Cinnamon Orange Peel Tea – A Healthy Way to Warm Up Your Day
Do you enjoy the taste of orange tea? If so, you’re going to love this delicious cinnamon orange peel tea!
Orange peel, cinnamon, and green tea are all packed with health benefits. The combination makes for a drink that’s rich in vitamin C as well as anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s the perfect cozy drink.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of orange peel tea and provide a recipe for making your own at home. So let’s get started!
These three simple ingredients make a soothing and comforting blend to sip on during the colder season.
Every part of the fruit is incorporated into this delicious tea, not letting anything go to waste.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, but what about the peel?
The peel is also rich in vitamin C. In fact, the peel has more vitamin C than the pulp of the fruit.
The peel is also rich in an essential oil called limonene. Limonene has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties.
In addition, the peel provides pectin. Pectin lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. It has also exhibited anti-cancer activities.
Remember to wash the peel before using to prevent any bitterness.
With its delightful smell, cinnamon is the perfect spice to add warmth and coziness to your favorite drinks and dishes. But cinnamon has also been used medicinally for centuries.
This spice is well known for its anti-inflammatory, cholesterol, and blood pressure-lowering properties.
All of these factors make it particularly beneficial for heart health.
In addition, cinnamon can help to manage type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar.
Green tea brings all the ingredients together. It’s a powerful addition to the recipe with its own long list of health benefits.
Like the other ingredients, green tea has anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing compounds.
It also contains catechins and caffeine. Both of these elements can be helpful in overall weight management.
Cinnamon Orange Peel Tea FAQ
How should I wash my orange peel?
With clean hands, run the fruit under warm water and scrub to remove all debris. Then remove the peel to use for tea.
Can I store my dried orange peel for later?
Dried peel should be stored in an airtight container. When stored properly, oranges can last up to three months in the refrigerator.
Can I use fresh oranges?
Fresh fruit can also be used to make this delicious tea with a few simple adjustments. Simply slice and add them to a pot of boiling water on medium heat. Turn off the stove and allow the pot to sit for about 10 minutes.
The flavor may not be as strong with fresh peel. It is recommended to follow the same instructions below and enhance with spices.
Can I dry orange peel in the oven?
It’s super easy to prepare them in a traditional oven.
Prepare and slice oranges the same way. Line the slices on parchment paper and bake in the oven at 200°F until dried. Be sure not to overlap them.
It typically can take 25 to 30 minutes. Because of varying ovens, make sure to check on your slices frequently.
Can I use store-bought orange peel?
You may use store-bought peel and proceed with the same instructions listed below.
Can I use ground cinnamon?
You may use ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks, according to your preference.
If having ground cinnamon sitting at the bottom of your mug is unappealing to you, consider using cinnamon sticks.
You can substitute ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon for 1-2 cinnamon sticks.
A tea strainer is helpful for removing any loose particles.
Cinnamon Orange Peel Tea Recipe
Cinnamon Orange Peel Tea Recipe
- 5 Orange slices with peel dried (approximately 1 orange)
- 1 tsp Green tea leaves
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract optional
- 1-2 tsp Honey to taste (optional)
- Thoroughly wash the orange and cut it into small slices, discarding the ends.
- Arrange slices in a single layer inside the basket of an air fryer. Put the basket into the air fryer. Turn on the dehydrator setting and set the temperature to 175°F for approximately 30 minutes. Flip the slices and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until dry. Set them aside.
- Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat off and add the green tea leaves and cinnamon. Steep for 1-2 minutes.
- If adding vanilla extract, add it now. Then strain the mixture into your mug. Add dried slices and steep for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove the orange from the tea and add honey, if needed.
The Bottom Line
Cinnamon Orange Peel Tea is a delicious and aromatic beverage that isn’t only warming but also full of health-boosting compounds. It combines antioxidant-rich green tea with a powerful vitamin C punch and the warming spice of cinnamon for an all-natural health and wellness drink.
Making this tea will fill your home with a sweet, spicy, and citrusy aroma—the type of smell that is often associated with happy memories!
“Cinnamon Orange Peel Tea” was written by nutrition student Reagan Street and edited by Dr. Su-Nui Escobar, DCN, RDN, FAND.
Dr. Su-Nui Escobar is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in Miami, FL. She is passionate about helping women over 40 live their best lives through healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. Su-Nui is a doctor in clinical nutrition, able to translate complicated evidence-based science into practical advice. Su-Nui is the former spokesperson of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.