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6 Tips For Getting Gorgeous With Tea!

You probably already know that Bigelow Tea is amazing in a mug, but tea is also fabulous for your face, feet, and more says Reader’s Digest! In fact, black tea is an incredible beauty secret! Try these awesome suggestions and enjoy a more marvelous you while you indulge in a mug of your favorite flavor!

  1. Put the kibosh on a pesky pimple. 

Keep a spot from rearing its ugly head by covering it with a warm tea bag for several minutes. This just may shrink the zit, thanks to the tannins in black tea – they are thought to have antibacterial properties.

  1. Help feet smell sweet.

Stinky feet can get relief with a black tea footbath. Just soak your tired dogs every day for at least 15 minutes in a small tub of water that contains boiled black tea bags. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for sandal season!

  1. Calm a cut.

Next time you nick yourself, press a cool damp tea bag on the spot- black tea can act like an astringent and help stop the bleeding. Who needs Band-Aids?

  1. Say goodbye to grays.

Save time and money by heading to your kitchen instead of the salon. Make your own natural dye by following this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair without rinsing, and enjoy gorgeous colored strands.

  1. Pull the puff out of tired eyes.

Whether your eyes are hurting from allergies or a late night, tea can help peepers pop again.

Cover closed eyes with cool, damp tea bags for a couple minutes and you’ll look like you got at least 8 hours.

  1. Soothe a rash.

Help an itchy rash, such as Poison Ivy (so much for that nice outdoorsy walk, right?), feel much better by taking a soak in a tub filled with a few tea bags in it. Might as well treat yourself to a mug of tea (um, not from the bathwater!) while you’re relaxing in the bath!

Is tea one of your beauty tricks? Tell us all of your “beau-tea” secrets and tag #TeaProudly!

This Is Why Celiac Awareness Month Is Important To Bigelow Tea

A lot of passion, enthusiasm, pride and dedication goes into every cup of Bigelow Tea. And considering that 82 percent of Americans drink tea (that’s, like, more than 158 million people!), it’s especially important to address diet sensitivities and conditions of tea lovers – like Celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found only in these grains: barley, rye, oats and wheat. People who cannot have gluten – particularly those diagnosed with Celiac disease – have to watch what they eat. And what they buy. Symptoms of Celiac disease include diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, skin rash, joint or bone pain, abdominal bloating and anemia, so it’s important to restrict any gluten intake if you have this condition. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, it is estimated that 1 in 100 people worldwide are affected, and 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. That’s a whole lot! Thankfully, awareness is growing about gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance.

Good news, though: tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage! As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten-free.” All current Bigelow teas are formulated to be gluten-free!

You can even take your love of yummy tea a step further with Bigelow Tea’s extensive file of gluten-free recipes for inspiration and (of course!) great taste. At the end of the day, all tea lovers should be able to drink tea, share their love of tea, and, well, just #TeaProudly to their heart’s content!

Grab A Mug of Bigelow Tea And #RELAX With These 12 Stress-Relieving Tips

Does your stress stress you out to the point where you’re too stressed to deal with stress? Ugh. That’s the worst… It’s simple for people to tell you to just let it go, but sometimes, that’s easier said than done, right? Right. That’s why Bigelow Tea is equipping you with a few tips to get you through those challenging moments. And given that it’s Stress Awareness Month, there’s no better time, really! So, grab a mug of your favorite tea (BONUS TIP!) and scroll on down. Consider it our version of a pep talk.

  1. For starters, try to change your perception on how to handle stress. Be honest about what is working for you, and what’s not.
  2. Learn to say “no” when it’s appropriate. You’ll feel so much better once you begin to incorporate this into your life.
  3. Have the courage to ask for help when you need it! Whether you’re tackling a project or just need someone to talk to, asking for help is the first step towards positive progress.
  4. Give back. Performing random acts of kindness may be the secret to alleviating social anxiety, according to research. Studies have also shown that being nice makes us happier, less stressed and may even help us live longer. Oh, and don’t forget the whole altruism aspect… When you’re nice to someone, you just feel good. You have a bigger smile and an even bigger heart.
  5. Find better ways to manage your time by making a schedule or to-do list. Check, check, check… It’s just as rewarding to cross those items of a list as it is to complete them.
  6. Naturally Savvy, a good friend to Bigelow, suggests keeping it simple in the kitchen. While there are moments that call for fancy meals, a delicious, nutritious dinner can come together in 20 minutes or less. Another great trick is to plan your meals out ahead of time.
  7. Speaking of meals, take a look at what you’re eating and drinking. We found that some foods may even help reduce our crazy anxiety and help refuel for, well, life. After all, we all need the right fuel to conquer tomorrow and the next day and the next.
  8. We often take our stress home with us after a busy day, but taking some time to brew a hot cup of tea can be just the thing to slow down. And studies have shown that l-theanine, which is found in tea, is a powerful little amino acid which promotes relaxation and helps reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability – all without making you drowsy.
  9. Sleep better. Start making some snooze-inducing changes to feel rested and raring to go instead of wanting to hide under the covers. Nix the bedtime screen time, and try a hot bath or some gentle stretching.
  10. Practice self-care. It’s a fab way to recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Develop a mantra, breathe, drink a cup of tea, take a bubble bath, hug someone, cry or tidy up. Even a minute doing one of these things can help you feel better.
  11. Get your blood moving! Exercising is a great stress-reliever! Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and increase your overall health. Go take a walk or get to a fitness class. You’ll feel better afterward.
  12. Get outside. Harness the power of nature for easing stress. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

