Baby, it’s cold outside, and Christmas is just days away. Whether you’re trying to warm up after a family snowball fight, looking for something to sip while decorating the tree, or searching for the perfect tea to nurse while you snuggle with your loved ones by the fire, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite teas that espouse the flavors and spirit of Christmas.
1) White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos
Few flavors make you hear sleigh bells quite like peppermint. Refreshingly cool, peppermint screams winter wonderland and tastes like a majestic snowfall. This classic holiday flavor is the star of this rooibos tea from Teavana. White chocolate pieces are infused with peppermint for a Santa-approved red tea you’ll want to drink all twelve days of Christmas.
2) Gingerbread Spice Tea
If you like to eat gingerbread, why not drink it? This tea from Celestial Seasonings packs spicy gingerbread flavors in your cup of tea. Cinnamon, roasted chicory, ginger, and carob blend for the ultimate seasonal beverage. As a bonus, Celestial Seasnings has a recipe for Gingerbread Spice Tea Cake that uses two of these tea bags.
3) Christmas Cookie Teas
This variety of Christmas Cookie flavors hails from Adagio’s Fandom series. And if there’s anything that deserves a fan club, it’s Christmas Cookies. This sampler by developer Cara McGee includes the flavors Sugar Cookie, Snickerdoodle, Coconut Macaroon, Jam Thumbprints, Chocolate Chip, Gingerbread Cookies, and Peppermint Bark. Yum!
4) Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Teas
The Bible says that the Three Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for Jesus on his first birthday. No offense, guys, but these don’t seem like the best gifts for a baby. We’d go with a mobile or stuffed dinosaur, personally. But ever since baby J received these birthday gifts, we associate gold, frankincense, and myrrh with Christmas. So here are three GF&M teas to celebrate the world’s most famous birthday boy:
Turmeric Gold Tea
This tea from Pukka Herbs is a yellow tea made with lemon, cardamom, green tea, and, of course, turmeric. According to the Huffington Post, turmeric has a host of exciting health benefits: because it fights inflammation, turmeric can calm an upset stomach and heartburn, delay diabetes, and prevent heart attacks. It may also be able to kill cancer cells and protect brain cells. Jesus was known to heal the sick, so we think he would approve.
This tea from perfume artist Mandy Aftel uses hojary frankincense to create this oolong tea that boasts notes of balsamic, citrus, and honey. This blend’s leaves contain plenty of GABA, an enzyme that promotes relaxation. Just what you need during the busy holiday season!
Myrrh Gum Tea
Check out this myrrh gum tea if you’re looking to alleviate any of the following problems: According to WebMD, myrrh is used to help “indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, lung congestion, arthritis pain, cancer, leprosy, spasms, and syphilis.” In the days before modern medicine, maybe this was a good gift for Jesus after all.