in the liver and small intestine and then travels into the bloodstream and other tissues. These triglycerides are crucial for the body to function energetically. When there is an imbalance – an excess amount of triglycerides in the body –they turn to fat.

Oolong (which means Black Dragon) contains high amounts of polyphenols which trigger the enzymes responsible for reducing excess triglycerides. This is why regular consumption of this natural tea is highly effective in increasing the metabolism and battling the bulge!

At Bigelow Tea, we are all about balance.  And we’re very familiar with the healing powers of tea, as expressed by the ancient Chinese writer Lu Yu, who wrote that “Tea symbolizes the harmony and mysterious unity of the Universe.”  Our smooth-tasting blend of Bigelow Chinese Oolong Tea is enjoyed in many of the finest Chinese restaurants, an endorsement that simply delights us! And, since we’re being weight-conscious, consider adding some ooohh-so-good Bigelow Chinese Oolong to your salad with one of our favorite recipes – Oolong Soba Noodle Salad.  Only 139 calories!

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Although Oolong tea is not a miracle weight loss cure and should not be used as a replacement to proper diet and exercise, this flavorful libation is a proven weight loss aid. So, enjoy and, from time to time, measure that waistline….you may like what you see!

Calm-A-Sutra Scholarship Video: “Tea for Me”

This is an entry for the Calm-A-Sutra scholarship video competition. It’s a music video that imparts useful facts about tea and its health benefits.

Video and music written and produced by, and starring Elizabeth Hill and David Hill, with special guest star Pinky the Singing Teapot.

Lyrics:

Drinking tea is good for me – it makes my breath fresher.
Apparently a cup of tea can lower my blood pressure.
It stops me getting strokes and it reduces hypertension.
Its got amino acids to sharpen my attention.
It makes me less susceptible to daily stress and strain,
Does wonders for the cognitive powers of my brain.
Its even got some caffeine to help my memory,
And theanine to build up my immunity.

Tea for me,
Make it tea for me.
Black white green or oolong,
I cant survive for too long
Without
Tea for me,
Cause it keeps me breathing free.
My scale goes
Do re mi fa so la
Tea tea tea tea.

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If I want a daily drink to help me ward off cancer,
Ive heard them say a nice Earl Grey could be the answer.
It speeds the metabolic rate which helps me burn each calorie.
By making me work better it can even raise my salary.
It battles the bacteria and fights the nasty fungi,
That otherwise would rot my teeth or make my nose all bungy.
It also helps the blood flow through each artery
By boosting my blood vessels reactivity.

Tea for me,
Make it tea for me.
Black white green or oolong,
I cant survive for too long
Without
Tea for me,
Cause it keeps me breathing free.
My scale goes
Do re mi fa so la
Tea tea tea tea.

Tea for me,
Make it tea for me.
Black white green or oolong – oo!
I cannot go for too long
Without
Tea for me,
Cause it keeps me breathing free.
My scale goes
Do re mi fa so la
Tea tea tea tea.

Green Tea Combating Against Prostate Cancer

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is Sept. 10-16, and for Bigelow Tea it is an excellent opportunity to take another look at this serious disease, and what Green Tea can do to help. Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the prostate, and is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer, except lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates about 218,890 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the United States during 2007. And one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Those are some serious statistics, but it’s encouraging to know that Green Tea’s powerful antioxidants, also called catechins, can have an impact on prostate cancer. The catechins found in green tea scavenge for the free radicals that contribute to cancer growth.

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In a new study released this summer, U.S. researchers conducted a clinical trial to determine the short term effects of green tea’s active compounds on “serum biomarkers” in patients with prostate cancer. This trial, from Louisiana State University’s Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, showed that men who consumed the compounds in green tea showed a reduction in these markers, which is predictive of prostate cancer progression.

Further, the University of Maryland reports that green tea extracts prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells in test tubes. In this large clinical study, researchers found the risk of prostate cancer declined with increasing frequency and quantity of green tea consumption. Tea contains polyphenols; clinical studies continue to suggest that polyphenols in green tea kill cancerous cells and stop their progression.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation also tells us that a healthy diet and regular exercise may also slow prostate cancer growth. That is good news for all of us. Live well, and enjoy your tea!

Bigelow Tea Understands the Healing Power of Mint

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Many of us associate mint with fresh breath or long, thirst-quenching summer drinks.  (With or without that extra “kick”)  At Bigelow Tea, we’ve crafted refreshing mint libations for each category – it’s all a matter of taste!

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Mint Medley Mojito

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Constant Comment® and Plantation Mint® Iced Tea

For centuries, this sweet-smelling herb has been used in recipes around the world, notably in cultural cuisines throughout Europe, the Middle East and India. Mint (“Mentha) with its soothing flavor and cooling after-sensation, is renowned for its curative properties; healing/relieving common maladies like migraines or headaches, digestive problems, nasal and chest congestion, and stress. Its active ingredient, menthol, soothes the digestive system with its anesthetic qualities – which numb the gastric mucous membrane and stimulate proper digestion.  Additionally, mint has an antioxidant called perillyl alcohol, believed to contribute to the prevention of cancer – notably, colon, lung and skin cancer.

A hardy, fast-growing and “user-friendly” perennial herb, mint has many varieties. The most popular are spearmint and peppermint and apple or orange mint. Grow a family of mint in your garden and you will enjoy the fragrant aromas and the little violet or purple-white flowers that bloom like mad during growing season!

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There are so many ways to savor mint – the best, of course, is to brew one of Bigelow Tea’s varieties of mint tea! If you have a green thumb, cut some of your own mint leaves and then pour hot (not boiling) water over the mint, cover (to keep the mint oils from evaporating) and then steep.  Or, simply relax and sip a cup of Bigelow’s select mint herbal tea – like Mint Medley®, Green Tea with Mint, or Chamomile Mint.  Tastes great and it’s healthy, too! That’s a win-win, don’t you think!