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Keep The Bigelow Tea Coming: It’s Still Cold & Flu Season

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The Cold and flu season is a simple reality that we have to deal with every year! But this past winter seems to have been more severe, starting early and hanging on in many areas of the country.  So Bigelow Tea wants to remind us that the flu is still out there! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that while influenza activity is declining overall, it remains high in some parts of the country and may continue for some time. So what should we be doing to stay one step ahead of the flu?

If you’re feeling a little under the weather, well, Mom was right: get plenty of rest and stay hydrated! Don’t forget that our bodies are made up primarily of water. When our immune systems are fighting bacterial or viral infections, our metabolism increases; kind of like a car with its engine racing. We need to keep adding water (our “gas”) to keep it going.

Can you think of a better reason to sit on a comfy couch and relax with a great cup of Bigelow Tea? Perhaps with our classic Green Tea with Lemon or maybe our Lemon Ginger Herb Plus tea … or any of our amazing Green Teas would do!

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Along with hydration, keep in mind that managing stress levels is also important. It’s reported that chronic stress can have a detrimental effect on the body, even suppressing that ever-important immune system. One idea from Real Simple magazine to help stay healthy:  take a brisk walk. Then, when you return, sit down to a nice cup of tea! With the flu still looming, we know it’s the tastiest way to weather the flu season!

Image by stevendepolo via Flickr.com

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For Passover, Bigelow Tea Offers Kosher Teas

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Being a family-owned company, we at Bigelow Tea have great respect for traditions that bring multiple generations together. As Passover begins on March 25, we are fond of the holiday’s custom of gathering loved ones around the dinner table to share in the Passover Seder.

For our friends who keep Kosher, we wanted to let you know that many Bigelow Teas can be served at your family meal. Some of our most popular flavors have been certified as Kosher for Passover. They include our first tea, “Constant Comment”®, Cinnamon Stick, English Teatime, Earl Grey, Plantation Mint and many more! You can even try our recipe for Plantation Mint Punch with Lime, below, which makes for a unique and refreshing beverage.

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Finally, if you’re attending a Seder or other Passover event, you can be the most popular guest by bringing our Tea-licious Basket! All 104 tea bags in this round and reusable basket are certified Kosher for Passover. Varieties include black, green, herbal and decaffeinated teas.

Happy Passover from our Bigelow Tea family to yours!

Plantation Mint Punch with Lime

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Ingredients:

4 cups water
6 Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea Bags
6 tablespoons honey
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup Rose’s Lime Juice
3 cups club soda, chilled

Yield: Serves 6

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Instructions:

Place 4 cups boiling water over tea bags in heat-stable container. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add honey and stir until dissolved. Let cool. Pour the tea base into a 3-1/2 quart pitcher. Add fresh lime juice and Rose’s lime juice. Stir. Just before serving, add chilled club soda. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

Top image by Edsel Little via Flickr.com

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Pick Your Caffeine Level With Tasty Bigelow Teas!

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March is National Caffeine Awareness Month—a good time to take stock of your daily caffeine intake. Bigelow Tea wants to remind you that caffeine is found in many beverages and some foods, such as chocolate and energy drinks, not just coffee and tea. For some people it makes sense to do the math and consider cutting back on certain sources of caffeine, particularly if you’re bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety. The good news for tea lovers? As our handy “Caff-O-Meter” shows, there’s a tea for every level of caffeine tolerance!

Keep in mind, for instance, that Black Tea generally has 30 to 60 mg of caffeine, or about half the amount in coffee. And while brewing times affect caffeine levels, Green Tea has slightly less caffeine than black tea. Decaffeinated Teas still contain small amounts of caffeine, but Herbal Teas are completely caffeine free.

To put these amounts in perspective, the Mayo Clinic reports that adults who consume more than 500 mg of caffeine per day may be getting into jittery territory. Still, even a little caffeine can make some people feel uncomfortable or may interfere with their sleep if consumed later in the day.

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Luckily, Bigelow Tea offers an extensive collection of decaffeinated and herbal teas to enjoy anytime! You might be surprised to learn how many of your favorite green and black teas come in “decaf” versions, including “Constant Comment”®, Earl GreyLemon Lift and Green Tea with Pomegranate. And if you’re going for zero caffeine, there’s nothing like one of our many flavorful herb teas. Try Chamomile Mango or Sweet Dreams to unwind at the end of a busy day. Both will surely rate highly on your “taste-o-meter”!

 

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Bigelow Tea Is Blooming Over Spring Flowers

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At Bigelow Tea, we’re ready for the first day of spring! After being dormant during winter’s dreary days, bulbs and flowering trees will emerge in full bloom. Hyacinths, crocus, tulips, and daffodils will show their true colors. And a new round of planting begins, with seeds set in the soil for fall arrival.

