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This Is Why Bigelow Hot Cinnamon Tea Is Perfect

Attention, attention: calling all hot tea lovers: turn the spice up a notch with a cup of Bigelow Hot Cinnamon tea. We took a rich, bold black tea and blended it with spicy cinnamon to create the perfect brew to warm you up all the way down to your toes. And no one is exaggerating when they say it’s got a bit of a kick – after all, it is the spice of intrigue!

Despite its widespread use throughout the ancient world, cinnamon didn’t arrive to Europe until after the Middle Ages. Actually, it was known to be the Arab merchants’ best-kept secret until the early 16th century. To keep their monopoly on the cinnamon trade and justify its high price, traders would tell tales to their buyers about where and how they obtained the luxurious spice. One documented story claimed that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human and could only be gotten when the nests broke. Another tall tale claimed that cinnamon was found in deep canyons guarded by snakes.

In the New World, Christopher Columbus searched for it (and didn’t find it – only tree bark) and Gonzalo Pizarro, a Spanish explorer, sought cinnamon in the Americas, traversing the Amazon hoping to find the “pais de la canela,” or “cinnamon country.”

These days, cinnamon is making some history of its own as the leading ingredient in this amazing tea. With its natural spice and a mix of sweetness, it’s the perfect way to take the chill out of a cool night or to add some zip to your day.

Whatever its history, we’re stoked that cinnamon is a part of our present so #TeaProudly people and enjoy a mug today!

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Is A Go-To For Fab Tanya Rad!

What’s the best way to start your day? Well, if you’re up and at ‘em before 5:00 a.m. like Tanya Rad, it’s with a huge glass of water in one hand and a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea in the other. As the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show, “On Air With Ryan” on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles’ Hit Music radio station, Tanya’s alarm goes off bright and early so that she can bring the people of Los Angeles and those tuned in worldwide some solid tunes (and humor!).

But, if you spend a bit of time with Tanya, you’ll know that the water and tea go beyond staying hydrated. Tanya is truly committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, and those early morning beverages are a great way to keep accountable throughout the day. Here are a few other tips for living your best – and healthiest – life!

  1. Make your bed. As the first task of the day, it’s a good feeling to get it done.
  2. As mentioned, start your morning off with a nice, tall glass of ice water – maybe add some lemon!
  3. While you’re sipping, start the teapot and brew yourself a cup of green tea.
  4. Schedule your day out. Take a few minutes to jot out your priorities or to-do list. It’s a great way to chart out your day and an even better way to jumpstart the productivity.
  5. On the go? Busy work day ahead? Pack your lunch! Stick to healthy habits by bringing your own food to the office.
  6. Let the natural light in. Open your blinds, soak in the sunshine. That Vitamin D is amazing.
  7. Exercise! Move your body! Wake it up!
  8. Get your thinking cap on! Read the newspaper. Or have a chat with a loved one on your commute. We also love podcasts – one of our favorites is “Tea Time with Tanya.”

In the end, living your best life is all about finding what makes you happy and makes you feel fulfilled. You can get together with friends and chat out some of your favorite habits, or do your research on blogs, Instagram and Pinterest for new ideas. But ultimately, you have to be true to yourself and do what feels right to you. After all, when we say #TeaProudly, being proud of who you are is a huge part of that.

Photos by Tanya Rad

Times Change, But Bigelow Teas Don’t – That’s #TeaProudly!

Listen up, tea lovers. If you haven’t joined the Bigelow Tea #TeaProudly community (you qualify if you love tea!), now’s the time. Why? Because drinking tea is warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share. #TeaProudly is the best place to be and now you can learn more from the top of our tea boxes. Yup, the next time you pick out your fave flavors, you’ll notice something a bit different and we hope you love it as much as we do!

So, what exactly did we do? A #TeaProudly update, of course, on the top of our boxes. And that is not all you will find on our tea boxes, you’ll see stories on the lid of the box, photos, easy to read listed ingredients and #TeaProudly messages on each tea tag. Because, hey, the times (and packaging) may change, but our delicious tea won’t! Check out new packaging for the following flavors: “Constant Comment®”, Earl Grey, English Teatime, Green Tea, Green Tea with Lemon, Mint Medley, and Cozy Chamomile.

Obviously, you all know what #TeaProudly is by now, but just in case you don’t (hey, new tea drinkers!), here’s how it works. We all love tea, right? And along with our passion (yours and ours!), is the fun we all have in sharing what’s important. Because who doesn’t love to talk about favorite tea flavors, awesome mugs, cool tea memories with friends and family, and any other time tea has rocked our world?!

