I love winter. Before you think I’m crazy hear me out! Winter is fun. There’s Christmas at the start and then usually comes the joy of snow. Sledding with the kids and rolling down a hill covered with the fluffy white stuff is fun indeed. You’ll know it when you try it, I promise! Unfortunately, winter also brings in snot and sneezing, and coughing and congestion. That part’s no fun at all. So looking for natural ways to boost my family’s immunity are always high on my list. But when sickness strikes, as it always does, I’m happy for natural remedies that can make us all feel comfortable. That’s where orange peel tea comes in!
Benefits of Orange Peel
Oranges have long been considered one of the healthiest fruits, and when you consider that the peel of the orange is the healthiest part of the fruit that’s saying a lot.
There’s proven research around the effectiveness of orange peels in boosting metabolism and immunity. A look on Google and you’ll find orange peels have been found effective in Chinese medicine in cleansing lungs, clearing phlegm and reducing allergy-causing histamine as well. And even if you don’t give any credence to orange peel’s health-boosting properties you know that like many other fruits, oranges are full of nutrients and anti-oxidants. These help our bodies perform better and look better, and for far longer.
And then there’s my mom. She says orange peels are healthy and you know what that means. I will brew myself orange peel tea whenever I’m sick!
How To Use Orange Peels
There are different ways to brew orange peels in tea – diced and dried or fresh and steeped. I prefer the latter because the tea ends up more flavourful and fragrant, and feels really comforting on a cold winter’s day.
One caveat though – oranges are high on the list in pesticide use. So wash the fruit very well before starting.
Thanks to it’s aromatic taste, orange peels have a wide range of use in the kitchen. From marmalade to my ultimate grilled chicken recipe to cakes and cookies, they even form a big part of my natural cleaning routine around the house
The other spice that has a big role to play in my kitchen is cinnamon. As it turns out the health benefits of cinnamon and it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties are a great complement for orange peel.
Making Orange Peel Tea
Makes 2-3 cups
- Peel oranges enough to have a big handful of orange peels.
- Put a litre of water on the stove and add the peels in.
- Also add in a few cinnamon sticks.
- Boil once. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes to let the flavours and orange oils steep.
- Serve with a squeeze of honey.
- You can add the orange peel tea your cuppa regular black or green tea for flavour and caffeine.
- Add a piece of ginger while the tea is brewing. Ginger adds a spicy flavour that goes very well with the sweetness of orange and cinnamon, and of course the health benefits of ginger are an amazing addition. Look out for that article soon!