Bigelow Tea on YouTube Subscribe Follow Me on Pinterest Follow Us on Instagram

Bigelow Tea and Cindi Bigelow in The Wag!

It is always great to see Bigelow Tea recognized in the press, but we were particularly pleased by this lovely profile of our own Cindi Bigelow in the latest edition of The Wag magazine! It truly captures the essence of both the woman and the company she views as part of her extended family.

And we were tickled by the article’s opening sentence: “If Cindi Bigelow were a kind of tea, she’d be the perfect blend of strong and soothing flavors.” We couldn’t agree more with that assessment!

Bigelow Tea, as you know, was formed more than 65 years ago by Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Cindi’s paternal grandmother,  and has grown into America’s number one producer of specialty teas!  Delicious and distinctive flavors that speak to the personali-TEA’s of all our valued Bigelow Tea customers!

Special thanks to everyone at The Wag for making our day!

Chill Out With Bigelow Tea This June for National Iced Tea Month!

There’s no better way to usher in the summertime than by celebrating the most popular drink in America – iced tea!  And, since June is National Iced Tea MonthBigelow Tea is eager to share some refreshing and flavorful  iced tea recipes with you! Our ideas run the gamut from pure and simple fresh brewed iced tea,Bigelow® frozen iced tea, and even iced tea cubes, to the three very unique, thirst-quenching concoctions, below.  Have fun experimenting with these wonderful flavors of summer!

Peach Chai Iced Tea

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Place 1½ cups boiling water over tea bags in a 4-cup glass measuring cup.  Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, let the concentrated tea cool.
  • Pour concentrate into a 3-quart pitcher. Add the cold water and stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 Pomegranate Pizzazz and 1 Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus tea bags; steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste, if so desired.

Constant Comment® and Plantation Mint® Iced Tea

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Bring 1 quart water to a boil, add 2 “Constant Comment”® tea bags and 1 Plantation Mint® tea bag; steep 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher; refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste.

Image by H. Scott Hoffman via News-record.com

Bigelow Tea Serves Up Some Great Gluten-free Game!

When tennis pro Novak Djokovic discovered that he was allergic to gluten, he made the switch to a gluten-free diet and experienced something unexpected – his tennis game completely changed!  Without a moment’s hesitation, the 24 year old Serbian tennis player said goodbye to his favorite comfort foods like pizza, French bread, pretzels, pasta and beer. Now he attributes his recent weight loss and muscle strength – as well as a noticeable increase in energy and focus – to this radical change in his diet.  Thanks to detecting his intolerance to gluten – a protein composite found in grass-like grains wheat, barley, rye, and spelt – this tennis pro was able to press a virtual internal “reset” button!

And, as for his fans – they’re stunned by his transformation on court.  It’s been said that Djokovics’ once sloppy serve is now “precise, fluid and, at times, devastating!” His forehand and backhand also seem to have done a 180° turn, now being described as “hitting winners that seem to subscribe to undiscovered laws of physics…”[!]

We wrote that May, Gluten Free Awareness Month, was a great opportunity for people with gluten intolerance to carefully assess their food product sources and packaging.  It’s a full time job, and whether experiencing a simple allergy or suffering from Celiac disease, consumers can always look for products that have been certified “Gluten-free” which will bear this certification label:

With few exceptions, Bigelow® teas are naturally Gluten-free. To assist anyone with sensitivity to Gluten, Bigelow Tea clearly indicates “Gluten Free” or “Not Gluten Free” next to the ingredient statements on our website. In addition, we’ve put together quite a few sweet and savory Gluten-free recipes* for every palate, along with all of our outstanding teas. So do have a look-see!

*Note: The recipes designated Gluten free do not include the following ingrediets:  wheat, rye, barley, or oats; or ingredients that might contain these, but Bigelow Tea does not assume liability for information reported on our recipes.  However, anyone who needs or wants to follow a gluten free (GF) diet should check ingredients and products to ensure they are GF (for example, sesame seeds are naturally GF, but it’s always wise to check with the manufacturer to make sure that gluten was not introduced to the product during processing). Bigelow Tea makes no guarantees that the recipes are appropriate for your diet.  Individuals should consult with their physician or other medical professional.