See one of our new packages on your next shopping trip? Snap a pic and share it on social media with #TeaProudly!

Bigelow Tea Loves This Shout-Out To Hot Tea Month From The North

As you’ve probably guessed, we’re pretty excited about Hot Tea Month here at Bigelow Tea, and we’re not alone! The Tea and Herbal Association of Canada is also celebrating the month of January with a variety of articles and videos about everyone’s favorite beverage. If you can’t get enough of fun tea facts and stories, it’s clearly the perfect month to drink in all this tea amazing-ness. Check it out!

A relaxing start to the New Year.

After all the excitement and drama of 2017, now’s the perfect time to calm things down. And according to a Nielsen survey conducted for the Tea and Herbal Association, tea is the perfect beverage to do the job. “Relaxing” was the top positive health association for tea consumers. We couldn’t agree more. How often do YOU find yourself enjoying a cup to relax? Yup, that’s what we thought.

There is a tea for everyone.

Seriously. There are so many different types of teas – black, green, oolong and herbal. Of course, with dozens of different flavor combinations available within each of those categories, there is definitely a tea flavor (or more than one!) that will make everyone happy. In fact, you could probably try several new Bigelow flavors each week for a year – after all, there are more than 130!

Tea unites us all.

For the past several months, we’ve been encouraging folks to #TeaProudly, a pro-tea revolution of our own. Tea is a perfect excuse to hang out together, share stories and advice, or simply relax together over a warm and soothing cup. People of all ages are enjoying tea, with younger generations really loving it! Yup, 42 % of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea, with 27% of these tea lovers drinking tea exclusively. You can see why it’s only natural that a common love for tea is a perfect way to bring people together.

So, there you have it. Just a few reasons why Hot Tea Month is the best month ever. So, go on, and enjoy a cup… right now! What are you waiting for?!

Make A Resolution To Drink More Tea!


Okay. Let’s talk about soda. Yeah, yeah, you may know it’s not good for you—but at the same time, it can be totally tough to resist. Come on, who doesn’t remember guzzling it down at the movies (those sugary-sweet chick flicks, though…) and the fizz! Ahh… there’s nothing quite like soda bubbles on a hot day, right?! But, listen, a single can often contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. Imagine digging into a sugar bowl a few times and it’s basically the same thing. For the sake of your teeth, your body and your brain, it’s time to kick the sugary habit to the curb. And what better way to escape the soda cycle so than by changing out that 20-ounce bottle for a cup of Bigelow Tea? Here’s why you should be drinking less soda, plus some tips on how to make the transition a little bit easier…

Are you so into soda? The more you drink (and that’s regular soda or diet), the worse it may be for your health. In fact, some research suggests that drinking sugary soda – and artificial sweeteners and additives – is strongly linked to weight gain, may cause insulin resistance, and may contribute to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In the words of celebrity no-nonsense fitness trainer and all-around rockstar Jillian Michaels, “Drinking soda is worse than smoking cigarettes.” Yikes!

But you still need to stay hydrated! This is soooo important. Let’s say you kick the soda habit. You still need to drink something! According to the American Heart Association, keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. Plus, sugary sodas tend to dehydrate you or send you into a sugar crash, so it’s best to make a change. In addition to lots of water, keep hydrated by adding tea to your daily routine. And, green teas are highest in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many in the #TeaProudly community and beyond make it part of their healthy lifestyle—why not include a few cups to your day?

Chances are pretty good you can make the switch. In 2012, a Gallup poll found that 48% of Americans drink at least one glass of soda a day. That means there’s a 50-50 chance you’re a frequent soda drinker. No judgment! Check your watch. Is it soda o’clock? Not so fast. Try to exchange the go-to soft drink for a cup of tea or jazz up some water by adding fresh fruit. Love the bubbles? Switch to seltzer. Go ahead, you can do it!

Bottom line. Whether you’re avoiding a short-term crash or looking out for your long-term health, your body will thank you once you eliminate this common beverage habit. The good news is about 63% of people are now trying to avoid soda, according to a recent poll – just make sure you’re still hydrating!

Have you switched out soda for tea recently? Tag #TeaProudly and tell us how it’s going!

This is Why You Should Celebrate National Hot Tea Month With “Constant Comment” Tea

Ahhh……January. A time to recuperate from all that holiday cheer, snuggle up, and get warm and cozy with a nice hot cup of Bigelow Tea. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? And guess what? January is extra special because it’s also National Hot Tea Month, which is a pretty big deal at family-owned Bigelow Tea!

