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Tea off in August with Bigelow Tea for National Golf Month!

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While some states across the country celebrate golf with their own Golf Months, August is National Golf Month, and a great excuse to get out on the links for a few extra rounds. The origin of golf is still open to debate, but accepted golf history is that in the 12th century golf – as it’s played today – originated in Scotland. It’s thought that shepherds were knocking stones into rabbit holes at the very spot where the Royal Golf Club of St. Andrews now sits. It’s a long world away from 12th Century Scotland to the 21st century and the 91st PGA Championship in August, where Tiger Woods will be shooting for another major win and his 5th PGA Championship Cup

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But you don’t need to play like Tiger Woods to enjoy a sunny morning, or day out on the links in harmony with nature and a beautifully manicured course. And it’s interesting – this Bigelow Tea ad for our great green tea may also point to the future, and using tea to keep closely shorn golf greens in better shape: at the storied Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, the use of  tea compost on their course (and especially the greens) provided for deeper root systems, allowing turf to better withstand foot traffic and turf diseases. Raise your cup to the best greens in the game!

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Golf Bag Cooler from Bigelow Tea

At Bigelow Tea we know that our tea is great before “Tea off” or for that mighty thirst out on the 18th green! And whether you shoot in the low 70’s or well into the 100’s, you’ll score a hole-in-one with our Mini Golf Bag cooler, packed full of goodies and plenty of Bigelow Tea to keep you hydrated on the course for all 18 holes. And hey, it’s National Golf month! Maybe an extra round for the day?

Bigelow Tea Sets Its Sights On August — Cataracts Awareness Month

Did you know that 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, one of the most curable causes of vision loss? A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens, blocking out the light needed for vision. Approximately half of all Americans develop cataracts by age 65 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Because they form slowly and cause no pain, many people don’t know that cataracts are forming.

Bigelow Tea is proud that research continues to point to tea as a helpful drink in fighting cataracts, as well as other diseases. Researchers are studying the effects of black tea, green tea, and EGCG (green tea extract) on preventing cataracts. Studies on free radicals that damage the retina and lens of the eye, concentrate on the protective effect of antioxidants. With so much positive news about the antioxidants in green tea, it’s no wonder that people enjoy Bigelow Tea for their health, like Joe Torre, Skipper of the LA Dodgers, and Phil Simms, CBS sportscaster and former quarterback for the N.Y. Giants. In this video they talk to Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea, about their health priorities and belief in Green Tea…

During Cataract Awareness Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) tells us how to recognize cataracts, and reminds us that we don’t have to live with this affliction. The AAO also provides information on medical advances that have made cataract surgery one of the most successful of surgical procedures. In fact it’s one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, with more than 1.6 million procedures yearly. So for Cataract Awareness Month, enjoy an extra cup of green tea and learn more from the CDC to help keep you seeing clearly!

Tea Bags and Health: the Sachet’s Cachet

It’s time to pay the ubiquitous tea bag a lot more respect! Not only does a Bigelow Tea tea bag brew an exceptional cup of tea, but the hard working sachet is surprisingly versatile. Before you compost used tea bags, they can be used for a variety of purposes, from art to post-operative care.

For example, used tea bags are well suited to easing eye pain and puffiness. Place two used tea bags in the refrigerator so they will be nice and cool. (You can prepare tea bags up to two days in advance so they’ll be ready when you are.) Lie down and place one tea bag on each eye. Relax for 10-15 minutes, turning the tea bags once. The redness and eye strain will disappear. (You may have a bit of a tea stain, however, so don’t forget to rinse your face with cool water.) Repeat often for best results.

Meanwhile, an unused tea bag can be used to staunch bleeding after a wisdom tooth extraction. Place a moistened tea bag over the affected area and bite for 30 minutes, repeating once, if necessary. Black tea works best; it’s the tannic acid that contracts the blood vessels and helps to form a clot.

Tea bags can also be used to sooth sunburned skin, relieve pain from an injection, sooth razor burn, etc. You can even add tea bags to your bath to soothe and soften your skin. In addition, tea bags have even been used to make dresses and create art.

Despite some debate about who invented the tea bag, (most sources say that it was tea importer Thomas Sullivan, who in 1908 started spooning tea into silk bags to use as samples) people have been using them creatively since their inception.

Better Health = Bigelow Tea + Good Friends

Enjoying some tasty Bigelow Tea with a good friend could be just what the doctor ordered! Numerous studies and articles have touted the health benefits of both – tea and good friends.

