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This Is What Balance Tastes Like…The Bigelow Tea Way

Okay, so when you think of the word balance, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s finding time for you – learning how to balance everything in your life (and within yourself) or attempting to identify more work/life balance. Or, perhaps it’s more literal – “I want to balance my checkbook this weekend!” (said no one ever). Well, whatever the word conjures, guess what – we can do it all with a cup of Bigelow Benefits Balance (Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal Tea). After all, it’s got Balance in its name!

What’s even better, is that this tea was blended with a certain purpose in mind: while finding that inner balance, its hearty cinnamon and blackberry ingredients are so satisfying, you’ll likely want to skip the addition of sweetener and help balance your sugar intake. And, hey, after the most indulgent holiday season ever, we’re cool with that.

It’s all about ingredients you know and tastes you will love, right?! A beautiful (and balanced!) blend of cinnamon, lemongrass, blackberry, fennel, apples and elderberries, each cup of Bigelow Tea Benefits Balance is *totally* delicious. It’s robust and fruity with the perfect amount of spice.

And check this out: some of these ingredients go back thousands of years. Cinnamon was believed to have been first used as a perfuming agent during the embalming process around 2000 BC in Egypt. There is also evidence from the Iron Age Haraldskær Woman that she consumed blackberries some 2500 years ago, so these berries have been a foodie favorite for a long time!

Give this Bigelow Benefits tea a try and brew a pot for some friends or gift a box to someone who needs it. Any way you #TeaProudly is another way more people get to enjoy the incredible power and delicious flavor of tea!

Make A Resolution To Drink More Tea!


Okay. Let’s talk about soda. Yeah, yeah, you may know it’s not good for you—but at the same time, it can be totally tough to resist. Come on, who doesn’t remember guzzling it down at the movies (those sugary-sweet chick flicks, though…) and the fizz! Ahh… there’s nothing quite like soda bubbles on a hot day, right?! But, listen, a single can often contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. Imagine digging into a sugar bowl a few times and it’s basically the same thing. For the sake of your teeth, your body and your brain, it’s time to kick the sugary habit to the curb. And what better way to escape the soda cycle so than by changing out that 20-ounce bottle for a cup of Bigelow Tea? Here’s why you should be drinking less soda, plus some tips on how to make the transition a little bit easier…

Are you so into soda? The more you drink (and that’s regular soda or diet), the worse it may be for your health. In fact, some research suggests that drinking sugary soda – and artificial sweeteners and additives – is strongly linked to weight gain, may cause insulin resistance, and may contribute to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In the words of celebrity no-nonsense fitness trainer and all-around rockstar Jillian Michaels, “Drinking soda is worse than smoking cigarettes.” Yikes!

But you still need to stay hydrated! This is soooo important. Let’s say you kick the soda habit. You still need to drink something! 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. Plus, sugary sodas tend to dehydrate you or send you into a sugar crash, so it’s best to make a change. 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 in the #TeaProudly community and beyond make it part of their healthy lifestyle—why not include a few cups to your day?

Chances are pretty good you can make the switch. In 2012, a Gallup poll found that 48% of Americans drink at least one glass of soda a day. That means there’s a 50-50 chance you’re a frequent soda drinker. No judgment! Check your watch. Is it soda o’clock? Not so fast. Try to exchange the go-to soft drink for a cup of tea or jazz up some water by adding fresh fruit. Love the bubbles? Switch to seltzer. Go ahead, you can do it!

Bottom line. Whether you’re avoiding a short-term crash or looking out for your long-term health, your body will thank you once you eliminate this common beverage habit. The good news is about 63% of people are now trying to avoid soda, according to a recent poll – just make sure you’re still hydrating!

Have you switched out soda for tea recently? Tag #TeaProudly and tell us how it’s going!

This is Why You Should Celebrate National Hot Tea Month With “Constant Comment” Tea

Ahhh……January. A time to recuperate from all that holiday cheer, snuggle up, and get warm and cozy with a nice hot cup of Bigelow Tea. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? And guess what? January is extra special because it’s also National Hot Tea Month, which is a pretty big deal at family-owned Bigelow Tea!

