January 24, 2013

DRINK: orange peel and clove tea





The aroma of oranges and clove reminds me of Christmas but the combination of the two and it's benefits of detoxing is year round.   Can't speak for everyone else but my body is STILL recovering from the sweets and overeating during the holidays. 




Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • orange peels from half an orange (wash peels under warm water before boiling)
  • 3-4 clove buds
  • 1 black tea bag 
  • honey 
  • cinnamon stick (optional)

Directions:  Bring water to boil in a small pot.  Turn fire to low. With your fingers, crush the round fragile tips of the clove buds into a powder and add in the water.  Add clove stems and orange peels to water as well.  Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Turn off fire. Add tea bag into pot and let steep for about 5 minutes. When tea is a dark orange color, pour through a fine tea strainer and makes 2 servings.  Add honey to your liking for sweetness.  Cinnamon sticks are for garnish or used as stirrer.  You can even squeeze the orange juice from the orange you just peeled into the tea for the finished touch. 

A very thin oily layer will appear on surface of tea, it's normal, it's the clove oil and orange oil which will provide you with all the health benefits.


 

   


Cloves are filled with the essential oil, Eugenol which can help detoxify the body.  Cloves are also known to sooth abdominal pain, increase circulation, alleviate throat and chest ailments and most importantly - aid in digestion (for overeaters like myself). 

Orange peels as you know are packed with vitamin C but also the peel is packed with orange oil which can help lower cholesterol or blood pressure.  Orange you glad for this tea? har har. I had to end with an orange joke. :P


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