Speaking of all things tea, let’s talk about classic “Constant Comment” and how it came to be. Inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, in 1945 Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen with the idea of creating a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with her first cup of specialty tea. Ruth gave the blend to friends who later told her the tea “was a source of constant comment.” Her tea found a name and the Bigelow Tea Company was born. Pretty neat, huh?!

Ruth knew she had created something special, so she took “Constant Comment” to sell in every store she could find. A shopkeeper told Ruth that he opened the container of tea so customers could get a whiff of its incredible aroma and it began flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew! (Hooray!)

“Constant Comment” has stood the test of time and has been one of America’s most beloved specialty teas for over 70 years! Come to think of it, people are still “commenting” with #TeaProudly all over the web! (How’s that for staying power?!) To this day, the secret recipe of black tea, rind of oranges and sweet spice is still blended only by Bigelow Tea Co-Chairs Eunice and David Bigelow.

Whether you like the sweet spice of “Constant Comment” or prefer to sip one of Bigelow Tea’s other 150 flavors, there’s no denying tea is something special that warms the hearts of so many people all over the world. So grab a friend, your favorite mug, some Bigelow Tea and #TeaProudly during National Hot Tea Month! (Woo-hoo!)

Tanya Rad Is, Well, Pretty Darn Rad – And A Bigelow Tea Fan!

 

Music lover. Podcaster. Co-host. Tea drinker. Ladies and gents, if you don’t love her already, you most certainly will after you listen to her show(s)… it’s Tanya Rad! She’s witty, authentic and one rad lady. And, guess what? She’s also a Bigelow Tea drinker – and an awesome partner of ours.

Perhaps you’d recognize her best by her voice. Why? Well, the rad Ms. Rad is all the rage when it comes to the radio (and all things music!). As the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show, “On Air With Ryan” on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles’ Hit Music radio station, she’s up bright and early (from 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.) to bring the people of Los Angeles and those tuned in worldwide one heck of a good time. And, if you love her there, you’ll be thrilled to hear that she hosts an awesome podcast called “Tea Time with Tanya,” where she interviews musicians like Astrid S (pictured with Tanya Rad). 

What can you expect to hear over Tanya’s teacups? Well, in a lot of ways, the same stuff you’d expect to hear when catching up with a good friend over a cup of Bigelow Tea. She talks about relationships – right and wrong – with Sabrina Carpenter. Tanya and Lauv discuss turning your mess into your message, because who doesn’t love a pep talk over tea? And she doles out advice to her younger self with Miley Cyrus. You won’t want to miss these episodes – or any others!

Even if it’s after 10 a.m. where you are, it’s a perfect time to raise a cup to Tanya and her multitasking, music-mastering, celebrity chatting style – and she knows #TeaProudly! Well-worthy of “Constant Comment” (obviously the tea, but also the attention!), this is one DJ you’ll want to tune into –chances are, she’ll be your cup of tea, too. Enjoy!

Let’s Do This! 2018 New Year, New You Stick-To-It Goals!

We all begin a new year with lots of earnest resolutions, but reality is, too often and too easily, they fizzle out by months end. We have a good feeling about 2018 though and know this is the year they’ll stick, this month and beyond!

Truth is, do-good, feel-good must-do’s should be daily goal.  It’s vital to put into action those things that nurture, sustain and improve us throughout the year.

The Bigelow family and the passionate tea drinkers in our #TeaProudly community know a thing or two about doing the right thing, mind body and soul wise.  Here are some ideas shared, discussed and now offered for inspiration on the road to a new year, new you, Bigelow style…

Tip #1 – Take Time to Tea – 

It’s too easy to get caught up in the rush of daily life and neglect the real need for R&R.  Why not plan a daily break with a soothing cup of Bigelow tea to relax, replenish and recharge for whatever comes next.

Tip #2 – Make That Connection – 

Keeping up with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and the like takes effort. Make sure you do it though as these connections to your past, present and community are important and beneficial for both yourself and the people you touch.

Tip #3  – Shake it Up! – 

While the tried and true is comfortable, why not make 2018 the year to shake things up a bit!  Plan an exotic vaca, take a different route to work, sample a new cuisine, add new tea flavors to your routine… may we suggest good for you Jasmine Green Tea, the exotic Rooibos Hibiscus Tea or explore all these flavor options. A bit of different makes for a big impact.

Tip #4 – Giving Goals – 

Volunteering and contributing to a community is always necessary and can be achieved, no matter how busy we are.   Whether a business or an individual, every effort counts!

Tip #5 – Nix a Caffeine Fix – 

We all pine for a little morning or mid-afternoon pick me up, but resolve a little less reliance on the java for a health perk. Turn to black or Oolong teas for a boost without the jitters. According to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee.