Speaking of all things tea, let’s talk about classic “Constant Comment” and how it came to be. Inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, in 1945 Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen with the idea of creating a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with her first cup of specialty tea. Ruth gave the blend to friends who later told her the tea “was a source of constant comment.” Her tea found a name and the Bigelow Tea Company was born. Pretty neat, huh?!

Ruth knew she had created something special, so she took “Constant Comment” to sell in every store she could find. A shopkeeper told Ruth that he opened the container of tea so customers could get a whiff of its incredible aroma and it began flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew! (Hooray!)

“Constant Comment” has stood the test of time and has been one of America’s most beloved specialty teas for over 70 years! Come to think of it, people are still “commenting” with #TeaProudly all over the web! (How’s that for staying power?!) To this day, the secret recipe of black tea, rind of oranges and sweet spice is still blended only by Bigelow Tea Co-Chairs Eunice and David Bigelow.

Whether you like the sweet spice of “Constant Comment” or prefer to sip one of Bigelow Tea’s other 150 flavors, there’s no denying tea is something special that warms the hearts of so many people all over the world. So grab a friend, your favorite mug, some Bigelow Tea and #TeaProudly during National Hot Tea Month! (Woo-hoo!)

Tea with Benefits… Bigelow Tea’s Wellness Boost Is Perfect For Those 2018 Resolutions

New year, new you?  Of course!  It’s time to put that “it’s time to take care of my body” new year’s resolution into action by committing to eating natural foods and wholesome ingredients first which is a great way to start, right?? We all know the ‘you are what you eat’ saying, but the #TeaProudly community also proclaims you are what you drink and who doesn’t agree with that?!  That’s where Bigelow Tea comes in with an expansive range of teas that everyone can turn to all day and every day.

With Bigelow Benefits, the Bigelow family combined their love of tea with amazing flavor while being conscious of using healthy ingredients to make the perfect cup of tea. Bigelow Benefits’ seven flavor range of teas feature beneficial herbs, flowers and fruits selected to provide specific natural wellness aspirations.  The result? Delicious hot or iced herbal teas that address or support health and beauty goals every day.

We’re thinking that 2018 is going to be a great year and whatever comes your way (both good and bad), Bigelow has got you covered with 150 flavors including the powerhouse teas in the Benefits line.  Check out what each tea offers and why you’ll want to keep them on hand in 2018 and beyond.  Happy tea drinking #TeaProudly people!!

Goal – Radiant Beauty / Benefits Tea – Blueberry & Aloe Herbal – a fruity flavored tea that offers those skin loving antioxidant ingredients needed daily

Goal – Stay Well / Benefits Tea -Lemon & Echinacea – the amazing flower known for its healing touch, blends with tasty and potent lemon to keep – or get you – feeling better

Goal – Balance / Benefits Tea – Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea – keep calm and drink tea! Earthy cinnamon and blackberry provide the soothing notes for daily balance in this blend

Goal – Calm Stomach / Benefits Tea – Ginger & Peach – the antidotal tummy tamer blends with peach for the tastiest way to address an ailing stomach

Goal – Sleep / Benefits Tea –  Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea – natural ingredients trusted for their calming effect combine for easing into the healthiest rest

Goal – Good Mood / Benefits Tea – Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea – a complex blend of mood boosting ingredients, did someone say chocolate, make a bad day instantly better, and delicious

Goal – Refresh / Benefits Tea – Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea – an innovative green tea paired with super-ingredients matcha, turmeric and a pepper kick for a non-caffeine energy jolt

Which Bigelow Tea Seasonal Flavor Will Be YOUR Favorite? 

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors are here! Not sure which one to try first? Take a quiz and let the answer guide you… all the way to the store (or Bigelow Tea website!) to stock up. Are you ready? Set? Snow!

