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Bigelow Tea Looks At The Digestive Power Of Peppermint

Bigelow Tea has some refreshing news for all you Peppermint Herb Tea lovers! A recent report on “home remedies doctors swear by” highlights peppermint tea for its ability to help relieve indigestion and stomachaches. Here’s the scoop:

Dr. Philip Hagen, preventive medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic, says oil from the peppermint leaves and stems calms the muscles of the digestive tract. This allows gas to pass more easily, relieving indigestion. He recommends brewing a cup of tea with peppermint leaf when a stomachache hits. Hagen cautions however, that if stomach pain is due to reflux (that comes with an acidic, burning feeling in the chest), peppermint tea can actually aggravate the problem by allowing acids to flow back into the esophagus.

But for occasional tummy trouble, it’s certainly nice to know that Peppermint Herb Tea is a deliciously soothing option! In fact, mint in its different varieties is known for its healing properties. Another 100 percent peppermint tea to try is Egyptian Mint Herb Tea. If you find these two teas a bit too intense, consider other Bigelow Teas that blend peppermint with spearmint or other herbs and natural flavors:

Mint Medley Herb Tea – peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, rose hips, lemon peel and hibiscus.

Sweet Dreams Herb Tea – chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice, orange blossoms.

Chamomile Mint Herb Tea – chamomile, peppermint leaves, rose hips, lemongrass, natural flavor (soy lecithin), lemon peel, lemon verbena, hibiscus.

Organic Moroccan Mint Caffeine Free Herb Tea – organic spearmint, organic peppermint, organic rose hips, organic hibiscus, organic lemon peel, natural flavor.

Whichever is your favorite, be sure to keep a box handy for digestive emergencies – as well as cool refreshment anytime!


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Mobilizing The Planet With Bigelow Tea On Earth Day

Each year, April brings us her famous “showers,” leading to the first buds of spring, a hankering for iced tea and a special day to embrace the environment and re-commit ourselves to sustainability: Earth Day! As you probably guessed, Bigelow Tea is a big fan of Earth Day and all that it stands for.

Earth Day began in 1970 and has since grown into a month-long celebration of the planet and a call to preserve the environment. This year Earth Day takes place on April 22nd, but earth-related activities and events are being held all month, and in every corner of the world. The theme of Earth Day 2012 is “Mobilize the Earth.”

Every day at Bigelow Tea we put a lot of energy into protecting our planet. Our commitment to what we call Sustainabili-TEA can be seen in our efforts to reduce waste, conserve energy, and work with tea and herb suppliers who also engage in sustainable practices. Sustainabili-TEA is, quite simply, the right thing to do.

We’d love to know how you will spend your Earth Day and what “doing the right thing” means to you (for example, do you compost your tea bags)? Please share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page. Together, we can “mobilize the Earth” and preserve it for future generations!

As Bigelow President Cindi Bigelow said, “Do the right thing, and good things will follow.”

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Enter Bigelow Tea’s Mother’s Day Sweepstakes To Win Green Tea Goodies!

Bigelow Tea is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special sweepstakes that starts today! Enter for your chance to win a Green Tea Goodness gift basket featuring a lovely collection of goodies that will please your mom – or any green tea lover! One lucky winner will receive a willow basket containing the following items (total value $49.95):

  • 2 Royal Worcester bone china mugs designed by Llewelyn-Bowen, 11 oz each
  • Lemon cookies, 2.5 oz
  • 2 natural honey spoons
  • White teapot tea bag holder
  • 72 individually wrapped Bigelow Tea Green tea bags in assorted flavors

We think this basket makes a thoughtful and exceptionally appropriate Mother’s Day gift. Every mom deserves a moment to savor a sweet treat and soothing cup of green tea – and sipped from a fine china cup. And of course she will enjoy it even more if you’re able to share a private tea party with her!

To enter, simply “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) then click the sweepstakes tab under our profile picture and enter your name. The sweepstakes ends at midnight on May 13, and the lucky winner will be chosen by random drawing on May 14.

Enter today, and Happy Mother’s Day!


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Tasty Constant Comment® Delicacies from Bigelow Tea!

At Bigelow Tea, we love; that’s LOVE eating kebabs! Especially, when they’re made courtesy of our Constant Comment® tea!  These skewered gastronomical delights – our very own Lamb Kebabs with Mashed Sweet Potatoes – are simply mouthwatering. They can be enjoyed as a main course or appetizer. Consider doubling the recipe because everyone will want second helpings!

Bon appétit!

