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Bigelow Tea Celebrates The Mighty Herb!

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If you love layers of flavor in your food and beverages, you know that herbs make everything better! A pinch of oregano in pasta sauce. A dash of dill in potato salad. And, of course, herbs like mint, chamomile and hibiscus in your mug of tea. Saturday is International Herb Day and May 3rd is Herb Day … so Bigelow Tea says “let’s hear it for the herb!”

To celebrate the herb, here are two fun “herb facts” that will impress your friends:

*First, there’s no “tea” in herbal tea. A “tea” leaf is actually the leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal teas—including Bigelow family favorites like Sweet Dreams and Orange & Spice—are made from ingredients like rose hips, peppermint leaves, chicory and orange peel. Not with camellia sinensis.

*Second, herbs for herbal teas have to be carefully harvested, cut and then protected to ensure that their natural volatile oils are protected. It is the volatile oils that provide the active ingredients that are so good for you!

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All of Bigelow Tea’s herb teas are full of tantalizing flavors and contain no caffeine. That way, they can be a part of your mornings, afternoons and even nights!

Top image by david.dames via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Treasures National Garden Month

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This month is National Garden Month, a celebration of flowers, vegetables and herb gardens everywhere! Bigelow Tea joins communities, organizations and individuals across the country that are celebrating gardening and the good green earth. But you know, Bigelow Tea shines in gardening all year long. From its successful Community Garden last summer (which will happen again this summer) to America’s largest Tea Garden the Charleston Tea Plantation, Bigelow Tea is “one” with Mother earth!

The Bigelow family’s herbal tea selections are among the most popular with blends of fine herbs, fruits and spices. In fact, herbal teas prompt fans like @ShineDeluxe, to tweet that she always starts her day with Bigelow Tea’s Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea!

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And here’s a fun fact for all you gardeners out there: remember that Bigelow Tea’s tea bag filter is 100% compostable – just a part of the important commitment to “sustainabili-TEA programs!

Cultivating nature during National Gardening Month (and all the year ‘round!) is Bigelow Tea’s way to the perfect cup. So get your garden in gear and honor the cycle of life while you enjoy being greener, healthier and happier!

Top image by James Feller via Flickr.com

The Beauty of Bigelow Tea

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In case you were wondering what’s in your daily cup, Bigelow Tea wanted to take this opportunity to give you a quick Tea 101 lesson!

If you’re sipping a cup of “tea,” you are sipping the brew of the steeped leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant! All true teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant. It’s the varying amounts of time the freshly-plucked Camellia sinensis leaves are exposed to air (oxidation) that determines whether the leaves become black, oolong, green or white tea.

Black Tea, or just plain “tea” as it is often called, comes from Camellia sinensisleaves that are first crushed, then exposed to air for several hours. The amount of oxidation produces a brew that is robust in flavor and rich in color that can be enjoyed as you start your day, or as a pick-me-up any time of day.

It is the Bigelow family recipes, lovingly passed down from generation to generation, that make Bigelow Tea particularly special for so many loyal consumers. Ingredients like orange rind in Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea, real oil of citrus bergamot fruit  in Bigelow Earl Grey and refreshing spearmint in Bigelow Plantation Mint® Tea are used to create some of the Bigelow Tea family’s most-loved blends. But the Camellia sinesis plant is the foundation for all Bigelow black teas.

So whether it’s from the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where some of the finest teas in the world which are grown and carefully hand-picked—or the southern part of Italy where the Bigelow family buys real oil of bergamot (carefully crafted by families that have been performing this delicate process for generations), Bigelow Tea has never and will never compromise on its ingredients—or on its family recipes.

So, when you drink a cup of tea, you’re really sipping the brew of a plant and all the goodness that goes with it. Bigelow Tea uses only the best because it’s what our consumers expect and is at the centerpiece of a three-generations-old family tradition.

(Picture features third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow visiting tea fields in Sri Lanka)

Quick Flicks Featuring Bigelow Tea!

 

Bigelow Tea fans are bringing the funny today in two comical videos! First (above) dougannajordan shows some comic wizardry. The clip will have you chuckling when you see what happens when he notes that Bigelow Tea has “a taste so good, it really knocks your socks off!” (And his toupee too, apparently!)

Next, check out what happens when “Daddy” brings his big—and we’re talking seriously big—mug to his daughter’s quaint tea party (below). It seems he just can’t get enough! “Big Taste. Bigelow.” That’s right. Thanks, gibbydog3, for the great video.


Paper Towel Talk With Bigelow Tea

It’s time to turn on the kettle and talk sustainabili-Tea while waiting for your mug of Bigelow Tea to finish brewing!  Today, as you prepare your tea, try not to spill … but if you do, consider this: the USA uses 13billion pounds of paper towels a year! Bigelow Tea knows that little things can add up …  but yikes!

That’s why this video is so cool; it’s all about saving paper a little at a time after washing your hands in a public restroom. If hand driers aren’t available, just follow this simple “shake and fold” technique! Believe it or not, if everyone used only ONE LESS paper towel a day, it would add up to 571,230,000 pounds of paper towels saved annually.

