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What Are Your Favorite Family Tea Memories?

bigelow tea memoriesOne of the tea facts we love most about Bigelow is how making tea and sharing a mug together transcends generations – whether you’re just discovering tea for the first time or have spent many years being a tea fan, everyone can turn teatime into time well spent together! Tea is truly a feel good beverage – not just good for your own well-being but for your favorite company too. We think tea is the catalyst for the best memories!

And speaking of awesome memorable family moments, we just had to share these stories from our tea community which are super amazing examples of how tea brings families closer.

Doreen MacDonald:

As a little girl, my mother would pour me a little cup of “Constant Comment”® when she fixed herself a pot of tea in the evening. Such a wonderful memory of the time shared and the smell of the fresh brewed tea. I still have the cup……

Maria La Fave:

Sitting with my mom and drinking tea (Bigelow Plantation Mint actually). We always used to sit by my family’s old wood stove and sip two, sometimes three cups, while talking the morning away. I have since moved to another state, but those will always remain some of my fondest memories.

Pat New Fearnside:

Constant Comment”® — Growing up, when we had snow days with no school, we’d come in from the cold and Mother would make a teapotful of it. So good! I also add it to my iced tea.

Lin Gregerson:

Still my favorite since late 1950’s when Mom would fix little cups of it as a treat for us girls. Just bought 2 boxes of the decaf to enjoy in the evenings. If I’m craving something sweet, just adding a dash of mild honey or sugar really brings out the orange flavor and nips the craving quickly.

What’s your family’s tea tradition? Share it and tag #TeaProudly.

From Tea Entrepreneur To The White House, Bigelow Tea Presents Four Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped History

bigelow tea constant comment ruth bigelowThere’s an unattributed quote circling the Internet these days—maybe you’ve seen it? “Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” And, goodness, that quote certainly rings true, especially during Women’s History Month. Which is why Bigelow Tea wanted to take a moment to recognize a few notable women, all of whom share a common thread: They were born in 1896. Let’s start with one that you’re probably a bit familiar with (I mean, you’re on the Bigelow Tea Blog, right?!).

Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Entrepreneur

bigelow tea ruth campbell bigelow In 1945, inspired by an early Colonial recipe and dissatisfied with the tea that was commonplace in the 1940s, Ruth Campbell Bigelow focused her energy on making a better cup of tea in the kitchen of her New York City brownstone. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea in the country. After that, she didn’t look back—“Constant Comment,”® and the Bigelow Tea Company we know and love was born. Today, we don’t need to look far to be touched by the leadership and spirit of pioneering women. At the helm of the family-owned company is third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow. Before assuming the role in 2005, Cindi spent 20 years in virtually all areas of the company that her grandmother founded. When you’re raised in an environment that embraces female leadership, you’re bound to step up, pitch in and find success.

Ethel Waters, Jazz Musicianbigelow tea ethel waters

The next time you choose a jazz playlist on Spotify, think of Ethel Waters. Ethel was an American blues, jazz and gospel singer and actress. Despite a very tragic and difficult childhood, she made history, garnering many recognitions and “firsts.” She was the first African American woman to appear on radio (in 1922), star in a show at the Palace Theater in New York (in 1925) and in a commercial network radio show (in 1933), and the first singer to introduce 50 songs that became hits (in 1933). She was also the first African American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award in 1962. Recognized as one of the best blues singers of all time, Ethel also performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Talk about a star.

Louise McManus, Science Extraordinaire

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Louise McManus was the first nurse to earn a Ph.D. As a member of the Teachers College of Columbia University faculty beginning in 1925, Louise founded the Institute of Research and Service in Nursing Education. She also helped to develop nationally standardized methods for nursing licensure in the United States, and created a “Patient Bill of Rights,” later adopted by the Joint Commission in Accreditation of Hospitals. Another scientist deserving of an honorable mention born the same year was Czech-American biochemist Gerty Theresa Cori. Gerty became the third woman—and first American woman—to win a Nobel Prize in science, and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Thanks to the contributions of these trailblazing females, women today enter the fields of science and medicine with great role models.

Mamie Eisenhower, Fashionista With A Passion For Civil Rightsbigelow tea mamie eisenhower

A 1950s fashionista and self-defined hostess, Mamie Eisenhower was an American first lady and the wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower. She was also a woman who held a penchant for entertaining heads of state and leaders of foreign governments, and for the color pink. Actually, she decorated the White House with so much pink that the White House press corps referred to the place as “The Pink Palace.” The pretty pastel, which is now iconic to 1950s decorating (how about those pink bathrooms?), became known at “Mamie Pink.” However, Mamie was more than just the hostess with the most-ess.