And while you’re drinking the wild air, why not drink a mug of tea? Aside from the benefits listed above, going through the ritual of boiling and steeping can help you take a step back. And tea is practically the mascot for a relaxing time. So, the next time you’re stressed, don’t look at it as a frazzled moment, look at it as an opportunity to #TeaProudly (a time when you are a proud tea drinker knowing you are doing good for yourself). Share your secret weapon against stress and share your favorite ways to unwind….tag your tips with #TeaProudly so we can all learn!

So Long, Winter! Start Fresh This Spring With These 6 Tips For Eating Clean (Tea Is One!)

 

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Alright, spring, do your thing! It’s the first day of the season and that means it’s the perfect time for a fresh start. Because in spring, freshness is everything—from flowers to food to a freshly-brewed glass of iced tea. Bigelow Tea, of course, has you covered… starting with these 6 tips on getting back on the clean-eating wagon!

  1. Stay hydrated! This one is soooo important. According to the American Heart Association, keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. In addition to lots of water, keep hydrated by adding tea to your daily routine. And, green teas are highest in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle—why not include a few cups to your day?
  2. Eat your colors! Add more veggies and fruit to your diet. Try one of these awesome (and EASY!) recipes to get yourself started: Chopped Veggie SaladSpinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette or Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad.
  3. Cut out the processed foods. Read the nutrition labels. If there are ingredients that you can’t pronounce, leave it on the shelf. By doing so, you can ensure that packaged produce, nuts, meats and other foods contain no added preservatives, sugars or unhealthy fats. We are what we eat, right?!
  4. Kiss goodbye to the refined carbs. Instead, focus on adding more whole grains—which have more nutrients and fiber—to your diet. Try to avoid ready-to-eat cereals, white bread and other refined carbs.
  5. Add more minimally-processed oils. It’s important to include a moderate amount of healthy fats in a clean eating regimen. Instead of margarine and vegetable oil, try to use extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil and butter from grass-fed cows. Besides, butter tastes better anyway…
  6. Slash that sugar! You may not be eating a pint of ice cream or guzzling cans of sugary soda, but that doesn’t mean sugar is absent from your diet. You’re likely eating added sugar throughout the day without even realizing it. Make an effort to consume foods in their natural, unsweetened state. (And, remember, life is all about moderation. So if you want some ice cream, enjoy a few scoops instead. Just get a few extra steps in to balance them out!)

What are your fave tips for leading a healthy lifestyle? Tag #TeaProudly with your best ideas or recipes!

Try These 4 Tips To Keep Your Eyes Healthy So You Can Enjoy Tea And A Good Book, Always!

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Tea and an awesome novel go together like bread and butter, macaroni and cheese, chocolate and anything … you get the picture! So why do we mention it? Well, March is Save Your Vision Month, and we want to make sure your eyes are feeling great so you can always enjoy the blissful break of relaxing into a cozy chair with a great read and a warm mug of your favorite tea!

Read on for some great, easy-to-follow tips for keeping your eyes on the prize—a mug of tea and a book you can easily read!

Put on those shades.

Be sure to wear sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection, and wear those glasses often- even on less sunny days. What a great excuse to buy a couple pairs, btw– keep one in your car, one in your bag, and one at work. Don’t forget to throw on safety goggles or glasses when playing sports or working with tools, too!

Follow the 20/20/20 rule.

Too much screen time can be uncomfortable for your peepers. The 20/20/20 rule lets eyes rest. Here’s how it works: whether you’re in front of the computer working or just playing on your phone or iPad, every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away or more for at least 20 seconds.

Get lots of antioxidants in your diet.

The saying that carrots are good for eyes is no joke! Fruits and veggies are chock full of healthy nutrients that research says can help protect eyes from age-related macular degeneration.

Drink green tea!

