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Bigelow Tea Has Its Eyes on Healthy Vision Month

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Our eyes do a lot of work, so Bigelow Tea wants to make sure their care is kept in sight. May is Healthy Vision Month, and it’s important to make our vision a top health priority. Now, let’s see to it!

According to the National Eye Institute, millions of people have problems with their sight every year. The Institute clearly emphasizes one important measure to take: schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam where an eye-care professional can check for vision problems and diseases. Early detection and treatment can help you to know if you’re seeing your best.

Here are some other visual reminders:

Learn your family’s medical history. Have conversations with relatives about their eye health history. With many diseases or conditions being hereditary, it’s best to know if any of our loved ones have been diagnosed.

Watch what you eat. Many people know that carrots are good for your eyes, but the best thing to do is eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Look for dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and add fish to your diet, as research suggests omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna and halibut may also be beneficial.

Give your eyes a rest. Eyes need a break from hours spent staring at screens. Reduce eye strain with the 20-20-20 Rule: every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. And why not turn this break time into a Bigelow Tea moment? Our Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus tea is perfect and also includes Vitamins A and C.

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Wear protective eyewear. Wearing sunglasses safeguards your eyes from the sun’s bright rays. Find a pair that blocks 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Also, when playing sports or working with tools, put on a pair of safety glasses or goggles beforehand.

Let’s all become better pupils at caring for our eyes!

First top image by Army Medicine via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Composting As A Natural Part Of Sustainabili-TEA!

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It’s Learn About Composting Day—a perfect opportunity to dig into the facts about this remarkable natural process that turns food scraps, yard waste and other organic material into the perfect fertilizer! This day of recognition resonated with us here at Bigelow Tea because we’re big believers in composting—a key component of our sustainabili-TEA efforts. In fact, we are composting 12 tons per year at our Fairfield, CT employee cafeteria!

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What is composting? Simply put, it’s the natural decomposition process that breaks down organic matter, aided by bacteria, worms, heat and water over a period of time. It’s nature’s way of recycling! One of the things we’ve learned is that composting is practical as well as environmentally responsible. In addition to limiting the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, composting yard waste and food scraps creates the nutrient-rich, organic material needed to control weeds in the garden and help your flowers, plants and vegetables to thrive. So you can save money on both waste removal and fertilizer.

Now that spring is here, it’s tempting to get outside, clean up and have your yard waste carted away.  Compost veterans say the yard is actually the easiest place to start composting. All you need to do is rake plant debris into a pile. But since the decaying process can take up to a year, many gardeners choose to speed things up by turning the pile regularly to boost air and bacteria circulation. Another option is to use a composting bin or tumbler for both yard and kitchen waste – alternately layering brown and green waste.

No matter which composting strategy you pick or what you decide to add to your pile—even used Bigelow Tea bags can be composted!—you can feel good knowing you are helping the environment follow its natural course!

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Don’t Miss The Bigelow Tea May Sweepstakes And Your Chance To Win!

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Time is running out on our May sweepstakes and your chance to win an Organic Tea Spa Basket from Bigelow Tea! Be sure to enter by May 31 and you could be one of the three lucky winners of this super-luxurious goody basket assembled with moms in mind. Although Mother’s Day is over, our spa basket is sure to make recipients feel like every day is Mother’s Day!

We hope every mom out there enjoyed a well-deserved day of rest and relaxation on the 12th. The Organic Tea Spa Basket will help you keep that special feeling for a very long time! Each well-stocked basket contains the following:

  • Tea-infused 6-oz glycerin hand therapy
  • 8-oz body silk lotion
  • 8-oz shower gel, plus moisturizing balm
  • Travel-size hand cream
  • 2-in unscented candle
  • 2, 3-oz jars all-natural Savannah Bee Tea Honey
  • 2 clover honey spoons
  • 6 blends of Bigelow Organic Tea Flavors, 48 tea bags in all

To enter by May 31st, “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Stay tuned to our Bigelow Tea blog to see if your name is on the winners’ list! Good luck … and enter today!

 

Bigelow Tea Salutes Those Who Have Served

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Bigelow Tea appreciates all that the Memorial Day holiday represents: honoring those who have served our country loyally and who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our freedom. We join with all Americans today as we celebrate the dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces, with reflection and deep thanks.