Lamb Kebabs with Mashed Sweet Potatoes


6 Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
¾ cup hot water
½ cup honey
2 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. ground cloves
20 – 1½ inch cubes boneless leg of lamb
3 medium sweet potatoes
4 metal or wooden skewers (wooden skewers must be soaked for at least 1 hour)
Dash of salt
¼ cup butter 

Yield:  4 servings


1. Brew Constant Comment® teabags in ¾-cup hot water. Remove teabags and discard, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible; add honey, cumin and ground cloves and mix well.
2. Place lamb cubes in large glass casserole and pour tea mixture over lamb. Mix well and set aside.
3. Pierce sweet potatoes and microwave on high until tender 10-12 minutes, turning once (time will vary according to microwave).
4. Meanwhile, thread 5 pieces of lamb onto each skewer. Sprinkle with a little salt and brush with marinade. Preheat broiler; broil lamb, brushing with marinade, 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked to medium.
5. Remove pulp from sweet potatoes and mash with butter. Keep warm on low in microwave. To serve, divide sweet potatoes into four servings, top with skewers of lamb.

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Relax with Bigelow Tea During Stress Awareness Month

Sometimes just the word stress can make our muscles seize up ever so slightly and our jaws clench down. Yes, the list of stress symptoms is extensive, and during Stress Awareness Month this April, Bigelow Tea is taking note of those warning signs in our daily lives. But even more importantly, we need to pause and look at preventing stress before it hits us. A relaxed and balanced life is something that we all strive for; thank goodness there is calmness is in our tea!

Green tea contains the free (non-protein) amino acid called L-Theanine, and studies have shown that L-Theanine in tea leaves creates a sense of deep relaxation and mental alertness only 20-30 minutes after ingesting. This relaxation is said to be similar to the feeling we get with yoga or meditation. In addition to L-Theanine, Bigelow Tea thinks that the mere process of steeping and sipping your tea is a stress-reducer.

Do you rebalance and restore with tea when you start your day … perhaps with Earl Grey for focus and clarity? Or is it relaxing at the end of the day with a cup of Chamomile as a wind-down and recap? During Stress Awareness Month try adding something new into your routine to help keep stress at bay. Listening to music or simply unplugging and sitting still are easy ways to take that first step to rejuvenation. Laughter has also been shown to be a beneficial natural remedy.

But if the daily strain has jangled our nerves and worn down our smile, our favorite way to feel refreshed again is with a delightful cup of tea.  You might want to brew a pot now, and find a wonderfully peaceful place to appreciate every last sip!

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Household Tea Tips For You From Bigelow Tea

With spring going strong you may be feeling the urge to do a little spring cleaning or get started on your gardening.  Here at Bigelow Tea, the season reminds us of just how amazing the versatili-TEA of our tea is!  So whether you are looking to clean your furniture and floors or repot some plants for spring, we’ve got some green tips for you!

While you are brewing your energizing morning cup of black tea, make it a double batch and use the extra elixir to help clean your furniture, floors and wood in your home.  Simply boil two tea bags in a quart of water and let it cool; then dip a soft cloth in, wring out the excess and use it to wipe away the dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth. Voila! Clean and spiffy!

For those of you who want to go green in a big way, cultivate your green thumb with leftover green tea bags, and repot your acid-loving plants to maximize soil nutrients. Simply remove the plant from the pot and place two or more used green tea bags at the bottom of the planter; when you re-pot, the tea bags retain water and leach nutrients into the soil!  Your plants will love you, and so will the Earth as you reuse your used tea bags.

This is sustainabili-TEA at its best!

Now you might be tired after all that cleaning and planting, so be sure to reward yourself with a nice cup of Bigelow Tea … after all, for all the great uses and tips for your extra tea, enjoying Bigelow Tea as your beverage of choice is really the best!

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Bigelow Tea Rocks With Led Zeppelin … And Tea!

In moments of sweet nostalgia, Bigelow Tea knows that many Baby Boomers fondly remember those high school and college dances when the much-anticipated “slow song” of the evening was always Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” The lead guitarist Jimmy Page’s masterful strumming and Robert Plant’s riveting vocals make this song one of the most classic rock ballads ever. At eight plus minutes, it begins as a slow acoustic folk song, joined by growing electric instrumentation and finally morphing into a high energy rock testimonial, as Jimmy Page causes goose bumps with his intricate guitar solo! By the way, that’s Jimmy Page in the photo above, back in the day, sipping a soulful solitary cup of tea.

