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In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind!

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Did anyone ever say to you, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?” Well, they’re onto something. Being kind and nice and good is, well, pretty incredible. And on Random Acts of Kindness Day, Bigelow Tea has a few suggestions on how to bring a little good into the lives of others. First, though, why is kindness so important? Well, let’s just say it’s because being nice is, in the words of Bigelow Tea president and CEO Cindi Bigelow, an endangered virtue. It’s a shame, too, because there’s a lot of really cool research out there that suggests kindness is good for you. See for yourself!

  • 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.
  • Research also suggests that being nice in the workplace is good for both individual workers and for businesses as a whole. Harvard Business School’s Amy Cuddy and her research partners found that leaders who project warmth and kindness are more effective than those who lead with their toughness and skill. Why? Because employees feel greater trust with a leader who is kind. Plus, those who are compassionate and more in tune with other people’s emotions may be more successful at work.
  • Being nice may make you more attractive. (!) According to some rather encouraging research, being a good person could actually make people perceive you as more attractive. Thumbs up to that!

We think Cindi’s words put it best: “You see, in my mind, it’s of incredible importance, even though, I will admit, ‘niceness’ isn’t on any curriculum at any liberal arts college I’ve visited. Furthermore, ‘niceness’ isn’t part of any professional performance evaluation in Corporate America, probably because we sometimes operate under the misguided notion that nice guys, and girls, finish last.  I’m here to dispel that notion. I look for ‘nice.’ I need to see ‘nice,’ not only in my kids, but also in my employees — all of them. “

So, do something nice for someone today. Ask someone to sit down over a cup of tea to talk; you’d be surprised how many people would appreciate the outlet. Or simply handing off a cup of tea to someone can help relieve stress or give them an excuse to relax for a moment. We’re not saying tea is the only way to be kind, but it’s an amazing jumping-off point, so why not start there?

How will you show kindness today? Join the conversation by tagging #TeaProudly on social media. Be kind, be good, be nice… after all, we’re all in this together, right?

Rise And Shine, It’s Breakfast Time! 6 Bigelow Tea Tips For Your Morning Motivation!!

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Whether you know it as breakfast, brekkie, or “grabbing-this-to-go-because-I-was-late-five-minutes-ago!,” the first meal of the day is pretty darn awesome. The word breakfast literally means to break the fasting period of the prior night. And, during National Hot Breakfast Month, we think nothing pairs with that all-important meal like a hot cup of Bigelow Tea. So, in celebration of breakfast and its lovers, here are some fun facts…

  1. Did you know that the average starting time for breakfast in the U.S. is 8:12 a.m.? (Would you agree or are you still pressing snooze at that time?)
  2. The most popular place to eat breakfast is at home at the table, followed by the couch. There’s nothing like enjoying eggs with a side of morning news, right?!
  3. In the United States, breakfast is the most frequently skipped meal. Actually, about 10% of the U.S. population opt out of breakfast! (Now this one was a bit surprising. Who doesn’t enjoy the deliciousness of a fresh-cooked breakfast like Orange and Spice Belgian Waffles or Caramel Glazed Coffee Cake??)
  4. Hot breakfast food (Eggs! Waffles! Pancakes! Cinnamon buns! Banana bread! BACON!) is surprisingly a recent-ish invention. The concept didn’t really exist in the U.S. until the mid- to late-1800s, according to Abigail Carroll, food historian and author of Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal. Apparently, people preferred to eat food that looked a lot like dinner or a snack—cheese and bread, or leftovers. So, if you’re having leftover pizza, you’re just being traditional.bigelow tea cinnamon bun
  5. Looking for the best breakfast choice? Aim for fiber and protein. To get the most vitamins and minerals in the morning, the Mayo Clinic recommends eating a breakfast made up of whole grains, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables. Consider foods like oatmeal, eggs or peanut butter. Looking for yummy recipes? Try making Miniature Vegetable Quiches or Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal.
  6. Prefer a dish that’s a bit sweeter? We don’t blame ya. And, frankly, eating a sugary treat in the morning (Those Vanilla Chai Tea Infused Cinnamon Rolls are looking yummier and yummier) may help curb sweet tooth cravings later in the day, according to some research.

Of course, we recommend a cup of tea to go with your starting meal. Not only can it enhance the flavors of your breakfast, it’s the perfect morning ritual—energize with a cup of English Breakfast or simply start your day off with your favorite flavor. Regardless of what you sip with breakfast, we want to hear about it. Tea early and #TeaProudly—which is your favorite breakfast tea go-to?

Happy Valentine’s Day Love Bigelow Tea

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The Many Ways Bigelow Tea is All About Green

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Bigelow Tea is so much more than just a tasty mug of tea; our company also helps save the Earth. Yes, that sounds like quite the statement, but it’s the truth- we believe in practicing business philosophies that help, not harm. It’s right there in our mission statement: “Do the right thing and good things will follow.” So how does our company do sustainabiliTea proudly? Here are some of our many, many ways:

We’re Powered By The Sun.