Like our fellow tea drinkers, Bigelow Tea loves flowers. In fact, flowers can actually be found in some of our teas. Chamomile, which look like the daisy, is the centerpiece of a trio set of Bigelow Teas featuring Cozy ChamomileChamomile Mango, and Chamomile Mint herbal teas. Hibiscus, a tropical flower, is paired with cranberry in our Cranberry Hibiscus Herb Tea. Both plants blend in our Sweet Dreams Herb Tea.

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Besides our teas, we show our appreciation for nature through our Sustainabili-Tea efforts. We’ve significantly reduced our landfill waste at our facilities in Kentucky and Idaho and at our Connecticut headquarters. Land preservation is also our “priori-tea.” A decade ago, we purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation to save it from future real estate development. We’re also committed to upholding our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s act of preserving 220 acres of open space in New Hampshire.

As you tend to your garden, we hope spring flowers—and our teas!—reinvigorate your spirit.

Top image by Curtis Fry via Flickr.com

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Kathy Patalsky From The Happy.Healthy.Life Whips Up An Amazing Recipe Using Our “Constant Comment”® Bigelow Tea!

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Earlier this month we introduced you to our March Fan of the Month, Kathy Patalsky, a vegan chef from Happy.Healthy.Life and Bigelow Tea lover. Today we’d like to share with you a mouth-watering recipe she created using Bigelow’s “Constant Comment“® Tea.

Kathy’s Citrus & Spice Tea Banana Bread is moist, vegan and can even be made with a delectable “cream cheese” glaze. You can also add diced apples for extra moisture and sweetness. Yum!

Of course, as Kathy notes on her website, the Citrus & Spice Tea Banana Bread pairs deliciously with a cup of Bigelow Tea. “Plus,” she says, “this bread baking in the oven will fill your house with an amazing scent. Some people like to burn candles …  well skip the candle and just bake this bread!”Here’s the recipe. Let us know if you try it … and which Bigelow Tea variety you sipped while tasting it!

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“Constant Comment” Tea-Infused Citrus Spice Banana Bread

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Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup rolled oats (optional)
1 tsp salt

 

Banana/liquid mix ingredients:

1 1/2 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup orange or tangerine juice + 1/4 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp flax seeds
3/4 cup boiling water + 1 “Constant Comment” tea bag (steeped tea)

Topping ingredients:

Sprinkle of sugar + sprinkle of citrus zest + sprinkle of cinnamon

Optional add-in’s:

* 1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans would be perfect!)
* 1/2 cup diced apple (I tried this on my second time testing the recipe and it was amazing.)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat 3/4 cup of water in microwave or boil on stove. Add the “Constant Comment” tea bag and allow to steep for about five minutes – until dark amber gold in color.
4. In a small bowl, combine the tea, mashed banana, oil, vanilla extract, flax seeds and orange juice + zest. Mash this all together to soften the bananas even more. This mixture should be warm from the hot tea.
5. Pour the banana mixture into the large mixing bowl and fold until well combined.
6. Grease a standard loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan.
7. Top the batter with a sprinkle of sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cooked through.
9. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

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Optional: This loaf is pretty dreamy all on its own, but if desired you can whip up a cream cheese drizzle to pour over top!

“Cream Cheese” Glaze for Bread

makes about 3/4 cup of glaze

1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
1/4 maple or agave syrup
1/4 cup powdered sugar, organic
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla or orange extract

Soften the cream cheese and beat all ingredients together until silky. Place in fridge until ready to serve over top a warm slice of tea bread.

 

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Bigelow Tea Checks Out Ziggy Marley

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Ziggy Marley, the son of Reggae Legend Bob Marley, has been making music for over a quarter of a century. Ziggy’s most recent CD, Wild and Freesports the single Forward to Love and features his laid back Reggae sound. Ziggy’s easygoing music matches his mellow lifestyle, so Bigelow Tea was intrigued to learn that Ziggy also loves running. In fact, a morning jog is very important to him, along with enjoying his daily cuppa tea!

In a recent article in Runners World, Ziggy talked running and tea: “In Jamaica, the fishermen go fishing early in the morning, so by the time I’m coming back from my jog, the fishermen are coming in with their boats…I’ll buy some fish and just cook and eat it right there on the beach [and] have some tea.” Ziggy—named Reggae’s heir apparent by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1988—is one of many popular musicians we’ve looked at on our blog.

Ziggy shared that “Running helps relieve my stress … helps me get away from the concerns of business.” And just like with exercise, everything improves when a delicious and serene cup of delicious tea is included!

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For Ziggy, we would suggest Green Tea with Mango. It’s an exotic but calming blend—a perfect flavor for him to sip between runs, touring schedules and all of his charity work. Ziggy is involved in Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (URGE), which works to help children, and Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit providing free musical instruments and lessons to children throughout the US.

Mr. Marley clearly is a very busy man who contributes a great deal to our world. So, we say, get this man a cup! He truly deserves his daily tea!