She led the local and national fundraising drives for the American Heart Association in 1956, and later supported increased benefits and the formation of a retirement community for military personnel and widows. She also took a stand to combat segregation through such symbolic acts as inviting African American children to the White House Easter Egg Roll, and she accepted an honorary membership to the National Council of Negro Women.

Whether they’re revolutionizing a beverage market or breaking down social barriers, these women made their mark in history, and it reminds us all that we have the opportunity to do the same. And when you need a break from being absolutely amazing, sit back and regroup with a cup of tea. It’s a perfect way to recharge – you’ve got a lot to do, after all! Tag #TeaProudly on social media and tell us how YOU will go down in history.

Image of Ethel Waters by Florida Keys Public Library via Flickr
Image of Louisa McManus, courtesy of The Women Hall of Fame
Image of Mamie Eisenhower by Terry Saffron via Flickr

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!

How To Plan Your Wedding With Help From Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea loversFebruary is the month of romance, and Bigelow Tea is in the mood for sharing the love!  Besides celebrating Valentine’s Day, it’s also National Wedding Month, not a big surprise when you think about how many couples get engaged over the holiday season (maybe even you did!)

For all the loud and proud tea drinkers, there are so many fabulous ways to incorporate your favorite beverage of all time into one of the biggest days of your life!

  • Of course, a wedding at the historic Charleston Tea Planation is definitely one dreamy place to pledge your love to your “Bae.” The historic venue drips with good ol’ Southern charm, and is the scene for countless weddings every year for good reason. Besides being gorgeous with acres of tea plants and classical architecture, couples can pledge their love under the “wedding tree”, the plantation’s oldest live Oak; can you say romantic?
  • Tea can also be a part of the special day in so many other amazing and creative ways, both big and small. It can be as simple as sipping a mug on the day to calm pre-wedding jitters – tea is chock full of good stuff known as L-Theanine, an amino acid that research has found may help you chill out and go with the flow.
  • Or, serve up a signature tea cocktail for your wedding toast! Guests will go nuts for this super memorable, celebratory champagne punch:

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

bigelow tea punch

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water
Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags*
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

Instructions

Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove. Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir. Serve immediately.

  • Guess what else? Tea is a top trick for bridal beauty. With all eyes on the rock on that all-important finger, hands will be in full focus, so what better way to get gorgeous nails than with green tea? Soaking fingers in this drink for about 10 to 15 can strengthen brittle and weak nails and also get rid of discoloration from overdosing on dark nail polish.
  • And should a giant zit threaten to make an unwelcome guest appearance on the big day, keep tea close by- its astringent qualities can help shrink a breakout by just putting a warm tea bag on the bump for a few minutes.

So whether you’ve been there done that or are still headed towards holy matrimony, share the love with us by posting all your most fave wedding planning tips and tagging #TeaProudly!

5 Reasons To #TeaProudly With Us

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Sooo… this whole #TeaProudly thing… you’ve seen it on social media, maybe you’ve even used the hashtag. If not, let’s have a recap. First and foremost, #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together.

Where did it all begin, you may wonder? Well, you know how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on—one tea bag at a time—we have reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag, so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea (listen to president and CEO Cindi Bigelow explain #TeaProudly and what it means to the family and the company!).

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right?

  1. Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we especially love that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.
  2. Tea is now considered trendy, with 42 percent of Americans under age 30 preferring to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  3. Tea is warm and cozy. It soothes the soul, one cup at a time.
  4. Tea connects people, invites conversation and makes memories.
  5. #TeaProudly is a celebration for those who take pride in even the little things. And for those who find joy in the simplicity of the day-to-day—like these awesome #TeaProudly mugs.

bigelow tea prouly mugs

Just think, millions of us share the love of tea in common. This, we believe, is something to talk about… something to share. As an industry leader, we are taking the very tea movement
we inspired in America to the next level. We are building a Tea Proudly community and we’re welcoming tea lovers across the country to chime in.

Tell us why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea. And we showed you one of our favorite #TeaProudly mugs—what’s yours?

Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments (and mugs!) using #TeaProudly and let’s share a cup or two together!  And while celebrating our tea drinking together, why not win tea prizes by entering here!!  Good luck!

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!!

bigelow tea scone and mug

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.