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Orange Clove Tea – Detox for the Holidays

Orange Clove Spiced tea by SeasonWithSpice.com

Let’s face it – we are all going to enjoy Christmas goodies every day this month.  Trying and failing to prevent that certainty will just ruin the celebratory season.  So instead of feeling guilty for munching on cookies and cakes, and filling up on all those heavy Christmas party dishes, let’s have fun (in moderation) and help our bodies out by drinking a cup of tea every night.

Many different teas – like green tea, turmeric tea, ginger lemon tea, ginger lemongrass tea – will help detox the body from overeating sweets and heavy foods. But since this is Christmas, we need a Christmas tonic.

Orange Clove Tea.

The aroma of orange & clove is warm and Christmassy.  And the combination in a tea will make you feel much healthier this season.

What are cloves?

Cloves are filled with the essential oil, Eugenol, which can help detoxify the body. Cloves can also soothe abdominal pain, increase circulation, alleviate throat and chest ailments, and most importantly during the holiday season - aid digestion.

What to do with leftover orange peels

Orange peels usually end up in the trash, but they are packed with nutrient rich orange oil, which consists of a compound called Hesperidin that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  The peel is also very high in Vitamin C.

Orange Clove Tea by SeasonWithSpice.com

Finally, a guilt-free Christmas treat!

Orange Clove Tea recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Orange Clove Tea by Season with Spice

Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: Makes 2 cups of tea

Ingredients: 
2 cups of water  
Peel from half an orange
3-4 Season with Spice's clove buds  
1 black tea bag (I used Ceylon tea)  
Sugar or stevia to taste (optional)
    Process:
    1. Bring water to boil in small pot.
    2. Turn fire to low. With your fingers, crush the round, fragile tips of the clove buds into a powder, and add to the water. Add clove stems and orange peels to water as well. Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
    3. Turn fire off. Add tea bag into pot. When tea is ready (dark orange color), pour through fine strainer into two mugs.
      Notes:
      -A very thin, oily layer will appear on the surface of the tea. That’s the clove oil and orange oil, which provide you with many wonderful health benefits.
      -Wash orange peels thoroughly under warm water before adding to pot.
      -If you’re having an orange at home, be sure to save the orange peel. In addition to tea, you can add them to any meat roast for extra flavor, or grate into a zest for baking. You can also use orange peels as kindling, as a cleaning agent, and so much more.

      8 comments:

      BiteMyCake said...

      I love artistic and playful photos you arranged in this post :)
      The other day, I bought myself ready made blend of orange ginger tea, I love it. We drink a lot of tea these days and I no longer have it, but right now I'm heading to the kitchen and will make myself this tea, since I have black tea in my cupboard. Thanks for the recipe and idea :)

      Sawsan@ chef in disguise said...

      I usually buy orange cinnamon tea, the smell when the hot water hits the bag is a form of aromatherapy..can't wait to try this one

      Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

      What a beautiful presentation of tea. Taking a picture of tea can be pretty boring and I would never thought of using orange scurf around the cup. I've never tried adding cloves in the tea (and orange). This is fantastic. I have a lot of cloves that I bought for cooking Indian food one time and you know the bag came in so many cloves! I'm so happy I found another use! =)

      seasonwithspice said...

      Thank you Tamara! Hope you liked the mix of orange and clove. I like that it is mild yet very fragrant. Since it's a health drink, I always drink it without sugar:)

      seasonwithspice said...

      True Sawsan, the smell is a form of aromatherapy. I started making different blends myself with different spices and left-over fruit zests, so I just need to keep a good quality black tea at home:) It's becoming really fun to make these healthy teas at home.

      seasonwithspice said...

      Ha! Thanks Nami. We don't have any fancy pretty tea cups in our nomadic lifestyle, so I have to make do with scarf:) Hope you get to try the tea. We have more ideas on how to use up your cloves this Christmas, so keep them. We'll share them soon!

      Yasmeen said...

      Such a beautiful, simple, warming recipe! We cook with cloves and orange often (I'm Middle Eastern, so these flavors are super prevalent in our cuisine), so this is something I could make soon (after the heat wave is over!). Love it, thanks for sharing.

      Season with Spice said...

      Thank you Yasmeen, stay cool over there!

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