Speaking of antioxidants, the compounds, studies say, in green tea might possibly help to fight Glaucoma and other eye diseases. With all the amazing Bigelow tea varieties, your eyes and your taste buds will both be happy!

What Would Morning Be Without Tea?

bigelow tea recipesAre you the type for whom getting out of bed just doesn’t happen without a big soothing gulp of tea? Yeah, us too. Bigelow Tea is such a great drink to start your morning with because it can help get you going without all the caffeine of coffee. It’s a cozy, warm, and comforting way to ease into the day- plus it comes in tons of flavors!

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month, and considering that 54 percent of Americans treat themselves to some form of caffeine every day according to Health Research Funding, it’s definitely worth noting how much less caffeine there is in tea when compared to coffee. Here’s how it adds up:

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  • Black tea contains 30-60 mg of caffeine – half (way less!) than coffee.
  • Green tea has even less caffeine, around 25-50 mg.
  • Decaffeinated teas have about 1-8 mg of caffeine.
  • Herbal teas have no caffeine. (Making them perfect for bedtime, or anytime you need to chill out and relax!)

bigelow tea bigelow benefitsAs you can see, tea is a fabulous better-for-you alternative to a jolting shot of espresso! And speaking of better for you, Bigelow’s Benefits line is chock-full of ingredients that will help you radiate greatness inside and out. With options such as Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal Tea  and Blueberry and Aloe Herbal Tea, you can choose to boost your mood and body all day long without any caffeine! If you’re looking for a great morning tea in particular, check out Benefits Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea if you haven’t yet. The revved up mix of green tea, chili powder and turmeric is an awesome way to get an energy buzz!

So, what’s your wakeup routine? Share with us! Tag #TeaProudly and tell us which tea helps get you raring and ready to go in the morning!

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking With Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea green tea nailsAt any given moment, you’re likely to find us with our hands around a mug of Bigelow Tea, sipping while we wake up, work, or relax (loving tea is a proud 24/7 habit over here!)

As a fellow tea junkie, we bet you probably know by now that tea can be good for you on every level. When you sip a tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you’re enjoying a warm and tasty wellness journey as well as a way to lift your spirits. Whether shared with fellow tea-loving pals or on your own with a good book (one of our most favorite tea-related activities!), tea can have a place in everyone’s day! But did you know tea also has some truly awesome beauty benefits? Some studies say that green tea in particular is a terrific way to help your nails be healthier!  Who knew, and just how does that work?

  • The antioxidants in green tea, research say, (again, thank you Camellia Sinensis plant!) are thought to keep nails from getting brittle.
  • Green tea may not only help make nails appear to be stronger but might also help eliminate yellow discoloring (which can happen after getting one too many manicures L).
  • To help support your nails, simply soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes. Any variety of green tea should do the job. Soak regularly, and you may just see a big difference in your pretty little fingers!

So we want to know: how do you get gorgeous using tea? Tag your beauty and tea tips online with #TeaProudly  or visit us at www.teaproudly.com and share it there so we can try it too!

11 Tips To Help Celebrate American Heart Month!

bigelow tea wear red healthRed is Bigelow Tea’s favorite color this month! “Go big or go home” they say, so we’re pulling out all the stops to mark American Heart Month this year. We started by grabbing our most-loved red clothing items (and what a great chance to wear that red lipstick sitting in the drawer!) for National Wear Red Day on February 3rd, we have a “Healthy Eating Challenge” throughout the month of February for all employees, and we have our “Exercise Challenge” where we are urged to exercise 30 minutes, 3 times per week throughout the month.  So why should we all put so much “heart” into this month? Let’s get serious for a second. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. We can all make a difference by getting the below important info out to friends and family:

  1. study by the Boston University School of Medicine found a strong link between drinking black tea and arterial health in people who have heart disease, and we’ve mentioned before that black tea, studies say, has been shown to reverse abnormal functioning of blood vessels.
  2. Educate yourself on the signs/symptoms of heart disease
  3. Visit your physician for a regular check up
  4. Eat nutritious food
  5. Exercise daily
  6. If you smoke – make the effort to quit
  7. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  8. Try to manage your stress through relaxation techniques/meditation
  9. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol
  10. Help others by encouraging them to join you
  11. Laugh loud and laugh often!

How are you taking care of your heart this month? Post a pic, either in your fave red outfit or while doing a heart-healthy activity, and tag  #TeaProudly. (Extra points if it features a cup of Bigelow tea!)

Checkin Your Stress At The Front Door…As Long As Bigelow Tea Is Stocked In Your Kitchen!

