Tea Is the Answer to All Manner of Winter Maladies

Tea Is the Answer to All Manner of Winter Maladies

As the toasty interiors of cafés, libraries and dorms lure us indoors, something about the winter season invites a yearning for some sort of hot beverage. Tea in particular, with all its varieties, caffeine levels and soothing properties, begins to seem incredibly appealing. Get ready to press reset on your immune system and mental well-being with these six magical ingredients that you can add to your tea next time you make yourself a cup!



Cloves are the flower buds of clove trees. Rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C, they are known to have numerous health properties. Clove can be bought ground (which can be added to food) or whole (ideal for tea).


Black Pepper

A powerful spice that aids in relieving nasal congestion, pepper is a key addition as winter sets in and flues and colds arise. Try grinding a little bit of it into your tea to help your breathing, especially before a midterm.


Cinnamon Sticks

Asides from complementing your drink with a delicious flavor and scent, cinnamon has been found to lower blood sugar levels by decreasing insulin resistance amongst many other powerful properties (if you’re interested, find out more here).



Lemon is a strong cleanser when it comes to resetting our digestive system. It also enhances our tea with a boost of refreshing energy and zesty taste!


An all-around health wizard that will definitely add a delightful kick to your tea. Stir some ground ginger in if you want it to dissolve into your tea immediately, or cut fresh pieces for the flavor to be released over time.


Manuka Honey

“Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant…” If you prefer your tea to be slightly sweeter, not only does Manuka honey add a wonderful taste, but it helps in soothing sore throats and supplementing your general health (find out more here).

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