It was in the spirit of recognizing this service that Bigelow Tea proudly introduced the Tea for the Troops program nearly four years ago. We use only our American Classic Tea, grown 100% on American soil at our Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. We package it into a specially designed box and send it to the troops, all as our way of thanking them and bringing a little bit of “home” to those serving overseas. We know that our Tea for the Troops program has made an impact for many; we have received wonderful feedback from men and women in uniform, letting us know that they appreciate our efforts to say “thanks for your service!”

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The President of Bigelow Tea Cindi Bigelow knows about the power of tea. She calls the Tea for the Troops program “…our version of a thank you card … one of my greatest joys at Bigelow Tea is the work we can do to try to make a difference.” We are all proud to show our thanks with our Memorial Day message of gratitude and thanks.  As you take part in the traditional promise of the day  and kicking off summertime with parades, picnics and barbecues, please take some time to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have bravery served, and all that we owe them!

Image by eddiecoyote via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Is Smiling During National Smile Month

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At Bigelow Tea we are grinning from ear to ear during National Smile Month. We couldn’t be happier to tell you that smiles can make you happy!

Yes, smiling begets more smiling, and it has been shown that when you smile more, you are happier.  Some recent studies have suggested that our emotions are reinforced—maybe even determined—by their equivalent facial expressions. That happens to us all the time: drinking our tea puts a smile on our face and instantly we feel happy and content. Or maybe it’s the other way around, indulging in our favorite tea flavors make us cheery, and then we smile more. Whichever the case, we are beaming with joy just because of our tea!

On top of that happy news, green tea studies have shown that drinking tea may be one of the best (and simplest) things you can do to protect your teeth!  Tea is a natural source of fluoride, which is known to protect against tooth decay. In addition, Green tea has been shown via many studies to inhibit the growth of many of the bacteria that cause bad breath. A double bonus when we flash our pearly whites!

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So, whether you grab a delicate cup of Green Tea or a fabulous, hearty Black Tea like our aristocratic Earl Grey, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. It will put a stunning smile on your face and just might elevate your mood. We couldn’t ask for much more from a little cup of tea!

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Bigelow Tea Laps Up Drink Water Week

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with the warmer weather comes a need for ample hydration for our bodies. During the week of May 20-26, Bigelow Tea will be celebrating Drink Water Week. “Water?” you ask… not tea?

Well, of course, tea is made with water … so what’s not to love? Water is one of our most precious resources. It’s what makes Earth different from any other planet, and as humans we are made up of 60% water. We couldn’t live without it. In fact, we need plenty of water each day just to nourish our bodies. If you find drinking glass after glass of water monotonous, we have great news: other beverage intake—including tea!—can count towards your daily requirements.

Fresh brewed iced tea is fantastic way to hydrate and cool down, and a marvelous flavored alternative to sugary drinks. And with so many varieties of Bigelow Tea, you can have any type or flavor you choose … and even mix and match your own! How about a lovely Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz iced tea blend to refresh you throughout the day!

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The summer months are fast approaching, and

So yes, we are definitely observing Drink Water Week. Boil some right now and enjoy that cup of tea or a tall glass of iced tea! Refreshing isn’t it?

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7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval Provides A Day Of Fun And Bigelow Tea!

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It’s almost here! The Charleston Tea Plantation and radio station 105.5 The Bridge proudly present the 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval, a fantastic tea happening taking place on Saturday May 18thBigelow Tea encourages you to join us on Wadmalaw Island at our Charleston Tea Plantation, a tea-lovers paradise and the location of this annual event, which celebrates the first harvest of the year’s tea plants. There will be top-notch entertainment, food vendors, kid’s areas … and plenty of our delicious American Classic Tea! It’s no wonder that the First Flush FesTEAval was named one of the top 100 events in North America!

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America’s Tea Garden is the perfect place for a spring event and of course celebrating our American Classic Teas. It’s TEA-licious! Prepare yourself for an outstanding entertainment lineup too, highlighted by Old Crow Medicine Show, a nationally renowned group of musicians! Other acts on our two busy stages will include The Luke Cunningham Band, Gaslight Street, Quincy Mumford, Sun Dried Vibes, Southwood, Tyler Boone and Stop Light Observations. Many more acts are still to be announced, and there’s even a surprise guest scheduled to appear—all part of the fun and excitement of the day!