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It’s 2017 and time for a change so please check all stress at the front door pronto! Ugh, easier said than done, right? Well, one thing we do know is that a nice, warm mug of tea always helps….that’s certainly our go-to (as you can already guess J). And, hey, we also found that some foods may even help reduce our crazy anxiety and help refuel for, well, life. After all, we all need the right fuel (tea and healthy food) to conquer tomorrow and the next day and the next.

So to start with the destressing, drink green tea! Green tea contains L-theanine, a free (nonprotein) amino acid. According to research, L-theanine produces a sense of relaxation by directly stimulating the production of alpha brain waves. In basic terms: a cup of green tea may be just the antidote to those pull-out-your-hair crazy days. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?!

In addition to sipping tea throughout the day, here are some foods that may also help combat stress: spinach, oatmeal, carrots, walnuts, and chocolate (!) to name a few. Luckily we have some awesome recipes that will help to pull those superfoods right into your next meal, which is awesome for so many tea drinkers who like to recover from mental exhaustion and anxiety through the ritual of cooking (while drinking tea, of course!). Let’s be real: tea + food = soothing, calming and deliciously perfect….a true #TeaProudly moment (or many!).  Enjoy these #TeaProudly recipes!

Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette

bigelow tea recipe saladIngredients

4 cups (1000mL) baby spinach leaves washed and dried (about 10 oz.)
1 – 8oz. (250mL) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 – 8oz. (250mL) can artichoke hearts (not in oil), drained

Optional Ingredients

2 medium-sized red apples, cubed (such as Red Delicious or Gala)
5 large ripe strawberries, cut up
1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
Tomato, cut up
4-5 pieces bacon, well cooked, drained and crumbled

Instructions

Combine baby spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use any or all of the optional ingredients. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Dress salad with any one of our delicious Bigelow® Tea Vinaigrette Dressing. Recipes for these dressing can be found in the Salad and Side Dish Category.

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

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Ingredients

1 cup (8 oz.) Brewed Charleston Tea Plantation Cinnamon Spice Tea or Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea
1/2 cup Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oats
Sugar or other desired sweetener

Instructions

Pour hot Cinnamon Spice Tea or Cinnamon Stick Tea into bowl. Add oats. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Sweeten to taste with sugar or other sweetener of choice.

Orange & Spice Pureed Carrots

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Ingredients

2 pounds (1kg) carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
12 Bigelow Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags
½ cup (125mL) milk
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter, melted
Ground pepper and salt to taste
5 shallots, peeled
1 ½ cups (375mL) vegetable oil
3 tablespoons (45mL) butter

When preparing this recipe please be sure to check all labels on all products you use to ensure that all items are gluten free.

Instructions

Prepare the carrots. Add 8 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags to 4 cups(1L) of boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cover carrots with tea and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, infuse milk by heating with 4 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Drain carrots and puree in a food processor and add melted butter and infused milk. The carrots should be very smooth. Place in a casserole and garnish if desired with crispy shallots. To make the garnish – slice shallots into very thin rings. In a saucepan heat oil with butter over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, add shallots and cook until they are a rich golden brown; about 30-40 minutes. Stir shallots occasionally while they are cooking to make sure they brown evenly. Remove shallots from oil, drain. Once the shallots have dried and are crisped, they can be stored for several days. Serve shallots on top of carrots.

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts

bigelow tea pomegranate saladIngredients

2 cups boiling water
Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
1 cup quinoa (try ‘red quinoa’ if you can find it, but any variety will work perfectly)
½ cup dried tart cherries (opt for pitted)
½ cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds, roughly chopped (You can substitute for walnuts or cashews)
½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine boiling water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of teabags and discard teabags. Place tea in a medium saucepan with quinoa. Bring to a boil, and then simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender (about 12 minutes). Stir occasionally. Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl and fluff with a fork. Add cherries, almonds, and parsley and stir to combine. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

bigelow tea brownie recipeIngredients

Bigelow® Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
½ cup water
1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup (1-½ sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
9 x 13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting. Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags. Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Bigelow Tea Helps To Soothe Those Sniffles!

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Ahhh-chooo! Yep, that is the sound of a darn cold (or worse) that always seems to happen right about now! Shout out to Bigelow for providing some tea relief! When feeling crappy, there seems to be nothing that can help as much as sipping (or chugging if things are really bad) a steaming mug of some of the best flavors of tea on the face of the earth. Hot tea just has a way of helping you out when you are down, right? We’re tea fans 100%, but we especially love how a hot mug rocks during cold and flu season…here are a few more tea tips to think about before, during and after this nasty cold season:

  • A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe just maybe! Black tea might help your body defend bacteria and viruses, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University. Drink up and drink often for the most benefits (you didn’t have to tell us that advice twice!)

So what’s your go-to tea when a cold or the flu has got you down for the count? Tag with #TeaProudly so we can all try your best tips!