Orange Peel Tea

You know I’m a big fan of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), which is why I’m so obsessed with orange peel tea. 

Well, I should say, that’s actually how I found out about this magical little potion in the first place. 

Literally, who would’ve thought that tea made with orange peels would do such wonders for your system….but it does. 

And the best part is that those dried orange peels that would’ve otherwise gone in the trash (or the compost!), can now actually be used for an anti inflammatory super tasty tea. 

Orange peel tea benefits are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health benefits. And, what’s even better is that this orange peel tea recipe can be enjoyed cold, room temperature, or all warm and cozy. 

Say goodbye to orange juice when you’re trying to up your vitamin C intake, and say hello to your new favorite solution for your leftover orange peels, instead.

Keep in mind, this isn’t a caffeinated tea like black tea or green tea, but rather than a super immune booster orange flavored drink that makes great use of your dried peels and fresh orange peels, alike. 

You know I’m a sucker for low waste options when it comes to cooking. The fact that this recipe can be as simple as hot water and dry orange peels, and tastes yummy….is just the icing on the cake. 

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Orange Peel Tea

Orange Peel Tea

Okay, this super simple but oh so effective tea is a great immune booster as the temps drop! It’s also very cold in the summer too. The best thing is that it’s relatively inexpensive and accessible (assuming you have oranges near you).

Plus, it tastes tangy and great, and is like a warm hug from the inside out! I mean, c’mon, can’t argue with that, right?

The recipe I share has extras listed, but remember they’re just that….extras! That means you don’t have to include them in order to get all the benefits of orange peel tea. 

Remember you can drink orange peel tea simply as it is, without any of the fancy add ons. That means, just using hot water with fresh or dried orange peels, and that’s it.

Regardless of if you add on the extras or not, just make sure you let your tea steep long enough that the water turns an amber color. The darker the amber color, the stronger the flavor will be. 

Don’t forget that if you’re using older orange peels, make sure you store orange peels in a sealed tupperware. Or, fully dry them out. You won’t want to use old orange peels that are rotting or molding (I mean, duh, but also I have to say it). 

Most of all, make a tea that you actually enjoy, rather than only focusing on the health benefits. That means, if you want to make it sweeter, then add some honey to it. And if you find the flavor too strong, then don’t worry about steeping it for ages. 

Food is meant to be enjoyed. Don’t forget that. 

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Orange peel tea Ingredients:


  • Organic oranges (tangerines, clementines, cuties will do)
  • Fresh water to drink


  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Manuka honey
Orange Peel Tea

How to make orange peel tea:

  1. Clearly I didn’t measure this at all. But I do know that my wife and I eat a whole lot of clementines. I asked her to save her peels for one day (and I also saved mine), so we had about 9 total. I added them to a HUGE pot of boiling water.
  1. If you want a stronger flavor, then you can use less water. Or, you can also use more peels and let them steep for a longer period of time.
  1. Boil the water with the orange peels.
  2. Once boiling, turn off heat, add lid, and let it steep until the water turns an amber color. Remember, the darker amber color, the stronger it will be. Try steeping them for 20 minutes first.
  1. Taste test after you’ve steeped the orange peels for 20 minutes to decide if you want a stronger flavor, or not. If you do, let them sit longer on a low heat. And if you find the flavor too strong, then you can also water it down with fresh drinking water.
  1. Once you find a base flavor that you like, then you can enjoy it as it is. Or, you can add any of the extras listed int he recipe. A great additive for colder weather is cinnamon. You can also add the other extras for added flavors.
  1. I personally like it just on its own, or a squeeze of lemon. Manuka honey is a delicious additive for sweetness, and adds another immunity boost, as well.


Orange Peel Tea

Benefits Of Orange Peel Tea

It’s no secret that oranges are rich in Vitamin C. Well, guess what? Their peels are no different!

In fact, some people argue there are even higher Vitamin C levels in the peels than the fruit itself. Which is what makes this tea so powerful for immune boosting needs. 

Strengthen Immune System

First and foremost, we have to acknowledge how powerful this tea is for the immune system. Not only are there high levels of Vitamin C, but there are also high levels of potassium, as well.


Considering that the base of this drink is fresh drinking water, it’s no surprise that another benefit is simply hydration. If you’re someone who gets bored by drinking water, then consider drinking the iced tea version of orange peel tea, instead.

Flu Prevention

Thanks to the immune boosting qualities, orange peel tea is great for flu prevention and recovery. It is also known to help the immune system when fighting other bacteria and viruses, as well. 

Orange Peel Tea

Let me know how your first batch of orange peel tea when in the comments below!



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