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How Sweet It Is, Indeed: Bigelow Tea Explores Honey!

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Calling all honey lovers! As one of the most popular sweeteners to add to a cup of Bigelow Tea, honey is rich in flavor and history. And for National Honey Month, we thought we’d explore nature’s thick, sweet, syrupy treat.

Honey has a long history – production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. 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 can offer a quick energy boost.

A lot of work goes into each 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. Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. Last year, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where our headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf. Bigelow’s Green Team recently 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 our day, so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea, or try our Honey and Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea before turning in for the night. It’s a great way to make your day that much sweeter!

Tea is a Singer’s Best Friend for Anette Olzon

So, when you belt it out several times a week during a concert tour, what’s the best remedy? According to Anette Olzon, the powerful voice and femme fatale of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, it’s a cup of green tea with honey before the start of a show.

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Photo Courtesy of Nightwish Website

If anyone would know how to soothe those vocal chords, it would be Olzon. Do you think she goes for the exotic flavors such as mango or pomegranate, or is she a stickler for simplicity? Thoughts?

No Umbrellas Please, Just Tea

It seems that the superstar from Barbados, Rihanna, wants to have tea available at all times. The singer made famous for her hit song, “Umbrella,” requests that a teapot (among other things) always be available to her while on tour. As for the umbrellas, well they’re not quite so lucky.

Rihanna supposedly banned fans from bringing umbrellas into her shows due to the high rate of accidents amongst the audience. The “Good Girl Gone Bad” as her CD is named has some stranger requests, including 100 kilograms of popcorn, garlic and two packs of pink bubblegum.

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Photo courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

As for the tea, well she takes that with honey. According to Rihanna, it’s what helps her prepare herself before a performance. On an interview with The TODAY Show, she said, “Before a show, I usually just drink tea.”

Whether she goes for a soothing chai or the calming chamomile tea with honey, tea fans now have a connection to the talented, young pop star!

Dynamic Duo: Tea & Honey

Like Batman and Robin, tea and honey make a Dynamic Duo.  It is delicious and soothing as the blog, Laurelonhealth notes.  Now it turns out, like tea, honey has health benefits too!  In fact, Reuters reported on a study showing that a spoonful of honey can quiet children’s nighttime cough and help them sleep better.  When compared to the cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan or no treatment, honey proved to be more effective.  The study compared three groups of children:  one was given buckwheat honey, the other honey-flavored detromenthorphan, and the third, no treatment.  In addition to this report, MSNBC.com also spoke about honey in its report 90 seconds to amazing health.  Another study found honey to slow the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which facilitates plaque in the blood vessels.  Honey, according to the report, also has antibacterial properties when applied topically to a wound.

Next time you let that honey slowly drip into your tea, just remember, it’s more than just a sweetener…

Green Tea in Demand for Mandy Moore

Performer Mandy Moore is on a roll. On the heels of two large movie releases – “Because I Said So” and “License to Wed” – she’s recently launched a new album and concert tour. But when MTV caught up with her in August, they wanted the scoop on any diva-like behavior. Did she have any quirks, like her recent co-star Billy Crudup?

An obliging Moore admitted just one, her love for green tea. “Before I go onstage to sing, I like a mug of green tea with honey,” she stated. “I’m very particular about it though,” Mandy continued. “I have to have it. I have to have my green tea and honey or else I’m just not going to sing. There you have it.”

After a quick listen to her vocals you might forgive this indulgence! This young lady may be smart to insist on green tea. Just check out the streaming audio at her official website and see if you agree.

Good tea for a Cold!

I have a new favorite combo brew of the week… perfect during flu and cold season (which seems to be all around me!!)

Take one tea bag each I Love Lemon herbal and Ginger Snappish herbal, brew together in one cup, add a little dollop of honey.

If you are not feeling well, I guarantee you will feel better and if you are currently healthily (lucky you!), have this combo everyday to ward off those pesky germs!  My friend at work just made one up for me-it is FABULOUS!

Cindi Bigelow

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