I'm usually a black tea drinker in the morning - my Christmas tea is gorgeous! - as I need the caffeine, but this morning I chose my Winter marzipan flavoured rooibos tea. My throat feels better. I'm not ascribing any magical qualities to the tea itself, but I think it's the lack of tannins. We know tannins are astringent, and that's going to make my throat feel dry. The rooibos tea is nice and hot without the tannins. So I think I'll have another pot.
This made me think about my mother's traditional method of lemon and honey. The honey is a humectant, so it's going to offer soothing qualities to any warm beverage. So why not try rooibos or herbal tea with a little honey to soothe your throat?
If you'll excuse me, the kettle just boiled and I think I'll try the Belgian Chocolate blend now.