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An article in The New York Times cites the 10-year Australian study showing good friends can lengthen your life, and reduce obesity. A Harvard study suggested spending time with friends promoted good brain health. Add in some Bigelow Tea Green Tea while enjoying those friends and maybe you can spend more time with friends and less time at the doctor’s office.

Green and Chamomile teas have been studied for their health benefits related to many ailments, from  diabetes to preventing bone loss in women.

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Green tea has been linked to health benefits

Cindi Bigelow certainly understands the benefits of sharing tea with friends, as witnessed in this video with “the boys” — Joe Torre, Phil Simms, and Terry Francona – where they discuss tea, friendship, and more.

So, when Friendship Day rolls around on August 2nd, there should be no guilt in relaxing with some tea and a good friend, or two, or three…for your better health and theirs!

Glorious Ginger: Embrace Healing Energy with Bigelow Tea

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Some words of wisdom from Bigelow Tea:  When life throws us a curveball and the future seems uncertain, we always gravitate towards whatever brings us comfort, stability, and that ever-elusive gift that we call Time. Whether we need time to reflect, heal or simply just breathe, the meditative ritual of tea drinking is the tonic which puts everything into perspective.

For centuries, people have enjoyed the practice of tea – for social interaction and to heal mind and body.  Ancient cultures engaged in the preparation of herbal tea concoctions from a seemingly endless variety of herbs, nurtured for their exotic flavors and medicinal value. Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) not only makes a very flavorful base for a tea but also contains a wide range of healing properties.

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Ginger SnappishTM Herbal Tea with Lemon

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Bigelow AriZona Organic Green Tea – Lemon Ginger

Ginger root, the underground stem of the ginger plant, is just as effective dried as it is in its raw form. The plain, brown color of the spice belies its fiery and savory nature.  A widely popular medicinal herb in the eastern cultures of China, Japan and India, ginger is also grown in West Africa and the Caribbean. There is a bounty of evidence of its healing properties, which can remedy maladies of the stomach, asthma, inflammation, motion and morning sickness, blood pressure and circulatory problems. Ginger has also been very effective with eliminating nausea from chemotherapy treatment.

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger


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Green Tea Ginger Tea Cakes

So, do take time out to breathe, nibble, and sip some of Bigelow Tea’s comfort food and herbal teas, all channeling the healing energy of green tea and glorious ginger!

(Note: Always consult a physician before the medical use of ginger or any herb, for that matter).

No Summertime Blues for Bigelow Tea! July is National Blueberry Month!

The summertime blues are a good thing – reallyBigelow Tea is embracing summer with a celebration of nature’s most healthy and nutritious fruit –blueberries!

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They’re delicious, versatile, filled with antioxidants and contain Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene.  Fresh, frozen or canned – they’re all good!  Not only are they tasty, low in calories and a fabulous source of fiber – they’re also a national treasure.

Did you know that the United States produces more than 90% of the world’s blueberries?  Produced in 35 States, blueberries are native to North America and harvested from mid-April to October, peaking in July.  In recognition of this precious national harvest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaimed July as National Blueberry Month.

Summertime conjures up memories of blueberry pie with ice cream on a lazy summer afternoon – home sweet home. Add some of our very own Bigelow Tea blueberry concoctions to your summer recipe collection!  Whether starting the day with our melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Harvest® Muffins or enjoying a healthy Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad, you’ll want to tantalize your taste buds with some refreshing blueberry libations:

Something sweet…

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Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea

Bring 1 quart water to a boil; add 2 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz and 1 Blueberry Harvest® herbal tea bags – steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

...or something “naughtea”

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Blueberry Harvest Delight

Make tea by infusing 2 cups boiling water with 6 Bigelow® Blueberry Harvest tea bags. Remove tea bags and chill. Add 1 cup Blue Curacao and ¼ cup Grand Marnier, stir – add ice. Shake and strain into martini glasses, garnish with fresh blueberries.

Mmmm..mmm. Yes, “summertime, and the livin’ is easy…



Green Tea Helps You Get In Shape!

Are you ready to bare it all at the beach, or at the gym this summer? Maybe you should grab some Green Tea, to quench your thirst and help you look your best. You can enjoy the health benefits, great taste – and even the convenience with the new Bigelow Tea Organic Iced Teas!

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Of course weight training can help you keep your abs flat, while whole grain products and Green Tea have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer, but did you know that the catechins in Green Tea can increase metabolism?

