Hot Tea Month: A Cozy Tradition Gets its Geek on

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The holiday season may be coming to a close, but we still have a  while before the ground hog sees his shadow (Lets face it, he ALWAYS sees his shadow). We're in luck, though, as January happens to be hot tea month!

Geeks around the world have embraced the leafy goodness and made it their own.  Check out this TARDIS tea infuser from Think Geek.com.

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TARDIS Tea infuser fit for a Doctor (Photo:ThinkGeek.com)

Of course, hot tea is not just for the British anymore, Adagio Teas is seeing to that. The companies online shop has a large variety of elegant tea choices from dark leaf teas to a spicy Chai, but what really gives Adagio geek cred are their selection of fandom teas.

A lovely Rose Tyler for your TARDIS, a light brew flavored with lavender Earl Grey and a touch of raspberry. The teas are not just named for your favorite characters – and potions when it comes to Harry Potter teas – but each flavor is a thought out blend inspired deeply by its namesake. And these tea geeks are not stopping there; they do comic and video game inspired tea in case you’re curious what your Skyrim character might drink or what flavor Loki favors.

Of course, drinking the tea is only half the fun. You’re going to need a proper tea pot.

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Join the Empire with this ceramic storm trooper tea pot made by Lenny Mud. Available on Etsy ( Photo: Lenny Mud)

For those looking to elevate their tea sipping experience, The Republic of Tea offers a selection of delightful Downton Abbey teas, including a Downton Estates signature blend and an elegant tea set. Pinkies up!

If you’re planning to have the likes of The Dowager countess over for tea it is best you know what you are doing. The creators of Proper Cup of Tea will see to it you know how to brew a proper cup of tea, British style, or you can take this guys word for it:

On board the Firefly this January? Maybe a nice green is more your …cup of tea.

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Sereni-Tea? Warning: Not an actual tea. ( Photo: Tshirtvortex.com)

Well, that might not be a real tea…yet, but Think Geek has you covered with a blend inspired by green, swamp dwelling Jedi Master Yoda called Yoda’s Degobah Green Tea. Not the most appetizing of names, but green none the less.

But hot tea isn’t just for fun, it looks like it’s good for you too. Black tea, the darkest and highest in caffeine, has been shown to protect lungs from the damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and may help to prevent stroke. Its lighter cousin green tea has been shown to interfere with the growth of certain cancers, burn fat, and even help to reduce the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s.

“There doesn’t seem to be a downside of tea,” Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, told WebMd. “I think it’s a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavonoids – are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.”

Some people take the benefits of tea to the next level celebrating Hot Tea Month with tea detoxes, hair treatments, and a new year weight loss plan. Of course, you can always just throw a bag in a cup, relax under a cozy blanket, and enjoy a nice cuppa until the wind and snow of winter is a memory. Wise men have long trusted the solace of a nice cup of hot tea.

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