  1. When it comes to this time of the year, you are:
    A.   SO. EXCITED. THIS IS THE BEST TIME! All the lights, cheer and wintry goodness!
    B.   Pretty cool with it! Sometimes, I think it’s crazy that people start to decorate before Thanksgiving, but whatever.
    C.   Chill. (And not just because it’s cold outside.)
    D.   I’d rather close my door to it all and hibernate through the season. (Bah, humbug.)
  2. Finish this sentence: My favorite holiday treat is _______.
    A.   A nice, cold glass of eggnog!
    B.   Cookies. All the cookies.
    C.   Candy canes. Or chocolate. Or both.
    D.   Whatever I don’t have to share.
  3. What type of music is your go-to this time of year?
    A.   Holiday music! Starting in October… or sooner!
    B.   I like anything offbeat – maybe some rockin’ holiday tunes or a funky twist on a yuletide classic.
    C.   Cool jazz is the way holiday songs were meant to be played, but I’m open to others’ suggestions.
    D.   Anything that’s not 24/7 holiday music would be nice, right?
  4. It’s almost midnight on December 24th. What are you up to?
    A.   I’ve been in bed since dinner! Santa could come any minute!
    B.   Sneaking a couple of those treats someone left by the fireplace.
    C.   Sitting and sharing stories of holidays past with close friends and family.
    D.   I’m asleep. It’s almost midnight, dude.
  5. Best holiday movie?
    A.   It’s a Wonderful Life
    B.   Christmas Vacation
    C.   Home Alone
    D.   Die Hard (what, it counts)

Alright! Now let’s see which seasonal tea is caroling out your name.

Mostly A’s

If the holidays were a country, you would be their chief ambassador, and Bigelow Eggnogg’n® Tea would be your national drink. Throw on a kettle and your favorite wintertime movies on loop and fall in love with that rich, creamy, spiced flavor for another year running.

Mostly B’s

You’re down with the holiday season, but like to spice things up with your own style. We totally get that, and recommend Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea with Lemon for you. Like biting into (well, technically sipping) a favorite holiday cookie, this tea packs a flavorful kick you’ll fall in love with.

Mostly C’s

You’re easy going but still like to show off your sweet side around the holidays, just like a cup of Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. Cool peppermint oils meet cocoa for a cup that will immerse you in seasonal bliss.

Mostly D’s

Oof. You need to get in the holiday spirit and fast. Here’s a tip: pick up a box of all three flavors! Give them a try and we’re sure you’ll be more in the mood to be merry!

Cinnamon And Chill With Bigelow Tea

Baby, it’s cold outside and you know what warms you up inside? Bigelow Hot Cinnamon tea. A cup (or many) of this delicious flavor is just what winter ordered. So take a mug, a flannel blanket, and cozy up with someone worth sharing this spicy tea with (though, it’s totally cool to keep it to yourself, too!)… because this new seasonal fave is going to blow. your. mind.

So what’s in it? Well, each tea bag holds a rich, bold black tea blended with spicy cinnamon to create the perfect brew to warm you up from your toes. Add hot water and steep a bag for 3 minutes (or whatever best suits your lifestyle) and there you have it… a cup totally worth the wait. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) and has quite the history. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Wait… dead people? And gods! Cinnamon was believed to have been first used as a perfuming agent during the embalming process around 2000 BC in Egypt. Later, an ancient Greek inscription describes the spice as one of the gifts given to Apollo at the temple of Miletus.

Shh… it’s a secret! Watch out for those birds, though… Despite its widespread use throughout the ancient world, it didn’t arrive to Europe until after the Middle Ages. Actually, it was known to be the Arab merchants’ best-kept secret until the early 16th century. To keep their monopoly on the cinnamon trade and justify its high price, traders would tell tales to their buyers about where and how they obtained the luxurious spice. One documented story claimed that enormous birds carried the cinnamon sticks to their nests high atop mountains that were insurmountable by any human and could only be gotten when the nests broke. Another tall tale claimed that cinnamon was found in deep canyons guarded by snakes.

