Winter can be a beautiful season with its snowy landscapes, cozy fires, and warm blankets. However, for many people, the shorter days, longer nights, and colder temperatures can lead to a condition commonly known as the "winter blues." Symptoms of the winter blues may include feelings of sadness, lack of energy, and a general sense of malaise. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to combat the winter blues, including the consumption of warming and comforting beverages like tea. In this edition of teatime, we'll explore the winter blues and share a delicious tea recipe to help cure it.

What are the winter blues?

The winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that is related to changes in the seasons. It typically begins in the fall and continues through the winter months when daylight hours are shorter. SAD can affect people of all ages, but it is more common in women and those who live in areas with shorter days and longer periods of darkness.

The symptoms of SAD can vary from person to person but may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • A loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as oversleeping or insomnia
  • Increased irritability or anxiety

How can tea help cure the winter blues?

Tea is a popular beverage that can help ease the symptoms of the winter blues. There are several reasons why tea can be beneficial:

  • Warmth: The warmth of the tea can be comforting and soothing, helping to alleviate feelings of sadness or anxiety.
  • Relaxation: Tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
  • Hydration: Drinking tea can help keep you hydrated, which is important for maintaining good health and combating fatigue.
  • Antioxidants: Many teas, especially green and herbal teas, are rich in antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system and protect against cellular damage.

Now that we know how tea can help cure the winter blues, let's take a look at a delicious tea recipe that's perfect for this time of year! 

Spiced Winter Blues Tea

This spiced winter tea is perfect for warming up on a cold day and provides a comforting and relaxing experience. The combination of spices provides a pleasant aroma, and the sweetness from the honey or sugar can add a touch of warmth to your day.
Course Drinks


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tea bag black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • honey or sugar to taste


  • In a medium pot or saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the black tea bag, cinnamon stick, cloves, and ground ginger to the water. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove the teapot from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • If needed, strain the tea into a teapot or serving pitcher.
  • Serve hot with honey, or sugar to taste.
Keyword black tea