Image by Bruce Tuten via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Is Seeing Green On St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated March 17 (on Sunday this year), causing merriment to surround all things Irish! St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things green, just like the month of March, which Bigelow Tea celebrates as a grand green month!

Ireland has observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years, but here in the New World celebrating St. Pat has been more recent–the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade has only been around for around 250 years! St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures, and most of us have heard the traditional story of him banishing all the snakes from Ireland. But St. Patrick’s Day has evolved, here in the U.S., into a day of wearing green and sharing the camaraderie of friend … Irish or not!

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Yes, green is our thing this month and Bigelow Tea is proud to feature our wide selection of outstanding Green Teas for your pleasure. Like our Green Tea with Mint—a blendin’ of the green that is just the ticket for the wearin’ of the green! It’s part of all the green that March brings us, like the blooming of spring flowers, watching golfers getting back on the greens, and even the punk-rock group Green Day revving up a new March tour!

Bigelow tea knows how to ramp up the power of green too. May we suggest the ubiquitous Greenie Mar-TEA-ni for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Shake things up with this TEA-lightful Bigelow Tea signature beverage, featuring our Green Tea with Pomegranate. Let us help you celebrate the drinkin’ of the green with Bigelow Tea on this St. Patrick’s Day!

Greenie Mar-TEA-ni – Sweetened with Agave

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Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags (or any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
2 teaspoons agave nectar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir until it dissolves.

To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Image by kkmarais via Flickr.com

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Green It Up This March With Bigelow Tea

It’s March … the birds are singing, the grass is growing and the flowers are thinking about blooming! Bigelow Tea loves all the green that March brings! Not only does it make us think about all the fantastic Green Tea varieties we make, but it also reminds us of “being green” and conserving resources. Bigelow Tea is all aboutSustainabili-TEA!

So let’s welcome the Spring Season with these two Bigelow Tea videos about our environmental efforts!  In the first video, Bigelow Tea Trash Talk, watch “Mother Nature” as she checks out some of the processes and procedures used to lower our company’s impact on the environment at our production facilities and offices.

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And in this SustainabiliTea video, hear what it means to our employees to participate in our Sustainabili-TEA efforts. From composting to saving electricity to shipping, our incredible team are green through and through!

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Enjoy these videos with your cup of Green Tea, and “green” it up this March with Bigelow Tea!
 

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Women’s History And Our Matriarch Ruth C. Bigelow

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This month is National Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to history, culture and society. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination” … and Bigelow Tea has a wonderful and inspirational story for you! Turn on the kettle, and read on to be inspired by our founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow!

National Women’s History Month has only been observed since 1987, but our inspirational women’s tale starts back in 1945 in Ruth’s kitchen, when she started a food company just after the Depression. She happened to love tea, but not the lackluster varieties found at the store, so she set out to create her own zestful tea flavor based on a special tea recipe from the Colonial times.

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She experimented with spices and orange peel, tweaked it this way and that, and voila, “Constant Comment”®, the new talk of the town was born. Talk about innovation—especially for a woman during that time period! Ruth just knew that other people would enjoy her distinctive tea, but did she think that it would become the most popular specialty tea flavor in America? Well, perhaps … especially considering her forethought in naming it for the constant comments it was receiving! Ruth’s daughter-in-law, Eunice, and the Bigelow family moved forward and created and expanded the flavors and varieties of teas they produced. The company is now run by Ruth’s passionate and dedicated granddaughter, Cindi Bigelow, another inspirational woman!

So, during National Women’s History Month, as we drink our “Constant Comment” tea, we can think back and thank Ruth Campbell Bigelow for her imagination and her creativity. A truly inspiring and innovative woman, indeed.

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Save Your Vision Month

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It’s Save Your Vision Month, and Bigelow Tea wants to make sure you’re taking care of those twinkling eyes of yours! We hope you’ll be sure to wear protective eyewear in sports and on the job (if necessary), take breaks from your time on the computer, keep sunglasses handy—even in winter!—and drink lots of Bigelow Tea!

Back in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan designated the first week in March to be “Save Your Vision Week,” he stated the following: “Of all God’s gifts, the ability to see is one of the most precious. …  It enables man to enjoy the magnificence of a sunset and the promise of a rainbow.” During this week people are encouraged to get their vision checked and to consider the importance of keeping their eyes safe.

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The human eye is a complicated and amazing organ. It takes light and helps our brain turn it into an image. We think David Thoreau was right on target when he called them the “jewels of the body.” Some research has even shown that Green Tea can help keep your eyes healthy!

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So, this year, during the month of March, remember your eyes. Keep them safe, and maybe use them to select and make a delicious cup of Bigelow Tea. With our “rainbow” of flavors and varieties, we think your eyes will enjoy picking out your favorite blend. And, when you watch the leaves steeping and the steam rising from your mug, you’ll also have your eyes to thank!

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