It’s no wonder that in a recent study about healthy drinks that Green Tea was named one of the best for you. If you’re wondering what drinks to avoid, check out the 20 unhealthiest drinks in America, but you won’t find Green Tea on that list!

Whether you need a cool refreshing drink, or a relaxing moment with a hot cup of tea, Bigelow Tea has calorie free Green Tea to help you –  hot, fresh brewed, organic, iced and ready to drink!

More Good News on Green Tea in Fighting Prostate Cancer

We have mentioned several reports on the healthful benefits of Green Tea, covering a range of conditions including heart disease, cancer and even dementia. We are happy to see that scientists as well as Tea Lovers are taking these health benefits to heart! Now, new research published in the US journal Cancer Prevention Research, finds that a chemical found in green tea appears to slow the progression of prostate cancer.

In this study, Philadelphia-based researchers tested a compound called Polyphenon E., and results pointed to a significant decline in certain biomarkers – molecules that are indicators of developing cancer. Dr James Cardelli, from the Prostate Cancer Charity who led the study, said that this Polyphenon E. compound “may have the potential to lower the incidence and slow the progression of prostate cancer.”

John Neate, chief executive of the Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “The results of this study suggest that there is merit in further research into the effects of extracts of green tea…on the prevention of prostate cancer and in controlling progression in men already diagnosed with the disease.”

More research includes another clinical study, recently reported at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.  Research leader Saverio Bettuzzi, Ph.D. stated “Numerous earlier studies, including ours, have demonstrated july-teacupthat green tea catechins…inhibited cancer cell growth in laboratory models.” Bettuzzi explained, “We wanted to conduct a clinical trial to find out whether catechins could prevent cancer in men. The answer clearly is yes.”

At Bigelow Tea, we believe in the simple and healthful powers of Green tea, and there’s one area of research that we all to take part in – and that’s a great cup of tea to start your day or take a well deserved break.

Here’s to your health!

Just the TEA facts, please!

As the most widely consumed beverage in the world other than water, tea can still be a mystery to some people.

Tea is steeped in many traditions and legends and the history of tea is quite fascinating – but the Western World may still be playing catch up with the east on many things tea. For instance, it wasn’t until 1905 that the tea plant received its official Latin name, Camellia sinensis. Many western scientists at the time were not aware that Black, Green, Oolong and White tea production all came from this single tea plant.

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One of the biggest misconceptions about tea is the caffeine levelwhich is less than half that of coffee. Add to that all the heath benefits in tea, plus the fact that tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, sugar and is virtually calorie-free, and you don’t have to be able to read the tea leaves to see all the advantages of enjoying your tea.

Here are some more interesting tea facts for you, while you wait for the pot to boil:

  • On any given day, about half of the American population drinks tea. On a regional basis, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
  • The tea plant Camellia sinensis can grow over 30 feet in height, but most tea plantations keep the plant trimmed to about waist-height so the leaves can be plucked easily at harvest time.
  • It was actually Dutch traders who were the first to bring tea to the West in the early 1600s, and it quickly became an important staple of trade for many countries.
  • And yes, it is true that the only tea plantation in North America is Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, South Carolina!

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Charleston Tea Plantation

Green Tea Helps Control High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a dangerous medical condition that currently affects over 65 million Americans, and up to 1 billion people worldwide. High blood pressure kills about 50,000 Americans every year, and contributes to 75% of allstrokes which is the #3 killer in the U.S. today. Dire statistics, but it is good to know that daily consumption of green tea can help. While it’s true that many studies have concluded that Green tea consumption is associated with overall reducedmortality, what about specifically controlling high blood pressure and strokes?

In several studies, over 8 years, researchers in Taiwan discovered 65% lower risk of high blood pressure for men and women who drank at least 20 ounces (600 ml.) of green or oolong tea daily for at least a year. Other results have shown that a daily green tea regime helps prevent artery constriction, which forces the blood pressure to rise, thus protecting against strokes caused by high blood pressure.

The Archives of Internal Medicine reported another study of 550 men that revealed that drinking almost 5 cups of tea per day reduced the likelihood of stroke by 69 percent. Add a little lemon to your tea, and the results are even more dramatic. Good to know that daily enjoyment of tea, as part of a healthy lifestyle, helps control blood pressure and can help prevent stroke, as well as other healthful benefits. So enjoy that healthy, calming cup of tea, a well deserved break for both brain and body.