Tip #6 – Learning: 2018 – 

Learning is fundamental, and a key to continued success.  Why not take time often to keep motivated and driven in your career and life by committing to expanding your mind. Find time to learn while on the road, while exercising, waiting for an appointment, etc with books on tape, podcasts and articles on great business stories, like that of Bigelow Tea’s beginnings!

Tip #7 – Move it, Move it! – 

Exercise need not be intense to achieve mind and body results. Make moving and moving often a daily priority. Walk instead of drive, stand instead of sit, stretch instead lounge… every movement counts!

Tip #8 – Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat! –

Ditch the diet this new year and resolve to have a better relationship with food for Instagram ready results come Spring.  A cleaner, healthier diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins is a year round strategy that yields the best outcome. Be diligent, but also plan to enjoy the occasional, special occasion treat, like these desserts made better with fresh, Bigelow tea flavors!

Share your tips and tag with #TeaProudly so we can all start the year right.  Cheers to 2018 and making it the best ever!!

2018 Is Perfect in Purple – And So Is Bigelow Tea!

Oh, hey, purple. You’re not only gorgeous, you’re the color of inspiration for several Bigelow Tea flavors. And, get ready… you’re also the color of 2018! Heck yes.

Many of you creative types out there know that Pantone, a longstanding provider of color matching technology, chooses a color each year that serves as an expression of the mood and attitude of today’s culture. This color selection is anxiously awaited by artists, graphic designers, printmakers and others. And the #TeaProudly movement wants to know, too. Because it’s all about being stylish yet timeless with your cup of tea.

So, drumroll please………the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year is 18-3838 Ultra Violet! An intense purple shade, Ultra Violet articulates innovation, imagination, and visionary thinking, and this nuanced shade of purple is full of emotion. Its distinctive brilliance symbolizes experimentation, pushing boundaries and leaving a unique impact on the world through creative expression. (Time to get out that paintbrush or pen and paper — go ahead, express yourself!)

Though you may not think about it very often, color is an important element of your environment and affects everyday life. According to Psychology Today, different colors have different effects on your mood and emotions—some are energizing, others are calming and some can even make a room feel warmer or cooler.  Plus, some of our favorite blends come in violet packaging, in particular our Bigelow Darjeeling Tea. This elegant tea is grown high in the remote Himalayan foothills, a part of the world where the wide-open night sky meets the mountains. (Wow!) And Darjeeling’s not alone. Fragrant, flavorful Bigelow Benefits Chamomile and Lavender herbal tea can help you relax and clear your mind before or after meditation, yoga or some creative endeavor.

So grab a mug, your favorite Bigelow Tea, and take a moment to reflect on how Ultra Violet and other shades of purple fit into your life. Feel free to share your journey of personal discovery and #TeaProudly!

Some Like It Hot – Hot Bigelow Tea During Hot Tea Month, That Is!

Brrr… it’s cold out there! All the more reason to cozy up inside – light a fire, cuddle up and drink some hot Bigelow Tea! And, hey! Look at that! It’s Hot Tea Month… an even better reason! If you’re wondering how best to celebrate this – ahem, *very* important month – sharing a cup of Bigelow Tea with your favorite people is a great way to start. National Hot Tea Month is a great excuse to sip more tea and enjoy it over good conversation. Or, if you’re not an avid tea drinker (and by avid, we mean many cups, every day), now’s the perfect time to begin a new, delicious habit – daily cups of tea! Annnd, if you needed one more reason to drink mugs and mugs of tea this January (and every other month of the year), we’ll do one better – we’ll give you five!

Five reasons why tea is awesome:

  1. It tastes fabulous. And we promise that every cup of Bigelow Tea you drink will be made with only the finest ingredients.
  2. Tea is the perfect conversation-starter. Ever say to someone, “Let me put the kettle on and let’s talk?” Sharing a cup of tea is a wonderful—and easy—way to get something off your chest, catch up or simply talk about your day.
  3. Tea is warm and cozy—it soothes souls, connects people, is relaxing, invites conversations and makes memories. In life, it doesn’t get much better than that.
  4. Tea is EVERYWHERE. In the U.S. alone, millions of us share a love for tea. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  5. Let’s get this party started! No longer the exclusive property of ladies in gloves and big hats, tea parties can be fun and even cool. Are you ready to get your tea party on?

The new year is here and it’s a perfect time to start some new tea-inspired traditions. It’ll warm you up, help calm you down, and a pot of tea is the best way to bring people together. And that’s something we can all use, instead of being focused on our phones and buried in blogs, right? Well, maybe there’s one exception there – you can always #TeaProudly right here! Cheers!