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How to Make Orange Peel Tea? Recipes, Food Pairings & Health Benefits

How to Make Orange Peel Tea? Recipes, Food Pairings & Health Benefits

Who wouldn’t want to have an orange for a healthy snack? Oranges are known to have plenty of health benefits together with their juicy, delicious taste. Usually, people eat the flesh of this fruit and just throw the peels away. To save these peels and not put them into waste, there are plenty of ways to use them. From air fresheners and hair conditioners to jams and teas, there are numerous ways to enjoy the benefits of orange peels.

Orange Peel Tea and Its Benefits

One of the easiest ways to enjoy the health benefits of orange peels is by making tea. Making orange peel tea is easy and anyone can do it at home. This healthy tea is simple, yet it can surprise one with the slew of health benefits it gives.

  • Anti-aging – Orange peels are rich in flavonoids and vitamin C which help the body fight early signs of aging.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels – It has hesperidin, a compound known to metabolise lipids in the blood which lowers blood cholesterol levels.
  • Natural intestinal fiber – Pectin is a natural fiber found in orange peels. It aids in digestion and protects one from stomach problems.
  • Fights infection – Orange peels are rich in vitamin C and other vitamins which help boost the immune system.
  • Weight loss – Orange peel tea helps boost metabolism, increase energy and remove fats from the body.

Things Needed in Making Orange Peel Tea

If you want to experience the natural goodness of homemade orange peel tea, here’s what you will need to prepare one:

  • Oranges
  • Water
  • Any sweetener of your choice
  • A casserole

How to Make Orange Peel Tea

  1. Peel the oranges and slice them into strips.
  2. Let them dry in under sun light.
  3. When the peels are dry, slice them into small pieces. You are now ready to make your own orange peel tea.
  4. Boil water in a casserole.
  5. Add some dried orange peels to boiling water. You can increase the amount of peels if you want a stronger flavour.
  6. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Pour the prepared tea into a teacup and add some sweetener if desired.
  8. Enjoy your relaxing healthy cup of orange peel tea.

Simple isn’t it? With these 8 steps, you can now enjoy the health benefits of orange peels in a cup.

Flavor Variations

If you like to give your taste buds a little bit of adventure, you must try these orange peel tea variations.

  • Cinnamon Orange Tea

This variation is perfect if you want to have a more energetic tea drink. Just add a stick of cinnamon in your warm tea to have a taste.

  • Ginger Orange Tea

You can try this by simply adding a slice of ginger to your prepared tea. It’s the perfect way to soothe an upset stomach.

  • Orange Peel Green Tea

Add a teaspoon or a teabag of green tea for a more relaxing version of orange peel tea.

  • Spicy Orange Peel Tea

Just add coriander seeds, pepper, star anise, or any spice of your choice to have a more fun tea experience.

  • Orange Peel Chai

Just add milk, black tea, cinnamon, and cardamom to the basic orange peel tea ingredients to have an exotic blend of orange tea and Indian milk tea.

Foods Best Paired with an Orange Peel Tea

Tea is a versatile drink and can be paired with almost any food. The important thing is that the flavors complement each other as you enjoy them.

Chocolate is best paired with orange peel tea as the rich flavor of chocolate complements the lightness of tea. You can also pair this tea with any dish as long as they have a rich, full flavor that contrasts with the tea’s mild taste.

Author’s Bio

Claire works in marketing team at Brillopak, a premium quality food packing machine and palletising machine manufactures in United Kingdom. In a former life, Claire worked as a content specialist and she loves writing, reading & cooking.

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Top 5 Herbs for Women According To Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Top 5 Herbs for Women According To Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system formed over 2,500 years and has been evolved ever since. Practices of TCM include Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture, therapeutic massage (tui na), tai chi, breathing exercises (qi gong) and dietary therapy. These practices have all been used to treat and prevent different kind of female health problems.

Check the following list for 5 therapeutic ingredients commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine that are most useful for women’s health.

Yi Mu Cao (Motherwort)

Yi Mu Cao
Yi Mu Cao

In Chinese, Yi Mu Cao means “herb that is beneficial for mothers” – a perfect name for this plant. For over 2000 years, it has been used in many TCM prescriptions that help increase fertility. Yi Mu Cao is proven to have stimulative effects to the uterus, and it is usually paired with Xi Xian Cao, goji berries and jujubes. The other beneficial effects that Yi Mu Cao has include relieving period pain, regulating menstruation, and eliminating edema. With a natural herbal and bitter taste, Yi Mu Cao can be used to make tea or to cook with food; it can also be extracted and made into granular form that dissolves in water.

Goji Berries

Goji Berries
Goji Berries

First mentioned in the ancient medical book “Shennong Bencaojing (Classic of Herbal Medicine)”, goji berries have been used in China for more than 2,000 years. These tiny red berries are dried, sweet in taste, and used in teas or eaten raw. Studies showed that the benefits of goji berries include boosting energy levels, fighting fatigue and anxiety, anti-aging, enhancing kidney and liver functions. It is the super fruit for women, because it’s low in calories and high in antioxidant, which helps keep the skin looking young and healthy and helps in maintaining a good figure.

Find out more about the all the benefits of goji berries.

Jujube (Chinese red date)


The jujube plant has been cultivated in China for over 4,000 years. Traditionally, jujube fruits have been used as a good luck charm for fertility for the newlyweds. It is considered to be one of the most nourishing fruits, there’s a saying in China that goes “Having jujubes everyday will stop you from looking old”. Indeed, this sweet fruit is a natural multivitamin supplement. It contains 20 times more vitamin C than a citrus fruit, 18 essential amino acids that help in improving organ function and healing the wound. Jujube fruit is rich in folic acid – a superhero vitamin for pregnant women that helps prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

Read more about the other benefits of jujube tea.

