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Relax With Bigelow Tea for Stress Awareness Month

Bigelow Tea and tea-drinkers worldwide have long known the calming effects of a delicious cup of green tea. With April being Stress Awareness Month, it’s a perfect moment to focus on stress management and finding healthy ways to survive the daily grind. This is one of those times that Bigelow Tea really makes a difference … by easing the stress of your busy life with a favorite cup, and even better, with a friendly conversation!

We’re all familiar with the impacts of stress and its potentially harmful effects. In fact, some identify stress as America’s number one health problem. Stress can lead to an overall loss of well-being, weaken our immune system and can cause depression, according to the National Heart Association. We’ve talked often at Bigelow Tea about benefits of the properties found in tea, including the stress-relieving support of L-Theanine, an amino acid ample in green tea.

L-Theanine can make us feel relaxed by stimulating alpha brain waves and creating a sense of relaxation with alertness, without undesirable side effects such as drowsiness. Well, perhaps it’s best to leave the science of it all to the experts. But if enjoying a delicious cup of a favorite Bigelow Tea supports a positive response to stressful days, then so be it!

There seems to be no shortage of stressors these days, and there are many ways to manage them, including sewing, playing music, or taking to the great outdoors.  Add to that the perfectly natural and calming effects of a cup of Bigelow Tea, and you have a recipe for decreased stress. So, whether it’s National Stress Awareness Month or any day of the year, you can raise a cup of tea to help de-stress your day!

Photo by visualpanic via flickr

Join Bigelow Tea by Honoring Administrative Professionals!

Every office has them: essential frontline workers who keep the business on track because of their efficiency—but can at times be taken for granted. They are multitasking admins, also known as secretaries, administrative assistants or office managers. Although the title and tasks have evolved, Administrative Professionals Week (April 24-30) endures as a time-honored tradition that began in 1952 as “Professional Secretaries Week.”

It’s great to see that this year’s event has been expanded to recognize all office workers, many of whom are pulling together and working harder than ever in a challenging economy. At Bigelow Tea, we heartily endorse this change, since we believe in celebrating the wonderful employees who are all part of our extended family! We couldn’t bring you our delicious teas without them. So we hope you’ll join us by honoring the contributions of key team members in your own workplace!

Capresso Perfect Tea Cordless Water Kettle

Ah, but what’s the best way to show appreciation? Bosses take note: flowers might not be the best choice. According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, admins would much prefer opportunities for growth and learning, such as tuition reimbursement or membership in a professional organization. Or how about a monetary bonus for exemplary performance? For more ideas, check out these written resources and admin-oriented websites.

Whatever route you take, we can’t think of a better way to enhance your “thank you” than with tea! Bigelow Tea has so many ways to customize your gift. A teapot is a lovely way to go, and we have one for every personality.  Another fun option is the beautifully packaged K-Cup Tea Garden—a “bouquet” of Bigelow Tea flavors ready for use in any K-cup home brewing machine.

K-Cup Tea Garden

And while you’re at it, make sure that you rate as a great boss, which will undoubtedly sweeten any gift!

Photo by Marco Cristofori via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Likes that Sustainable-Food Expert Michael Pollan Drinks a Cup Every Morning!

You know that here at Bigelow Tea we make many great-tasting teas, and you also know that we’re dedicated to sustainabili-TEA (doing right by the environment, the community and our employees). That’s why we were excited to learn that noted sustainable-food expert Michael Pollan is a tea lover!

Mr. Pollan, who is featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film Food, Inc. and is the author of several best-selling books, was the subject of a New York Magazine profile, and not surprisingly, he enjoyed a soothing cup of green tea while chatting over a sushi lunch.

But tea is not only an afternoon indulgence for Mr. Pollan, it’s a part of his most important meal of the day: “I have tea in the morning; any one of a couple different black teas.”

Bigelow Tea offers so many delicious green and black teas with such a wide variety of flavors, that Mr. Pollan’s affinity for making tea a regular part of his diet will never grow old if he drinks Bigelow Tea. Morning, noon and night, no matter the time of day, tea is a delicious addition to the daily routine. And with our commitment to sustainabili-TEA, our teas are comprehensively beneficial—from the environment that produces them to the drinkers who consume them.

We’re beginning to wonder if there’s anything tea can’t do: It’s delicious and cool and is a beverage of choice for one of America’s leading sustainability experts. What’s not to love?

Photo by Melissa Hom via New York Magazine

Bigelow Tea Looks At Drinking Tea, Mindfully

“When drinking tea, just drink tea,” the Zen teaching recommends. It’s a simple bit of spiritual wisdom that means: honor the present by being present . . . by being focused on the act itself and your immediate surroundings.

