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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!


Mint Medley Mojito



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!


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.


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.

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


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!


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.


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.


Ginger SnappishTM Herbal Tea with Lemon


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.


Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger


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…


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”


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…