Orange Tea: How to Make & Benefits

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Drinking orange tea is an excellent morning beverage, one that includes a burst of caffeine as well as the impressive nutrients of oranges. Let’s see how to make orange tea and what are some of its benefits.

What is Orange Tea?

Orange tea is a variety of tea that is made either with orange juice, concentrate, or orange peels. With citrus as the star ingredient, this beverage can be made with green, white, or black tea to make it unique and nutrient-packed. Oranges, like many other citrus fruits, are famed for their vitamin C and antioxidant content. Tea, on the other hand, works as an anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, and antioxidative. According to an animal study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, orange peel extracts, black tea extracts, and caffeine could exert anti-obesity properties. When these two ingredients are brought together, it can make either a warm or cold beverage that provides an energetic and nutritious boost.

A flat lay picture of oranges, spices, sugar, and tea - all the necessary ingredients required to make a cup of orange tea

The sweet, citrus burst of mandarin orange flavor is what makes this tea a must-try! Photo Credit: Shutterstock

How to Make Orange Tea?

There are a few different ways to make this tea; the most common method involves adding either orange juice or orange juice concentrate to a brewed pot of tea. However, other people enjoy steeping orange peels in hot water, without green or black tea, to derive the benefits of oranges in a less overpowering way. Let’s take a look at how to make this tea.

A flat lay picture of oranges, spices, sugar, and tea - all the necessary ingredients required to make a cup of orange tea

How to Make Orange Tea

Orange peel not only has a very aromatic taste but is also extremely healthy. It is used in cakes, desserts, soups, salads or stews to give it a fresh and zesty flavor. In order to make orange peel tea, you will need dry peels. Let's take a look at a simple step-by-step recipe to make orange tea at home using the peels. 
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: orange tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp dried orange peel
  • cinnamon sticks/cinnamon powder optional
  • honey or sweetener of choice
  • 8 oz water

Instructions

  • For making this tea, use fresh oranges, chop their peels into 1/4th sized pieces
    An orange peel, a knife and a partially peeled orange on a wooden board on a wooden surface
  • Leave these oranges to dry, ideally in a cool and dry place. Fasten the process by roasting the peels in an oven until they turn slightly crispy.  
  • Crush these peels using a mortar and pestle until they turn into a powder. 
  • Now take a stainless pot with a lid on it and place the crushed and chopped oranges in it. You can also use glass and enamel pots instead of steel. 
  • Bring the water to a boil. If you wish to add cinnamon powder to the tea to enhance the flavor, feel free to add it at this stage. 
  • Let the orange peels steep in the water for 15 minutes. 
  • Use a strainer to pour the tea into a teacup. Add honey or any other sweetener of your choice. Serve the tea hot!
    A flat lay picture of oranges, spices, sugar, and tea - all the necessary ingredients required to make a cup of orange tea

Orange Tea Benefits

The top benefits of orange tea include the following:

  • Aiding weight loss efforts
  • Boosting skin appearance
  • Strengthening the immune system

The nutrient density helps you feel full, which aids in creating a calorie deficit. Aside from that, the polyphenolic compounds, antioxidants, vitamin C, and catechins will help to prevent chronic diseases and also strengthen the efficacy of the immune system. When you brew this with caffeinated tea, you will also enjoy the energy boost of caffeine, and improved metabolism. Regular use can also improve skin appearance and conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Health benefits of orange tea infographic

Orange tea is a variety of tea that is made either with orange juice, concentrate, or orange peels.

Orange Tea Side Effects

There are very few side effects of this tea, but before taking any herbal tea, particularly one that includes caffeine, it is important to speak with your doctor. Furthermore, since there is caffeine in some forms of this tea, excess consumption of this can cause the following side effects:

  • Nervous disorders
  • Sleeplessness
  • Gastrointestinal distress

Use in moderation, and discuss the decision with your doctor.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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