So how can a person begin to practice mindfulness in an everyday activity? For your Bigelow Tea-time routine, it could begin with the preparation of the tea itself. Of course, here at Bigelow Tea, we know a little bit about that. Mindfulness might encourage us to reflect on the tea we use: organiccaffeine-freelemon or mint-flavored. And what do we add to it? Sugar, honey, a particular kind of milk? Do we sip the tea mindfully, taking the time to sense the warmth of the tea on our tongue, its sweetness, its taste?

Do we allow ourselves a quiet moment to relax, close our eyes and warm our hands around the hot cup of our favorite Bigelow Tea selection . . . or to appreciate the warm and inviting steam as it rises up to our face?

Here’s another well-outlined mindfulness exercise to further enjoy your tea. The basic idea is exactly the same. Try it yourself, and you might be amazed —not only at the wealth of sensory data you’ll capture, but also at the vivid clarity of it all.

With this sustained mindfulness, our relationship to what we see, hear, smell, taste and touch changes. That’s also the wonder and beauty of Bigelow Tea. Indeed, the ability to awaken to the wonders of the moment may be one of tea’s most precious health benefits.  You deserve that wonder of the moment.

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Bigelow Tea Goes Kid Krazy with Yummy FruiTEAs!

Trying to figure out how to get the kids excited about natural dessert treats?  When you plan your next birthday party, have fun and experiment with Bigelow Tea‘s FruiTEA Wigglers.  Kids and adults totally love these fruit-filled gelatin treats! The secret ingredient is, of course, our fruit-flavored herb tea! You can try different flavors and even combine them—you just can’t go wrong with this sweet treat. And, if you want to practice your own Sustainabili-TEA, here are some ideas to make your children’s party eco-friendly.  Above all, have fun with it!

FruiTEA Wigglers

Ingredients:

  • 6 Bigelow® Red Raspberry Herb Tea bags*
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 packet unflavored, unsweetened gelatin (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (or other fresh fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, or diced peaches)
  • 6 small tea cups

Yields: 6  4oz. servings

Instructions:

  • Place teabags in 2 cups boiling water and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes.  Remove tea bags and discard.  Add 2 tablespoons sugar to hot tea, stir to dissolve.
  • Meanwhile, place ¼ cup of cold water in a medium bowl and add the gelatin.  Stir to combine.  Allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  • Add hot, sweetened tea to bowl with gelatin, whisk to combine.
  • Evenly distribute the raspberries (or other fresh fruit of your choice) among the teacups.
  • Divide the gelatin mixture evenly between the teacups.  Carefully place them in the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours, or until set.
  • Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

*Variations: You may substitute any of Bigelow’s fruit-flavored herb teas—such as Perfect Peach, I Love Lemon, or Pomegranate Pizzazz—in this recipe. Also, you can mix equal amounts of different teas: Perfect Peach plus Red Raspberry or I Love Lemon plus Red Raspberry are two delicious combinations.

Photo (top) via Russmarket.com.

Tea for the Sailors

As you may be aware, in 2009 Bigelow Tea proudly created additional packaging for its American Classic Tea, called Tea for the Troops. This tea, made only from tea grown on American soil, is given to the American service people as a thank you in honor of the brave work that they perform on behalf of this country. As the Customer Service Manager for Bigelow Tea, I have the distinct pleasure of coordinating the donation orders and shipments with Bigelow’s Customer Service team and warehouse personnel.

Last year Bigelow expanded the program to include shipping Tea for the Troops to several of the vessels in the United States Navy. We affectionately dubbed these shipments “Tea for the Sailors.”  This has been a tremendously rewarding experience, with Bigelow shipping tea to the men and women aboard 12 Navy vessels. Bigelow Tea been fortunate enough to receive emails and letters of appreciation from many service people, an example of which we would like to share with you.

J David Silva, Sr.

Bigelow Foundation Scholarship Recipients

This past week I had the pleasure of having three Bigelow Foundation scholarship recipients come to Bigelow Tea for a visit.  This year the foundation was able to offer 8 students (2 per class year) at Bridgeport University scholarship money to help them pay for their college tuition.

In the picture are three of the students that came for the visit, Samantha Rodrigues, Nicole Catalan and Colin Capaci.  What terrific young people!

My father and mother wrote a personal note to each student sharing their thoughts on the importance of education.  It was a real pleasure meeting these wonderful Co-eds. So glad we can help them in any way to help them achieve their college education.

