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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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Image Courtesy of the Prostate Cancer Foundation

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!

Drinking Tea May Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

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While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every month should be devoted to your health.  A recent study shows that three cups of tea a day can slash a young woman’s risk of breast cancer.

According to the study, “the chances of developing a tumor dropped by around 37% in women under 50 who drank tea at least three times daily.”  The results were even better in cases of “lobular” cancer, in which tea reduced the risk by 66%.

About one in ten cases of breast cancer is “lobular” and it affects lobes deep inside the breast tissue.

This study adds to the already mounting evidence that tea has many wonderful health benefits.

For even more information regarding breast cancer and tea check our previous entries:

Can Bigelow Tea Make a Tea Suggestion, Gwyneth Paltrow?

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As you’ve been reading on our blog, you might remember that actress Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of green tea. Actually, being “absolutely addicted to green tea” means that she’s one of its biggest fans, and Green Tea has a lot of fans, for a lot of good reasons!

More recently, Paltrow has admitted to sipping on flowery teas. We at Bigelow Tea can see why. Flowers in tea can have many health benefits.  For example, hibiscus flowers can aid with kidney problems and be a natural diuretic.

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So, Gwyneth, can we make a tea recommendation?  Why not fill up that Sunday morning tea mug with some of our All Natural Organic Imperial Earl Grey with Natural Bergamot and Malva Flowers? With a full-bodied flavor and natural antioxidants, you can’t go wrong with this delicious selection!

Greenbacks, Sawbucks, or Tea Bricks – it All Spends the Same!

In our busy world we have wire transfers, credit cards and electronic funds transfers to purchase goods or move funds. We still use old fashioned dollars too, called everything from “clams” to ‘bacon” to “cabbage”- like a currency buffet! So it’s slightly ironic that there was a time when tea was used as actual currency.

Tea was not just traded as a commodity; blocks of whole or finely ground tea leaves, packed in to molds and pressed into block form were used to purchase goods. For 20 bricks you could purchase a horse, and for only 12 bricks – a sheep! Due to the value of tea in Asia, tea bricks were used like gold coins in China, Tibet, Mongolia, and Central Asia.

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Tea bricks were in fact preferred over metallic coins for the Nomads of Siberia; not only used as money, but eaten as food in times of hunger as well as brewed for drinking. Tea bricks were still used as edible currency in Siberia up until World War II.

So “numismatics”- the study of currency – includes coins, tokens, paper money – and TEA. The numismatics Historian Stuart Mosher, wrote about tea bricks:

In Siberia, Mongolia, Tibet and (China), cakes of compressed tea resembling bricks circulate as money. The natives of Siberia prefer tea-money to coins…they regard brick tea not only as a refreshing beverage but also as a medicine against coughs and colds.

While we know tea is a healthful drink,  the medicinal properties of the ancient tea brick is not clear because of binding properties added to the bricks.

With Tea as currency perhaps “the love of  money” is not the root of all evil after all!

Tea bricks are still currently manufactured, but primarily as souvenirs and novelty items.