We are hugely in favor of supporting renewable energy and reducing emissions, to keep our planet in good shape for future generations.  We’ve done this by installing 880 solar panels at our Connecticut headquarters. Every year, this effort produces about 200,000 kWh, which is enough energy to power 527 homes for an entire year – with nothing but the power of the sun. So how does this affect pollution levels? It equals a reduction in pollution roughly equivalent to 200,000 car miles removed from the highways each year. Sit back and sip to that!

We’ve Made An Energy Efficient Environment.

We’ve spent many years reducing our energy use, leading to a nearly 10 million kWh reduction. And we’ve reduced energy by over 2.5 million kWh in just our Fairfield plant alone through energy efficiency measures. In laymen’s terms, that’s the equivalent of planting 41 million trees. How have we done this? One way is by replacing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs in all offices in all our facilities. Yes, it can be that simple to save the Earth.

We Say No to Landfills. 

We have a company-wide commitment to achieving “Zero Waste to Landfill” status. What that means is we’re following the guidelines of the Zero Waste Alliance, which says that a company can claim being a zero waste to landfill facility if no more than 10 per cent of their waste ends up in a landfill. Guess what? Our company diverts 94% of its solid waste company wide, meaning we have actually surpassed the official guideline. We recycle, and then recycle some more, and

reduce/reuse/compost, all leading to be a Zero Waste to Landfill Company.

We’ve Made A Modern Tea Plantation.

We purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003, saving the land from development to turn it into America’s own tea garden. This special spot features 127 acres of beauty (and incredible tea leaves!) and welcomes visits from thousands of tea lovers yearly. We’re proud of the Bigelow family’s hard work to keep the traditional tea plantation alive and well with a modern twist!

We Work With Green Suppliers.  

We’re also very proud to work with an environmentally responsible supplier. A couple of the amazing things being done there to ensure our much-loved drink is created with only the crème de la crème of practices:

  • We’re keeping our tea facilities as warm and cozy as the drink thanks to installation of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls, which are 83% more energy efficient compared to traditional walls;
  • We’re fans of geothermal heating and cooling units; using this method for heating or cooling the entire building expansion uses only 1/14th the energy you would need if you used oil.

We know you love tea as much as we do; that’s why we are so delighted to keep our #TeaProudly community in the loop about all about the modern-day environmental choices that keeps that delicious tea in your cup while saving the planet, especially during Go Green Week. Learn more about all the amazing things we’re up to and share with us how you #TeaProudly the “green” way.

This Is What Made Ruth Campbell Bigelow So Special To The World Of Tea

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Today is a very important day at Bigelow Tea; it’s the birthday of fearless company founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow (perfect timing as it’s also National Women Inventor’s Month…another reason to celebrate Ruth’s accomplishments!). Although Ruth passed away in 1966, this incredible lady is still the source of inspiration for everything that the Bigelow family accomplishes as they continue a third generation of ownership of a tea company that reinvented tea in America. To think it all started in 1945 in Ruth’s kitchen where she diligently mixed and blended and mixed some more until she had a creation of black tea, orange rind and sweet spices that ended up being a source of “Constant Comment” among everyone who sipped this special tea flavor. And here we are today with an ever-growing community (a true #TeaProudly movement is what we call it!) of incredibly devoted tea lovers as passionate as we are about tea!

Honor Ruth today by getting cozy with a cup of “Constant Comment”® and smiling at some of these family stories that show just what Ruth was really made of:bigelow tea constant coment cup and saucer

Back in the early days when Ruth was struggling to get her product to hit it big, a shopkeeper confided to her that he left open a container of “Constant Comment”® because the
customers loved the tea’s amazing aroma. “One whiff and they’re sold!” is what he allegedly told a proud Ruth! From then on, she included an extra whiffing jar in her tea cases so that store owners could keep it next to the cash register, where a sniff led to a sale!

Another famous story: The company moved from New York to Connecticut in 1955, and hurricanes almost completely destroyed the building, leading to the Bigelow family’s own “Connecticut Tea Party”! But Ruth and Co. didn’t get knocked down- with her guidance, they got right back up and rebuilt!

Ruth is the one who said it best herself in this letter from 1945 that sums up what gave her the strength to build up a business out of nothing but sheer grit, determination and imagination – the lady was truly ahead of her time, so take a moment to read it!

Fast forward to 2017– one tea bag a time, Ruth’s kitchen creation has become an American institution with over 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas. So today take a big sip from your mug in Ruth’s honor!

How will you celebrate Ruth’s birthday? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly!

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!)

French Madeleines and Bigelow Green Tea? Yes Please!

biogelow tea classic green tea mugThe light and refreshing taste of Bigelow Tea’s Classic Green Tea is, well, simply sippable! As one Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Nicolette Simmonsposted, “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine.” Green tea comes from the Camellia sinesis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation. This results in an ultra smooth flavor that is lower in caffeine and more delicate than the typical black tea. Green tea also is high in polyphenols known as EGCG, making it a wonderful component to a healthy lifestyle.

While green tea goes well with everything from fish to veggies, it’s also particularly well matched to a light and sweet treat, such as a simple cookie like French Madeleines. The Tea Association of Canada has a particularly handy chart that advises on what types of teas pair well with various types of foods which is super handy!  Never heard of a tea and food pairing?  Then check out the chart but then try a few of your own matches to come up with new combinations.