In your own kitchen, use a cloth towel to reduce your daily waste even more! @ashleyypatton tweeted that she used socks—a more unconventional technique!

The Bigelow Tea family is proud to practice measures like reducing waste in operations and saving water—last year Bigelow Tea saved 363,181 gallons of water! Everyone can live more sustainably. So, check out this video, shake your hands, smile and save a paper towel. #SustainabiliTEA
 

So This Is What It’s Like Being A Bigelow Tea Bag!

Get ready to get your splash on and see what it’s like looking out from inside a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea! This clever video features an exuberant tea-making montage, a view from inside the cup and a happy tea drinker coming in from the snow. The tagline is simply: “When you need that warm feeling inside.” Indeed.

Speaking of snow, Bigelow Tea fan Alikonu tweeted that “Early morning tea & watching it snow is the perfect combination.” Share this clip if you agree!
 

Bigelow Tea Lovers Share Tea-Inspired Videos!

“Any time is Bigelow time!” That’s the message “BeverlyfromNE” shares in her video, above! Watch her kettle whistle and brew your own mug as you sit back and get ready for some entertainment – Bigelow Tea style! Dedicated tea lovers got out their video cameras to  explain why “Bigelow is their cup of tea,” and the results were creative and inspiring!  Enjoy some of the entries:

“Majorchaoz” cleverly states that he’s dedicated to Bigelow Tea because it’s BIG on taste and LOW on price. Love it!

Theresa Irving and her brood have been through the ringer. She’s ready for her cup … and right now!!


Elizabeth Hadley’s message is simple as well as delicious! Be sure to see the T-shirt message too!

“Koocnnej” tells us how she loves her Chai Tea and enjoys “Bigelow Tea for big days!” 

Finally, get out the tissues for this one. Tea lover “iwaskramer” sends a message of love and warm hugs to her mom with every cup.


Bigelow Tea Looks At How The Ethical Tea Partnership Supports Producers

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While sipping your tea today, take a moment to reflect upon the tea leaves, where they came from and who helped them reach your mug. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) thinks about these issues all the time and works hard to ensure that the tea industry is socially just. Bigelow Tea is proud to be a member of this organization!

One vitally important area that the ETP monitors is “Producer Support,” which means helping producers improve many social issues that they may struggle with. The five categories the ETP focuses on in this area are:

Factory health and safety – including the safety of all workers involved in tea production.

Agrochemical management – including training producers how to use the safely

Fair treatment of workers – including contractual issues, working hours, labor relations, the right to collective bargaining and discrimination and harassment

Gender – including eliminating abusive and discriminatory behavior and sexual harassment

Environmental management – including wildlife and biodiversity

The Ethical Tea Partnership’s work in the area of Producer Support is important to everyone who loves tea and respects the planet. Bigelow Tea believes that tea leaves are a treasure—and anything that can be done to ensure they are produced in an ethical, sustainable way is good for all of us.

Image via ethicalteapartnership.org

Bigelow Tea Says “Thank You Mom” With Sweepstakes Prizes!

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Get ready for the best Mother’s Day ever and enter the Bigelow Tea Thank You Mom Sweepstakes TODAY! A total of 175 lucky winners will take home one of three TEA-rrific prizes for pampering your mother—or yourself if you prefer!

As a family-owned business founded by matriarch Ruth Campbell Bigelow nearly 70 years ago, Bigelow Tea proudly celebrates hardworking moms everywhere. What better way to say “I love and appreciate you” than with a heartwarming gift of tea? Here’s the lowdown on all three prizes:

  • 25 Grand Prize winners – $200 SpaFinder gift card plus a Fine Tea & Herb Tea Gift Assortment that includes a variety of traditional and flavored black, green and herb teas. 64 tea bags in all.
  • 50 first-place winners – Flavored & Herb Tea Wooden Tea Chest features a beautifully crafted wood chest with 8 tea bags each of 8 assorted black, green and herb teas. 64 tea bags in all.
  • 100 second-place winners – $25 Walmart gift card plus one box of “Constant Comment“®.

Entering is easy … simply “Like” the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon at the top of the page under the large cover photo, and follow the instructions. The sweeps ends on April 30. Look for the names of the 175 lucky winners on the Bigelow Tea blog. Happy Mother’s Day from the Bigelow Tea family to yours!
 

Bigelow Tea Announces “Green” March Sweepstakes Winners!

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We are so excited to announce our Celebrate Green March Sweepstakes winners.  Please note that it might take up to two weeks to contact the winners (so we can confirm your mailing address). Congrats to all!!!

Jodi from Wisconsin

Gerald from North Carolina

Anthony from Ontario, Canada

Angela from Ontario, Canada

Jennifer from Ontario, Canada

Richard from Mississippi

Lee from Arizona

Eric from Michigan

Deonnamarie from South Carolina

Erin from Massachusetts

Eva from Texas

Michelle from New York

Kim from Texas

Kathie from New York

Elaine from Oklahoma

Melissa from Pennsylvania

Jasna from Ontario, Canada