If you’re stuck in the house because of a polar vortex, a soothing mug of hot tea is just the thing. (Fun fact: January is National Hot Tea Month!)
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world — behind water — and some 80% of U.S. households purchase tea, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A.
On a chilly day, what’s better than snuggling up for a good movie and a hot toddy made with apple cider and rooibos tea?
Tea is more than pure coziness in a mug.
Certain types of hot tea can also offer wellness benefits, according to Bansari Acharya, M.A., R.D.N.
Here is what makes hot tea worth brewing in any season — and worth celebrating right now:
1. So many varieties to try
One surprising fact about tea is that black, green, oolong, dark, and white teas all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis.
The differences between them results from processing and oxidation.
Of course, there is also a wide variety of herbal teas from peppermint and chamomile to ginger and hibiscus.
2. Perfect for any time of day
It’s always tea time! “You can drink hot tea any time of day,” says Joelle Malinowski, R.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., of the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
However, caffeinated teas, such as black and green, are best consumed early in the day to avoid messing with your sleep cycle.
“Other caffeine-free teas can be enjoyed any time of the day,” says Acharya. When you’re tired of plain-old water, brew a cup of hot tea to stay hydrated!
3. Tons of wellness benefits
Studies have found tea has many health benefits. Green tea specifically contains many antioxidant-like compounds, including EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and may also help support weight loss.
Herbal teas can offer their own perks. For example, “ginger tea is great for nausea and morning sickness,” says Malinowski.
4. Cool tea cups or mugs
Upgrade your tea-making game with a teapot to brew loose-leaf teas or a set of arty or vintage teacups and saucers.
Or, if you prefer sipping tea from an oversize mug, get one with an inspirational quote to motivate or inspire you. A mug and some specialty teas also make a thoughtful gift for a friend.
Depending on your personal style and favorite types of teas, there are tons of teawares to jazz up your kitchen, from electric kettles with tea infusers to Japanese tea sets and reusable, travel mugs and carafes perfect for hiking or camping.
5. Creative tea lattes
Explore different ways to drink tea, such as plant-based lattes. Our Chamomile and Lavender Oat Milk Latte is warm and creamy with some Collagen Boost to benefit your skin and nails.
For a spicier blend, try our chai-inspired Golden Chai Coconut Milk Latte with a scoop of Collagen Boost. It has an aromatic mix of allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon — and turmeric which makes it golden.
6. Chill options for evenings
“Chamomile acts as a mild sedative,” says Malinowski. If you’re looking for an alternative to a nightcap (since alcohol can interfere with sleep), chamomile on its own or in a herbal blend for sleep is a soothing way to unwind before bedtime.
7. A ‘Bevvy’ of options
Not into hot tea? For an iced option, stir up our Strawberry Basil Bevvy Lemonade made with Bevvy, a 15-calorie, plant-based tea supplement formulated to help curb cravings and support healthy weight loss.
And unlike detox teas, Bevvy is laxative-free.
You can even have your tea with some sparkle — bubbly Mint Lime Berry Bevvy Splash has sparkling water to make it effervescent and refreshing.
Cheers to a month of tea parties! Raise your mugs during National Hot Tea Month and enjoy some freshly brewed hot tea (or iced, if you must).