The hot cup of tea. Its powers to soothe are as legendary as the supposed antiviral properties of chicken soup. Examples abound in literature. For instance, after Mrs. Inglethorp quarrels with her husband in Agatha Christie's 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the maid is quick to suggest, “You will feel better after a nice hot cup of tea, m'm.” In real life, too, many of us turn to a piping-hot panacea—be it chamomile or cocoa—when we feel in need of comfort.