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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

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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!

Image by normanack via Flickr.com

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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!

 

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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

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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!

 Image via, Flickr

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This Father’s Day, Give Dad a Taste of Bigelow Tea

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Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 16th.  And for a man who does his best for his family, and deserves nothing but the best in return, let’s go beyond neckties. In fact, Bigelow Tea has the perfect gift for all dads who enjoy a fine cup of tea or a sentimental “tea” token of appreciation!

Our “World’s Best Dad Tea Chest with Assorted Caffeine Free Herb Teas” takes this title to another level, tastefully. Priced at $49.95, this beautifully crafted, hinged wooden chest holds 64 tea bags of eight different Bigelow Teas. Inside this chest Dad will find some of his favorites—like Cozy Chamomile—and quite possibly some new tastes he hasn’t tried, such as our delightful Orange & Spice herbal tea.

For first-time fathers or long-time pros, our tea chest is also a personal keepsake. Its burled top and light walnut finish is engraved with lettering that he will treasure for years to come. Plus, Dad can restock his gift box with any Bigelow Tea of his choosing, like maybe Earl Grey or English Teatime.

So, with this great gift on Father’s Day, we raise our cups to all fathers and thank them for all they do every day of the year!

Top image by uzi978 via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Get Creative With Their Favorite Teas!

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We know Bigelow Tea fans are extremely resourceful, especially when it comes to finding imaginative uses for tea! Still, we were bowled over by the enthusiastic response to a question we posed recently on Facebook: “Do you use Bigelow Tea bags for anything other than brewing tea … like composting or cleaning furniture?” So many of you chimed in with awesome tea-inspired ideas that we had to share a few of our favorites here!

Bethany summed up tea’s remarkable versatility with her comment: “All my tea bags get composted when I’m through with them. I’ve also used them for burns or to soothe skin irritation. Tea is a wonderful thing!” We agree, Bethany!

Yes, from the garden, to the kitchen, to your craft center or beauty cabinet, tea has myriad applications. Here’s a sampling from our Facebook chat:

“I put the Earl Grey in shortbread. It’s sooo good.” – Terry

Plantation Mint Tea (after making tea) run under cool water then use as eye compress to relieve morning puffiness.” – Lee

“[I] Use them for staining paper for artwork!” – Caren

“… I used tea also to dye a pillow slip to make it look aged—my son was going as a robber for Halloween and I made the slip into an old style money bag …”  – Becky

“Sunburns and for a quick glow, take a tea bath.” – Alyssa

“Cooled off green tea bags are great to help the cracked skin around your fingernails from dryness … and also as a compress on your eyes … and also for itchy rashes! I have tried all and it works!! Love my Green Tea!” – Bernice

Thanks to all who shared … and we must offer one more from Stephen, who recommends composting your tea bag “but only after steeping the tasty goodness into water!” Absolutely!

 

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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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Bigelow Tea Looks At National BBQ Month

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May is National BBQ Month, the opening salvo to the highly anticipated summer grilling season! Bigelow Tea and millions of home BBQ enthusiasts love BBQ, and it runs deep in our history.

BBQ seems to represent something fundamental for us; not only mouthwatering specialties but the gathering of friends and family on the patio, at the big game or at the family picnic. From Carolina BBQ to the regional styles of Texas and all across the country, the “Low and Slow” of BBQ is a big part of our life’s celebrations.

In honor of National BBQ Month, Bigelow Tea is proud to offer two tea-infused specialties—a pork and a vegetarian option. It’s all good for BBQ Month!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Bigelow Tea Glaze And Seasonal Vegetables

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Recipe Created by Joy Marr

Ingredients:

PORK TENDERLOIN:

5 cups boiling water
Bigelow Green Tea with Mango Tea bags
Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea bags
Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea bags
1.2-1.5 lb. Pork Tenderloin whole
1 clove garlic, smashed
½ small yellow onion cut into in wedges
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (use only if oven baking tenderloin)
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (can substitute cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey (can substitute brown sugar)
1 tablespoon veg. oil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoons of both Salt and pepper

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Instructions:

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and add the Bigelow Tea bags, the clove of garlic and the onion wedges. Remove from heat and cover – let steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove tea bags squeezing well and discard, along with the garlic and onion. Divide the tea mixture -set aside 2 cups for the glaze to the remaining 3 cups add the vinegar, honey, oil, thyme and salt and pepper- stir. This will be the marinade for the pork.

Once the marinade tea has cooled down somewhat, pour into a large plastic bag; add pork tenderloin and marinate for 5 hours or overnight in refrigerator. While pork marinates make the glaze and ready your vegetables both can be set aside or refrigerated covered overnight.

Heat your grill to medium; while grill is heating drain tenderloin from marinade -discard marinade- and wipe loin dry, set aside. Pour 1/2 cup of the reserved tea glaze into a small vessel you can work out of. Place pork on grill. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium. Open grill and brush liberally with tea glaze. Reduce grill to low, continue to cook pork over the next 8-10 minutes, turning pork and coating well with glaze, 2 or 3 more times, until thermometer reads 160′. Remove from heat and let rest for 8-10 minutes. Slice into medallions and serve with glazed vegetables.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR OVEN BAKING PORK

Prep time approx. 10 minutes

Oven time 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. While pan is heating, drain tenderloin from marinade -discard marinade- and wipe loin dry. Carefully add tenderloin to hot pan and cook, turning until brown on all sides, 5-6 minutes. Baste liberally with tea glaze and place skillet with pork in oven and bake for 8 minutes. Open oven and baste liberally with tea glaze again. Continue to cook until thermometer reads 160′, about 12-15 minutes, basting pork again when you remove it from the oven. Transfer pork tenderloin to platter and let rest for 8-10 minutes. Slice into medallions and serve with glazed vegetables.

Yield: Serves 4

TEA GLAZE

2 cups reserved Bigelow Tea mixture
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of salt

Bring remaining 2 cups of tea mixture to a simmer over med-high heat and cook to reduce. After 45 minutes or so, check it you want to have about 1 cup no less. Add honey, salt and pepper and set aside for later or refrigerate overnight.

SEASONAL VEGETABLES WITH BIGELOW TEA GLAZE

1 medium Acorn squash
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 medium Parsnips peeled (can substitute yellow onions)
2 tablespoons butter, salted
½ cup reserved tea glaze

Heat the oven to 400′. Place the butter in an oven proof pan and put in oven to melt while oven pre- heats. Cut the carrots and parsnips on the diagonal into 2″ pieces. Slice the acorn squash into rings 1″ thick rings-then cut in half. Remove the pan from the oven – place all the vegetables in pan and carefully toss with butter to coat. Bake for 10 minutes. Open oven and pour the tea glaze over the vegetables, stirring well to coat. Continue to bake until vegetable are tender- and can be pierced by a small knife point, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Yield: Serves 4

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

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Ingredients:

8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
2 cups hot water
½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
1 tablespoon honey
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
Non-stick grill spray

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes.

First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes.

Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes.

In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes.

Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved.

Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.

Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt.

Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust.

Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate.

Remove from grill and serve hot.

Image by ckelly via Flickr.com

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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!

 

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