Cindi Bigelow

I’m so thankful for the scholarship from the Bigelow Family because I’ve worked so hard in school and this scholarship allowed me to finish this semester and be the first college graduate in my family.

-Samantha Rodrigues

I cannot thank you enough for awarding me your scholarship. Receiving this scholarship means that I can start paying my student loans off and look forward to a brighter future. I am very grateful!

-Nicole Catalan

Bigelow Tea, besides being what I love to drink in the morning, helped me get through college; I am so moved by their generosity.

-Colin Capaci

Kula Shaker Knows Just How Marvelous a Nice Cup of Tea Can Be!

“Tea is a marvelous drink,
Everyone loves a nice cup of tea,
It breaks through the barriers of class and status,
From the worker in the factory canteen to Her Majesty the Queen,
Everyone loves a nice cup of tea.”

~Kula Shaker

British psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker is so serious about their love for tea that tea fans around the world could easily adopt the words to the song Drink Tea (for the Love of God!) as their tea-loving mantra. The track features a fantastic tea-drinking message that is worthy of our praise here at Bigelow Tea, and we are certain other tea aficionados would agree—the song says it all!

The single is from the album Strangefolk (2007) and was originally released online with this Beatles inspired video, touting a George-Orwell-style character narrating about the transcendence and solace of tea in a mad world (and mentioning the 62 billion cups of tea drunk in Britain last year….not bad!).

The band’s website mentions that Kula Shaker would have loved for author George Orwell to narrate the prelude to the song. Orwell, perhaps best known for writing the classic Animal Farm, was such an avid tea drinker that he published an article on how to make the perfect cup of tea, A Nice Cup of Tea in 1946.

We at Bigelow Tea happen to think the song’s lyrics and video are the best … well, the best except for actually enjoying a nice cup of Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea Knows that Green is a Very Healthy Color

Maybe it’s more than a little touch of spring fever here at Bigelow Tea, but after trudging through another snow-packed winter, it’s delightful to see so much green everywhere! It’s the daffodils bursting out all over, along with the fresh green shoots of other plants, and the promise of more green foliage to come.

If golf’s your game, it’s nearly time for the 75th Masters Tournament which begins on April 4th when Phil Mikelson, last years winner, will help the new Master’s Champion slip into that iconic bright Green Jacket…unless, of course, Mr. Mikelson repeats. Don’t laugh! That scenario has already occurred, not just once, but four times!

Bigelow Tea is quite partial to any game that begins each round from a tee, so here’s a virtual toast, with fresh-brewed Bigelow Tea green tea in hand, to this year’s talented players.

Many Bigelow Tea fans and families who live outside the Sun Belt have been waiting patiently to hit the links and play those silky greens again. And once they see their golf heroes tackle the ever-challenging emerald splendor that is the legendary Augusta National course – well, let’s just say that won’t need any additional motivation to begin with!

By the way, did you know that Bigelow green tea just might help you out on the greens?

While research is ongoing, recent studies suggests that the antioxidants in green tea may contribute to joint health – certainly important in keeping your swing and grip strong and healthy. Another plus: with less than half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, green tea can help you keep more relaxed, and quietly alert which can only help you out the next time you play another round of golf!

“March to a Different Drummer”

I have to share the most amazing speech I heard this Sunday.  Now I have to tread lightly here as it was a sermon at my church this weekend.  But I have to say, to me this is not a religious issue, it is a “be the best person you can be”  speech. That is why I want to share it with as many people as I can (please click on the audio player below my name to listen to the speech).   It is so moving, so motivational, and in my opinion, something everyone should aspire to work toward.  The theme?  Being good and kind to people that, well frankly, it is hard to be good and kind to.  Now, I know that the presenter, Pastor Alida Ward, knows that achieving perfection in this area is darn near impossible.  But that doesn’t mean we don’t try hard every day.

As she states, it is kind of easy to be nice and helpful to those that are nice and helpful to you.  Where it gets difficult is to keep that same attitude when you are dealing with “less than charitable” behavior.  Believe me, I do not have this down pat, but anyone who knows me, knows that that approach is near and dear to my heart.

And this is not something that I think applies to just my personal life, it applies to our business life as well.  I often have to deal with some pretty “one sided” individuals in my business circle and it is so important to stay open and kind in those settings.  Why? Well maybe it will turn them around maybe it won’t but you can at least hold your head high that you treated them with the utmost of respect.  So I am not sure if you want to take the time to listen to this Sermon by clicking on the player, but I think if you do, it will be very profound.  It really makes you think…and makes you stop and take pause how you treat everyone around you.

I will remember that speech for a very long time, to be honest, I hope I remember it forever.

Cindi Bigelow

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