Although known for being some of the “bad boys” of rock, the Led Zeppelin band members were also known for always having a cup of tea near at hand. Tea was (and still is) both a national staple and a true inspiration for these British lads. Listen to their “Tea for One” (from the Led Zeppelin album, Presence) which was inspired by the loneliness that a tour-weary Robert Plant experienced, drinking warm mugs of tea and honey all alone in his hotel room.

Another interesting tea and Zeppelin tidbit:  the inspiration for the cover design of their fabulous 1975 album, Physical Graffiti came from a New York clothing store in the East Village called Physical Graffiti. Well the store recently closed, only to re-open now as a stylish tea house, aptly named Physical Graffi-tea!

Now, that is what we at Bigelow Tea would call serendipi-TEA!

    Previously a clothing store, Physical Graffiti recently opened as a tea shop!

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A Cup Of Bigelow Tea At All Ages Does A Body Good!

The World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day tomorrow on April 7th with an emphasis on “aging and health.” It’s a theme that resonates here at Bigelow Tea. We take this opportunity to remind you that tea is a wonderfully healthy indulgence at any age!

Americans are living longer: life expectancy is now 78.5 years, based on the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s great news, but we all want to ensure that our advancing years are as healthy and fulfilling as possible. Ongoing research suggests that both green and black tea have many potential health benefits, due primarily to an abundance of the polyphenols. These powerful antioxidants are known to hunt down free radicals, which have been linked to heart disease and general aging of cells in the body. Green tea has very high levels of ECGC, another antioxidant that has been the subject of numerous health studies.

Intriguing research has also linked tea consumption with a reduction in cognitive decline, something many of us worry about. One UCLA study that followed 4,800 Americans age 65 and over for up to 14 years compared the cognitive performance of coffee and tea drinkers over time. When compared with non-tea drinkers, the average annual cognitive decline among four groups of tea drinkers was reduced by 17 percent or more.

Researchers are still trying to determine the precise mechanism of tea’s protective effect on the brain, but we’re encouraged by such positive results. So while contemplating mortality may make you uneasy, drinking your favorite Bigelow Tea is always a healthy pleasure! Enjoy it every day and with each passing year!

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Bigelow Tea Can Help Keep Your Roses Blooming!

If you’re planning to be out in your garden this summer, Bigelow Tea would love to be right there with you! You may be surprised to learn that it’s not just a glass of our iced tea or a warm mug of our herbal tea that can be your garden companion this year; believe it or not, tea leaves can also be used to help make your garden grow!

Our Bigelow Tea employees are always looking for new ways to use tea, and today we’re sharing a tried and true gardening method that can help keep your gardens blooming all summer long!  According to our sources, roses in particular love the tannic acids that are found naturally in tea. Sprinkle new or used Bigelow Tea Black or Green tea leaves (tea bag and all!) around your rosebushes, then cover them with mulch. When you water the plants, the nutrients from the tea will be released into the soil, spurring growth.

What a wonderful, natural way to give your plants a midsummer boost!

We’d love to hear your favorite gardening tips, and also any new or interesting uses you have for Bigelow Tea! Enjoy your tea … and your perky plants this summer!

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Sustainabili-TEA And Ardent Land Preservation At Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow had a dream: to preserve an open piece of land in the breathtakingly beautiful state of New Hampshire. Years later, the Bigelow family honored their matriarch’s wishes by holding and maintaining 220 acres of undeveloped NH land, even saving and maintaining the original house that was built on the property, way back in 1794!

As committed practitioners of Sustainabili-TEA, the Bigelow family ardently supports New Hampshire’s land conservation initiative, known as “Statewide Program of Action to Conserve our Environment (SPACE).”  Today, the land remains undeveloped and its beauty gives real meaning to the phrase “salt of the earth.”  It’s no surprise that David C. Bigelow would acquire a keen appreciation for land preservation. He had a wonderful teacher: his mother, Ruth.

And when David and wife Eunice (Co-Chairs/Co-CEOs of Bigelow Tea) heard about the pending destruction of a southern landmark—the Charleston Tea Plantation —they made the decision to save the plantation, and restore it to its former grandeur. Today it’s our home of American Classic Tea, and we proudly offer Charleston, South Carolina locals and visitors alike the opportunity to tour the beautiful grounds … and of course, to indulge in a cup or two of tea!


And, as for the next generation of the Bigelow family – well it is no accident that Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea actively promote all things sustainable.  Whether it is land preservation or conscientious community involvement, the Bigelows are committed to carrying on the family practice of Sustainabili-TEA! 

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