Recipe #334: Orange Spice Tea

Recipe #334: Orange Spice Tea

Made this tea recipe this morning. The house was a bit cold (it's currently 14°F outside!), so it felt particularly good to warm up with a nice cup of hot orange spice tea. :)

All of the ingredients in this tea recipe have medicinal properties. For example, green tea has lots of antioxidants (and a lot less caffeine than other types of tea). Oranges have multiple health benefits: their potent antibacterial properties help fight infection in the throat and get rid of chest congestion; their high levels of potassium can help provide relief from dizziness, nausea, and fever; and their vitamin C content boosts immunity by increasing the body's white blood cell count, antibodies, and interferon, which coats cell surfaces to ward off viruses and fight infection. Cinnamon has been shown to improve the body’s glucose metabolism and lipid levels. And finally, drinking lots of hot liquids will help soothe your throat and rid your body of impurities.

This recipe will be published in the upcoming book, Paleo Fitness, by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, and Jason Warner (with recipes and meal plan by moi). This book is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. :)

Ingredients

  • 4 c. water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 whole Ceylon cinnamon sticks, broken into 3" inch pieces
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 5 whole allspice berries
  • 10 whole green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh orange zest (the zest of about 1/4 large orange)
  • 1/4 c. freshly squeezed orange juice (from a navel orange or other variety)
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