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Bigelow Tea Is Smiling During National Smile Month


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


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!

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Bigelow Tea Facebook Fans Get Creative With Their Favorite Teas!


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!


Bigelow Tea Laps Up Drink Water Week


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


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


Recipe Created by Joy Marr



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



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.


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


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.


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



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



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.

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


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!


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!


Tickets are available now at 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




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


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.


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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A Fan Takes A Spontaneous Trip To Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation


This past October, my husband and I were traveling south to Florida. When we camped for the night, I found a brochure for the Charleston Tea Plantation. We then made a point to visit the plantation, and I’m so glad we did.

The factory tour was very informative, I learned a lot about tea growing and processing, and the trolley ride was great, and our driver was funny too! While there, I drank 3 glasses of delicious Plantation Peach tea!!


Naturally, we bought some to take home with us. Personally I love iced tea, and when I made this, I wanted to continue to drink the whole pitcher—it was so good.

Thank you for saving this piece of history, and making a tour fun and DELICIOUS!


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


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.


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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