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Sick Of Cold & Flu Season? Bigelow Tea Is Good For What Ails You.

Brrrr! It’s cold out and all of a sudden…..aaaaah-choo!  (On no!) Unfortunately, cold and flu season is here and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, there’s no avoiding getting sick. But check out the #TeaProudly community who know what’s up when it comes to staving off those winter sniffles!  On Twitter @Crystalball1976 says: @bigelowtea Thank you–your tea is helping me out right now….. early stages of a cold. Hope I caught it in time by drinking lots of mint tea!” #TeaProudly

What can we do?  Check out these helpful tips which might just help you proactively survive the winter:

  1. Wash your hands. Viruses and bacteria spread when those who are infected cough, sneeze, or blow their nose. (ewww!) It’s a good idea to wash your hands frequently year-round, but during cold and flu season it is an absolute must. Carry a small container of hand sanitizer with you just in case you don’t have access to soap and water.
  2. Keep it clean! Clean and disinfect surfaces such as tables, countertops and doorknobs at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you know someone at work or school who isn’t feeling well, steer clear and maintain limited contact until they’re better. It’s nothing personal—you need to stay healthy!
  4. Eat (and drink!) a healthy diet. Foods containing vitamins C and E are believed to be helpful in supporting the immune system. Sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach are all rich in vitamin E, and you can get your daily vitamin C from foods like citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and tomatoes, so bring on those fruits and veggies, yeah! Researchers at Harvard University also found that drinking five cups of black tea a day quadrupled the body’s immune defense system after two weeks, probably because of theanine, a powerful little amino acid found in both black and green tea.
  5. Get a good night’s rest. Getting enough sleep can keep you from feeling run-down and help you maintain a healthy immune system. Try some soothing and relaxing like Chamomile Vanilla Herbal Tea with Honey as a yummy after-dinner treat—it may help you unwind and get the zzzzzz’s you need.

And how about these tips if you (OH NO!) come down with something:

  1. Stay hydrated. Increasing your fluid intake when you’re sick prevents dehydration, which can be caused by fever, coughing and sneezing.  Warm liquids (like tea!) may soothe a sore, scratchy throat and help to thin mucus. According to ear, nose and throat specialist Murray Grossan, MD; drinking tea and breathing in steam also stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Buh-bye!
  2. If you’re sick, stay home. If you have the flu or a bad cold, take some time off from work or school. Not only do you need to rest, if you’re out and about when you’re sick, you could infect others. Elderly people, children and those with weakened immune systems can develop very serious illnesses if exposed to the cold or flu virus.
  3. Take it easy. Expending energy saps valuable resources from your immune system, so take a time-out when you’re sick. Nap, read, binge-watch that show you’ve been meaning to get to (yay!), and sip a soothing cup of Benefits Lemon and  Echinacea Herbal Tea, but take it easy so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible.

Have any tips on staying healthy this winter? Tag #TeaProudly to share your remedies!

Happiness Is Honey (And Bigelow Tea!)

 

Oh, hey, honey. You’ve been around for a really long time, and guess what? You are totally loved. Not just by Bigelow Tea, but all over the world! And to all those honey lovers out there, here are just a few reasons why honey is the best – and no, it’s not just because September is National Honey Month!

For starters, honey is ancient… in the best of ways, of course! Honey production flourished in ancient Spain, Greece, Sicily and India, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. However, cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC show the earliest records of beekeeping, and there are fossils of honey bees that date back about 150 million years! Wow! A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey—particularly in its raw form—offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and may offer a quick energy boost.

But, to become the honey we all know and love, did you know how much work goes into a jar of honey? To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. And, on average, a honey bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey over the course of its life. To put that into perspective, two tablespoons of honey would be enough to fuel a bee’s entire flight around the world.

Honey in general is a golden color, yet not all types are alike. The color and flavor can depend on where the honeybees get their nectar. Honey can have a lighter hue and a mild taste or be darker with a stronger flavor. In fact, according to the National Honey Board, there are more than 300 types of honey available in the United States, from flower sources ranging from alfalfa to tupelo!

Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. In the past few years, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where Bigelow Tea’s headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So, we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf and even planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Honey adds a little sweetness to the day (and cup!), so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. It could be easy to take for granted, but we’d sure miss it if it ever ran out! Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea (it’s awesome!), or try a cup of Chamomile Vanilla Herbal Tea with Honey before turning in for the night, and let’s show those bees how much they’re loved. Because without them, we wouldn’t have honey.