While we’re on the topic, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the heavier the tea, the more hearty the food, such as Earl Gray with an Orange Beef and Broccoli dish, or Darjeeling served with a Roast Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Cider Apples. On the other side of the spectrum, one very light combination might be Lemon Ginger Tea paired with Orange and Spice Pureed Carrots. But back to this particular tea pairing – you have to try this scrumptious Madeleines cookie recipe (by Bigelow Tea fan Jen) in your own kitchen, accompanied by a cup of green. So “delish”!

FRENCH MADELEINES

bigelow tea madeline recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.
  3. Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.
  5. Add the remaining one tablespoon of flour to the 3 tablespoons reserved butter and stir to combine.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the interiors of the shells with the butter-flour mixture so that they are well coated.
  7. Preheat the oven and fill pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  8. Fill each well in the madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.
  9. Bake the madeleines. Place both pans on a baking sheet for easy handling and place in the oven. Check after 8 minutes
  10. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle. Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump — when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.
  11. Cool and dust with sugar. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

Tell us: what food pairings would you like to try?

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.

When Life Gives You Bigelow Tea I Love Lemon, Smile!

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Pucker up! Lemons are tart, tangy, citrusy and sour, and they add an abundance of flavor to life. It’s no wonder that Bigelow Tea has real lemon peel in a number of flavors. One in particular is even named for how much people enjoy the fruit—I Love Lemon (because who doesn’t?).

Throughout history, lemons have been used for many purposes—as a remedy for epilepsy, a toothpaste, invisible ink and even a bleaching agent. Though the lemon’s origins are said to have come from the base of the Himalayan Mountains, the fruit is now cultivated in tropical and temperate climates around the world, with California leading production in the United States.

It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but they are also a good source of iron, fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, and copper, as well as bigelow tea lemon rindfolate and potassium. Research has suggested that lemons may help with DNA cell protection, immune system regulation and inflammation relief.

bigelow tea I love LemonAs a third generation family-owned company, Bigelow Tea is proud to have partnered with a family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years. As an essential ingredient in 23 of Bigelow Tea’s blends, lemon peel requires the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California, the lemons used are 100% USA-grown and meet strict USDA, FDA, and California standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

And those lemons make the perfect ingredient for the delicious I Love Lemon herbal tea. Made with lemongrass, lemon peel and lemon verbena, this flavor is the go-to for lemon lovers. Kimberly from Walden loves drinking it hot with honey, and enjoys it as part of her morning ritual. It’s one more way the sour lemon can make your day a little sweeter!

Practice Mindfulness When You Brew A Cup of Tea

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How many of you made the 2017 resolution to slow down and enjoy the little things in life? Or perhaps you have promised to practice meditation or mindfulness, but struggle to keep your brain quiet in the first few minutes. We get it. Really. That’s why we love the idea of bringing mindfulness to simple activities we already know and love—like brewing and enjoying a cup of tea.

When was the last time you paid attention to each step in making your tea? It’s easy for our days to be driven by habit, and even easier to go through the motions of something as easy as boiling water or opening a pouch of Bigelow Tea. However, by consciously directing our attention to the ritual of making tea, we can slow things down and let ourselves become aware of each step. And it is in those mindful moments where we are paying attention to all of our senses—the sound of the water being poured, the wafting scent of the tea as it steeps, the touch of the warm mug as you bring it to your lips, the delicious taste of your favorite flavor as you sip. Pretty cool, huh? It sounds relaxing just thinking about it!

Here are a few suggested tips from mindful.org to help you practice mindfulness during your next teatime:

  1. Pay attention to the sound of the water heating and boiling in the kettle. Hear its bubbling and gurgling. Can you see wisps of steam coming from the spout? Does the kettle subtly shake from the movement of the water inside?
  2. Pouring the tea, watch the color of the water change as it meets the teabag. Be interested in the transformation from clear water to tea, and the sound of the liquid as it fills the cup.
  3. As you remove the teabag, let yourself hear any related sounds. Do you throw it away in the trash can or the compost pile? Does the lid open and close? Do you add a splash of milk or a sweetener? Does the spoon make noise as your stir the tea?
  4. Notice the warming of the cup that contains the hot liquid. How do your hands feel as you hold it?
  5. Now, bring the cup to your lips. Be aware of how your arm and hand move. Are you sitting? Standing? Notice how your body feels.
  6. Take a sip of tea. Rather than gulping it down, see if you can let the taste tickle your tongue. Perhaps gently move the liquid around your mouth. Savor the taste. Feel the heat of the tea as you swallow.
  7. Continue drinking the tea until the cup is empty or you decide to stop drinking. Has the tea gone cold, has the taste changed, is there an impulse to get on with your next activity?

Of course these aren’t strict steps to follow. The key is to open yourself up to the ritual of making tea, and appreciate each moment, sense by sense. It’s also a great opportunity to pause. Breathe. Connect. And recognize how tea can truly sooth the soul.

Let us know if you try practicing mindful tea drinking and tag your special moment of bliss with #TeaProudly.