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Tickets are available now at Ticketfly.com and the Music Farm Box Office. Check out all of the details about this year’s event. Gates open at 1:00pm and the stage entertainment begins at 2:00pm We’ll see you there!

 

Bigelow Tea Supports The Imus Ranch For Kids With Cancer

 

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The Imus Ranch, founded in 1998 by Don and Deirdre Imus, is a unique organization that provides kids with cancer, and other serious illnesses, the opportunity to have fun again and regain their perspective.  More than just a respite, it instills pride, restores dignity, a sense of achievement and self-esteem through a real life “cowboy experience.”

Bigelow Tea has been a proud supporter of the Imus Ranch Radiothon, the ranch’s annual fund raiser, for each of the past 15 years.

“It’s always great spending time with Don and Dierdre Imus on the Radiothon,” says Cindi Bigelow. “I love the event because of all the amazing stories about these kids and their experiences on the ranch. They are doing some fine work.  Bigelow Tea is glad to be a part of it!”

To watch today’s segment of the Imus Radiothon which includes Cindi Bigelow pictured above, visit here and click on “Cindi Bigelow on Support for Imus Ranch.”

 

 

 

 

During Family Wellness Month, Bigelow Tea Gets Moving

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Families often lead scheduled lives. So, during Family Wellness MonthBigelow Tea promotes engaging a specific form of motion with our loved ones: exercise! Studies indicate that children are more likely to be physically active if their parents are. Plus, it’s recommended that youngsters get 60 minutes of active play everyday. Get started with these fun fitness tips:

Make chores challenging. Chores can be dull, so turn them into a friendly competition.  Have the whole family pitch in with tasks like vacuuming, lawn care, washing the car or room cleaning. Reward efforts with a movie or a dinner at a favorite (yet healthy) restaurant.

Pick up a pedometer. Children of all ages have gadgets, so they’ll love this idea: buy pedometers for yourself and your relatives. Start a group challenge to see who can lead with the most weekly steps. Tally up the results or even set a team goal for the whole family to contribute their results.

Add in some variety. Mixing up exercise routines can help keep interest levels up. Try out seasonal activities like summer swimming or winter skiing, or year-round fun like bowling or hiking. Change up your location by going to different places to exercise or exploring local parks.

Cooking together is another group activity, and having regular family dinners promotes better eating habits. Assign simple tasks to younger cooks like whipping up our Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette, flavored with our Wild Blueberry Acai Tea, to go on a nice salad. Or, for any indoor or outdoor occasion, create a batch of iced tea with one of our Bigelow Tea recipes.

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Exercise and eating together are great ways for families to bond and adopt healthier habits. No matter what you do together as a family, get healthy in Family Wellness Month!

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Bigelow Tea Makes It Easy To Be Gluten Free For Celiac Disease Awareness Month

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May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, an important time to educate the public about an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 3 million Americans who are unable to digest gluten. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness believes 95 percent of celiac sufferers remain undiagnosed.  The good news is that many people with celiac disease—and those found to have gluten sensitivity—are finding that following a gluten-free diet is not nearly as difficult as it once was. Here at Bigelow Tea, we’re happy to see so many gluten-free products on grocery store shelves and want to assure you that all of our current teas are formulated to be gluten free!

We also have an extensive and ever-growing archive of gluten-free recipes that get a major flavor boost from several Bigelow Tea varieties. Try Chamomile Braised Chicken made with our Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea for dinner tonight! Yum!

Eating in restaurants poses additional challenges for anyone trying to avoid gluten. Alice Bast, founder of NFCA, offers several tips for eating out and informing your servers. For instance, some chefs may not realize that a pot used for boiling regular pasta should not be used to boil gluten-free pasta.

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And, of course, it’s a good idea to bring along your favorite individually wrapped Bigelow Teas when dining out. Right now, with spring in the air, we’re craving fruit-infused teas, which are so refreshing after a meal. Green Tea with Mango or I Love Lemon Herb Tea would make the perfect gluten-free finale!

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