Columbus barks up the wrong tree. In one instance, Christopher Columbus wrote to the King and Queen of Spain and said he’d found cinnamon and rhubarb in the New World. However, when he sent samples of what he found, it was discovered that it was, in fact, NOT cinnamon. Sadly, it was just tree bark. Womp womp.

These days, it’s a lot easier to find great cinnamon – look no further than your favorite tea cup or mug! It’s the perfect way to beat a wintry, blustery day. Pro tip: pay homage to the storied spice and throw in an extra cinnamon stick for a perfectly Instagram or Pinterest-able cup! And hey while you are at it, check out our Benefits Cinnamon and Blackberry herbal teaCinnamon Stick tea, and Sweet Cinnamon tea. Don’t forget to tag #TeaProudly for good measure! Cheers and enjoy!

This Is Why You Should Drink Bigelow Green Tea

The second-most popular beverage in the world next to water, tea has long been a favorite drink around the globe (who knew #TeaProudly was an international sensation?!). While the taste of Bigelow Tea is totally awesome, did you know that green tea may also give you a more mellow, steady caffeine boost that can keep you going all day? Wait…catch a caffeine buzz while feeling mellow?! How is that possible? Author Hana Hong chronicled her journey on Readers Digest when she ditched coffee and switched to green tea for a week. Not only did she mellow out, she found the additional benefits of drinking green tea to be crystal clear. Let’s join Hana on her journey:

Day 1: Although it took a while to sink in, Hana was energetic, alert, and felt a sense of steady calmness throughout the day. Here’s why: the L-theanine in green tea calms the nervous system while increasing concentration levels. (Amazing!)

Day 2: There’s nothing as refreshing as a good night’s sleep (except maybe green tea!). Hana snoozed peacefully (zzzzzz…) without restless tossing and turning or waking in the middle of the night. She felt less anxious, and the mellow caffeine boost lasted a solid eight hours. (Yay!)

Day 3: Instead of feeling bloated and sluggish after lunch (yuck!), Hana felt a surge of productivity and alertness she’d never encountered after a meal before. There’s a reason, many say, why the use of green tea for digestive health dates back thousands of years!

Day 4: Hana noticed some serious changes in her skin—a healthy glow and no breakouts or undereye circles; and hyperpigmentation looked lighter. The catechins in green tea can fight damage caused by free radicals says the article, so it makes sense that it helped her skin look awesome!

Day 5: Green tea officially stole Hana’s heart! (awwww). She was focused, lively and her body and mind felt better on just about every level. The caffeine boost started lasting at least 10-12 hours. (Sweet!)

Day 6 and beyond!: Hana felt the cumulative effects of drinking green tea for six days in a row. She was less dehydrated, her digestion was much improved, her skin looked better than ever, and a hot cup of green tea helped Hana keep her cool—her frequency of mood swings decreased significantly. (Wow, those are some awesome benefits!)

If you’re inspired by Hana’s exciting journey and you yourself are new to green tea, grab a box of Six Assorted Bigelow Green Teas to get acquainted with some of Bigelow Tea’s fabulous flavors! Tag #TeaProudly to let us know how drinking green tea has changed your life!

3 Reasons Why Pomegranates Are So Amazing. (Especially In Tea.)

It’s exciting. It’s potent. It’s pomegranate. Ever since this “wonder fruit” found its place in Bigelow Tea’s blackgreen and herbal teas, tea lovers haven’t looked back. The flavor is unmistakably rich and robust, and hey, a cup of pomegranate tea has the perfect rosy hue – perfect for an Instagram filter, right?! As if you needed another reason to love it, we’ll give you three.