Images via Online.wsj.com and Gluten.net

Surprise Dad with a Gift of Tea This Father’s Day

Many dads, it seems, are easygoing about Father’s Day. They really don’t expect to be showered with the type of lavish gifts we tend to bestow on moms for Mother’s Day, at least according to a National Geographic report that examined attitudes about the two holidays. At Bigelow Tea, we find this laid-back quality endearing—and all the more reason to surprise Dad with something special this June 19th!

After all, if we’re lucky enough to have fathers in our lives, it’s important to take the opportunity to show our appreciation for all they do in caring for and supporting us throughout childhood and into our adult years. And once again, we also pause to recognize the many fathers in the armed services who are unable to celebrate Father’s Day at home with their families. Bigelow Tea salutes them with Tea for the Troops – made in America at our own Charleston Tea Plantation! It’s our own way of honoring their sacrifice.

As all wise dads know, you needn’t spend oodles of money to show you care. Cards are a popular choice on Father’s Day, especially if the sentiment expressed hits just the right note. For a change of pace, consider a e-cards, which range from silly to heartwarming. Dad will appreciate that no trees were harmed to send it! Personalize your present even more with a gift from Bigelow Tea! We have a few fantastic ideas to get you started:

For dads on the run:

 

On-the-Go Green Loose Tea Gift

 

For sporty dads:

Gretzky Green Tea Gift

For classic dads:

Classic Tea Chest

We’re sure you can find just the right gift of tea for your dad. Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Bigelow Tea!

Photo by paulhami, via Flickr.com

 

Bigelow Tea Cools Off with Green Tea Cooling Mist for National Sun Safety Week!


The summer months are here and it’s time to have some fun in the beautiful sunny weather (preferably with a nice cold Bigelow Tea Iced Tea)! But summertime also brings sunburns and skin damage if you’re not careful. So during National Sun Safety week, June 5-11, Bigelow Tea is thinking about protecting and pampering your summertime skin!

It all starts with sunscreen. Lotions and creams are the simplest options; chose one with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply sunscreen half an hour prior to sun exposure (so before you leave for the pool, not afteryou get there). Reapply every 60 minutes, particularly if you’re swimming or sweating. Sunscreens have a range of ingredients, and physical blockers like titanium dioxide offer the best protection. Sun screen sprays are convenient to touch up during the day, but lotions provide the best base.

For a real skin treat to keep cool in the summer sun, try our DIY cooling mist, made with fresh-brewed Bigelow Green Tea—an ecologically friendly way to tone skin and counteract sun damage! Make it at home for just pennies:

Steep Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea in just-about-to-boil water for 2 minutes; cool; pour into  to a spray bottle; add plenty of ice, and spritz on body.

Some studies say that the natural antioxidants (present in Bigelow Tea), when applied to the skin, can help prevent and even reverse troublesome skin conditions!

More? For extra layers of protection, clothing and accessories designed to offer additional SPF can help, but don’t assume that your basic tee will get between you and the sun. Instead, opt for specialty pieces designed to block those rays, particularly for sports or outdoor activities.

So, cover up and enjoy your time this summer … and don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and Bigelow Tea!

Image by Averain, via flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Works Hard for Habitat for Humanity

Spent the day at Habitat for Humanity headquarters – wow what a team I have! We just kicked butt together.  We built all the interior walls of a new home  (yes 36 of them) from 8 till 1 – way surpassing their expectations of what we could have gotten done.  Then we started on the exterior walls for another home and they ran out of wood!

This says tons about my team-they just do! They work hard, don’t complain, and want to make a difference in this world.

What a great day….I cannot lie I left my team early (around 2) to watch my son’s tennis tournament, but I was only a small piece of this puzzle anyway.  Love these people…hard workers, no frills, just doing what has to be done! Super job team, delighted to be a part of it!  AND PS Habitat for Humanity is the most beautiful organization.  The good work being done is immeasurable!

Cindi Bigelow

Bigelow Tea Packaging Makes Storage a Cinch!

Among the many things to love about our Bigelow Tea varieties—in addition to the great taste and reported health benefits—are their freshness and full-bodied tea flavor! That’s why we put as much effort into making our packaging as we do our teas, ensuring that every cup you brew will be perfect. No need to purchase special containers for storing your Bigelow Teas!