Dang gui (Angelica root)

Dang Gui
Dang Gui

In China, Dang Gui, or Dong Quai, has been used to treat reproductive problems and blood-related problems since the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589).  Famous TCM practitioner and author of the Compendium of Materia Medica, Li Shi Zhen, emphasized that Dang Gui played an important role in women’s health, as it can nourish the blood, invigorate blood circulation, regulate menstruation, remove blood clots and relieve period pain. It is called “female ginseng” because of its numerous benefits for women’s wellness. Dang Gui is sweet and pungent in taste, usually is used in medicinal dishes, teas and tonics.

Huang Qi (Astragalus Root)

Huang Qi

As a native plant in china, Huang Qi has been known as the best herbal medicine for tonifying qi (vital energy). In another word, it is considered a great immune system booster. For centuries, the root of Huang Qi has been used to protect the liver, strengthen the muscles, and promote longevity. It is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals in order to help prevent health problems associated with aging. It helps balance the hormone level and maintain a healthy production of progesterone which plays a significant role in pregnancy and menstruation.

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The Five Great Kilns Of The Song Dynasty

The Five Great Kilns Of The Song Dynasty

The term “Five Great Kilns” (Chinese: 五大名窑, wu da ming yao) was first mentioned in a book of imperial collections of the Ming dynasty. It referred to the five kilns that were famous for their production of Chinese ceramics during the Song dynasty (960–1279). They are respectively Ruyao, Junyao, Guanyao, Dingyao and Geyao.

The character 窑 (yao) means both ceramic kilns or wares. Before their existence, ceramics were made mostly for practical use. The Five Great Kilns started a new era of making ceramic wares that were practical and ornamental at the same time. The distinctive characteristics of the products of each kiln was highly esteemed and reproduced after. In this article we introduce and discuss of type of kiln.

Ru Ware (Ruyao)

Ruyao only existed for twenty years towards the end of Northern Song Dynasty. It was destroyed due to the war between the Northern Song and the Jin army. This made Ru wares so rare and valuable even in the following Dynasty – Southern Song Dynasty. To this day, there are no more than 70 authentic Ru wares left in the world from that period of time.

Same as Guanyao and Geyao, Ruyao was famous for its celadon vessels. Over the thick bright glaze of Ru wares, there are very fine crackles (decorative patterns of very fine cracks on the surface of the glaze that can be seen on products of other kilns too). The sleek glaze changes colours slightly with light, it was so admired that a verse compared it to the colour of the sky right after the rain. At the bottom of Ru wares, we can see burn marks of small studs that sometimes looked like sesame seeds. That’s because Ru wares were supported by those studs during the firing, so the bottom of the products could be glazed as well.

A set of 5 cups each representing a reproduction of one of the Song dynasty kiln styles. Available on

Jun Ware (Junyao)

Junyao was built in the early Northern Song Dynasty, and the site was in Yuzhou, Henan Province.

Jun wares were covered with an opacified glaze that contained a small amount of copper. During the firing, the oxide of copper turned into the colouring agent, which was the secret of the renowned various colours of Jun wares.

Depending on the amount of copper used in the glaze, after the firing, the glaze colours would range from blue/bluish to violet, celadon, pale blue, etc. On the glaze, there were sometimes irregular thin lines, which was called “earthworm creeping in mud”.

Guan Ware (Guanyao)

“Guan”, meaning the government in Chinese, showed that Guanyao was the official kiln that only produced fine porcelains for the royal family and court.

Normally, Guan Wares were simple plain-coloured, at most with straight edges and string lines as decoration. There were tiny crackles in the light grey-blue glaze. Different patterns of the crackles had different names, such as “ice cracks”, “plum blossoms” and “crab claws”. With the upper rim of a purplish color while the lower rim with a dark iron color, there was a saying that “purple mouth and iron foot” was a characteristic of Guan wares.

In addition to the usual cups, plates and washing vessels, there were many Guan wares that imitated the styles of wares from Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han dynasties.

Ding Ware (Dingyao)

Started from Tang Dynasty, Ding kiln lasted for over six hundred years. Dingyao was best known for its white porcelains made of white clay and white glaze. It also produced wares of other colours like black and brown. Ding wares usually had the rims unglazed, called “mang kou”, meaning rough rims. The rims were later covered by metals like gold, silver and copper. Occasionally there was over-glazing that looked like tear marks on the surface of the products, counted as a distinguished feature of Ding ware.

There were a variety of decorative patterns on Ding wares, such as flowers, birds, lions, phoenix and dragons. The patterns were simple and symmetrical during Northern Song Dynasty, and got more and more complicated and exquisite towards Southern Song Dynasty. Carving with knives, printing and painting were three popular decoration methods.

Ge Ware (Geyao)

Ge Kiln was established in Zhejiang Province by craftman Zhang Shengyi during Song Dynasty. However, the exact site of Ge Kiln has not been found.

The glaze of Geyao has a matte sheen with various colours, such as beige, gray-blue, ivory. There were often weblike crackles on the surface of the glaze. Cracking of the glaze was originally a defect in firing. Later on, craftmen mastered the cracking techniques and deliberately made crackles, created a unique sense of beauty. One of the typical patterns was thick black crackles intertwined with thin red/yellow crackles.

The most wonderful and the most overlooked feature of Ge wares is so-called “accumulation of beads”. It referred to the tiny bubbles that looked like little beads or water droplets formed inside of the thick glaze. Same as Guanyao, “purple mouth and iron foot” is a characteristic of Geyao as well.

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