  1. There’s a whole month for celebrating pomegranates. Every November, pomegranates are in the spotlight. Why not use this time as an opportunity to try a new pomegranate flavor or recipe? Love a good twist on a classic? Try a tangy spin on a traditional Bigelow Tea favorite: Green Tea with Pomegranate (which also comes in an organic version, steep by Bigelow). This beautiful cup of tea offers a touch of sweetness and a hint of tartness, and packs a punch with the power of pomegranate which is the perfect way, we think, to celebrate #NationalPomegranateMonth!  And don’t forget to try Pomegranate Black Tea too!
  2. It’s a pretty neat and exotic fruit. (And it’s awesome to be a little different, right?) So, what is a pomegranate, anyway? A pomegranate is a round fruit with a thick, reddish skin that—when cut open—reveals ruby-red seeds called arils. High in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and a great source of fiber, pomegranates are often used in cooking, juice blends, cocktails and, of course, tea!
  3. Pomegranates have quite the history. Pomegranates are rooted in history, and have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility for thousands of years. According to a Greek myth, the goddess Persephone was forced to spend every winter in the underworld because she had eaten pomegranate seeds there (worth it). And, of course, today, back in the real world, it can bring a wealth of flavor and health benefits to your cup of tea.

So, there you have it. More than enough reasons to add pomegranate to your life – and to your tea cup. Have a favorite flavor? Tag #TeaProudly to show it off!

All The Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Harvest Teas

It’s crisp outside, the trees are losing their leaves and the only thing on everyone’s mind is this: cold nights, warm socks, cozy blankets and a cup of Bigelow Tea. Hoping to stay festive? Look no further than the flavors of the harvest. From September to December, autumn brings a bounty of delicious produce like pumpkins and apples. And if you love those things, then guess what? Bigelow has just the selection of teas for you to enjoy.

It’s always pumpkin time.

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your mom’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like harvest bliss.

 

Apple everything.

When we think of this time of year, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and apple teas like Apple Cider herbal tea and our newest flavor Caramel Apple tea! Want to make the most of a crisp fall day (or just want to feel autumn-y)? A cup of tea will do!

Spicy cinnamon = the best.

Warm up from your toes to your nose with a cup of Hot Cinnamon tea. Sweet and spice and all ingredients nice…that’s exactly what you’ll find in this spicy blend. Waiting for a cup to brew will seriously feel like the longest minute of your life. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) – it worth getting cozy over!

Oooohy-gooey caramel.

As if you needed one more thing to sweeten your season, here it is… An all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt, the sweet and salty flavor of Salted Caramel tea is a perfect after-dinner (or anytime!) treat. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Show your love for the harvest with a cup of tea—the cornucopia of choices makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of this time of year and all that it means to be grateful for good things in the world. Talk about soothing the soul, right?! Tag #TeaProudly and show us how you enjoy your fave flavor!

Make Mine a Mint! – The Story Behind Bigelow Mint Medley’s Famous, Fresh Taste

Let’s talk mint! A revitalizing, prized herb which has been used for ages in every civilization for its medicinal and culinary properties, mint is the bold star of one of the most refreshing sips to savor, Bigelow Tea’s Mint Medley.

Definitely a #TeaProudly favorites, Mint Medley has a bit of history of its own to boast.

It all started down at the (mint) farm… In the early 1960’s, the Bigelow family set out to develop a revitalizing mint tea.  In addition to being a flavor tradition in many countries, mint tea has been said to have a calming effect on digestion, be a great antidote for cough and congestion and is a non-caffeine revitalizer for an anytime pick me up.

To find top quality mint, the Bigelow family visited farms throughout the Northwest, where the rainy, chill climate is ideal for growing the multi-variety herb.  In fact, the Northwest region even once led the world in mint farming and mint oil production.

Finally in Oregon, the Bigelow family met its mint match – the family farmers and multi-generational growers that have been growing mint crops specifically for Bigelow Tea for over 50 years. In addition to a shared love of mint, the families found their philosophy to produce the best possible product for their customers aligned perfectly, a commitment and business model which has persevered since.

Today, the father and son farming team that provide Bigelow Tea with its tasty and thrilling mint taste only harvest the fragrant and potent little leaves twice a year.  The result – unparalleled superior quality, cleanliness in processing and tea connoisseur worthy “crop to cup” traceability. Bigelow Tea and its mint farmers proudly contend no mint is purer, no mint tea more flavorful that Bigelow’s Mint Medley. So next time you’re thinking tea, make it a mint… enjoy some today!