That said, it’s helpful to understand the principles behind the packaging. It is the prolonged exposure to air, light and moisture that will diminish the potency of your tea and flavorings. So each Bigelow tea bag is individually wrapped in a foil pouch to seal in all the wonderful flavor and freshness. The tea bags themselves are of the highest quality—rated a 10 on a 1-10 scale for ability to maintain freshness. And our amazing loose teas come in special tins that protect the delicate tea leaves and flavorings. Either way, when you tear open a pouch or pop the lid, you get a burst of intense tea aroma that you know will create a deeply flavorful cup of tea!

Of course, the quality of the tea going into our bags and tins is just as important. Check out this video, where Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow demonstrates how you can actually see the difference between our teas and those of lesser quality. You’ll be amazed:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-T2XsjMNmc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Storage? No problem! Simply place the box of Bigelow Tea foil pouches or tin of loose tea in a cupboard away from heat and light. And never put tea in the refrigerator or freezer. The most important thing though, is to make sure that wherever you store your tea, it’s within easy reach so you can brew up a delicious cup anytime!

Fresh Breath: Bigelow Tea Drinkers Can Close-Talk with Confidence!

There are so many things we at  Bigelow Tea love about drinking our favorite beverage … and now fresh breath can be added to the list! Turns out that the polyphenols that are present in green tea, temporarily decrease sulfur compounds—nasty things that lead to bad breath in the mouth. Real Simple magazine recently published this information and pictured a Bigelow Green Tea bag alongside the fresh and exciting news!

In addition, the article also touted the breath-freshening benefits of mint tea. “Mint tea,” it states, “has powerful anti-odor benefits as well, and has been shown to be especially good at neutralizing garlic oils.” So instead of reaching for the gum after your garlicky pasta dinner, sip a little mint tea for the same effect! For maximum results, why not try our Green Tea with Mint?!

One interesting factor to note if you’re drinking tea for oral hygiene and fresh breath: don’t add milk or sugar. Apparently, these will actually increase the bacteria you’re trying to reduce.

Now, when you’re enjoying a cup of green tea after a meal, you can feel even more relaxed and confident … knowing that when you greet your next visitor, your breath will be as inviting as your smile!

Image by thehalfblood prince, via Flickr.com

Color, Flavor and Bigelow Tea for Fruit & Vegetable Month!

Peel an orange or bite into a cherry tomato to celebrate National Fruit and Vegetable Month! For many people, June is the beginning of the serious gardening season. The first fruits, such as strawberries, make an appearance and veggies like tender lettuces start sprouting. There’s quite simply no better time of year to celebrate nature’s bounty!

Not only do fruits and vegetables color our plates and taste terrific, but they contain essential nutrients that can lead to better health. Bigelow Tea definitely has a soft spot for herbs and fruits. In fact, many of our teas contain flowers (like chamomile), herbs (like mint) and fruit (like raspberrypomegranateblueberry and more)! In addition, tea in general is full of antioxidants, which are reported to have myriad health benefits.

As you grocery shop this month, try to fill your cart with melons, greens, berries and other fresh fruits and vegetables … and, while you’re at it, toss a little Bigelow Tea into the carriage too. We hope you have a healthy, tasty and colorful month as you enjoy your fruits and vegetables!

Image by muammerokumus, via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Rings In Summer with Memorial Day


Spring is in full swing, and summer is nearly upon us. Here at Bigelow Tea we know that summer doesn’t commence properly without first recognizing Memorial Day, honoring those who have served in the armed forces, and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As the unofficial start to the summer, Americans celebrate these dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces on Memorial Day with traditional warm-weather pastimes like parades, barbecues, and special time with family.

In 2009, the spirit of recognizing the brave men and women who help protect our country, Bigelow Tea proudly introduced our Tea for the Troops program. Our American Classic Tea (grown on American soil, at our Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina) is specially packaged and shipped to American soldiers hard at work overseas. To learn more about this program, please join us on Facebook where we featured up to date photos and letters from our troops.

On Memorial Day 2011, Bigelow Tea would like to once again extend our sincerest gratitude to all the service men and women stationed domestically and overseas. We are infinitely pleased that our teas have brought some measure of enjoyment to the soldiers who defend our freedoms and keep our country safe. Therefore, we encourage our fellow Americans to reflect—over a delicious cup of tea, of course— on the sacrifices of those have served, and those who serve now. A safe Memorial Day weekend to all!

Image via The National Guard