Homemade Orange Spice Tea for Cold Winter Days

Homemade Orange Spice Tea for Cold Winter Days | Growing Up Herbal | When it's cold outside, and you're in the mood for something other than chai, here is a warming orange spice tea blend to keep you cozy.

Umm, there’s nothing better on a cold winter day than a warm cup of spicy tea. Wouldn’t you agree?

Here’s the thing though. While I love me some chai, sometimes I’m in the mood for something else — something like orange spice tea.

This orange spice tea blend will not only warm you up as you sip it, but the spices are super healthy for your body as well! Both cinnamon and clove are stimulating to the circulatory system, bringing warmth and carrying nutrients to all the tissues of your body, but they’re antimicrobial too. Again, two things that are much needed this time of the year.

Today, I have an easy recipe for orange spice tea that you can make and sip on when the weather is cold and blustery outside and all you want to do is curl up inside and stay warm!

Orange Spice Tea

Yields: 6-7 cups


  • 8 teaspoons red rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) leaf
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) bark
  • 2 teaspoons orange (Citrus x sinensis) peel
  • 1 teaspoon clove (Syzygium aromaticum) buds


  1. Measure spices into a coffee grinder and chop to break into smaller pieces. Combine with rooibos leaves.
  2. Mix well and store in a glass canning jar for 24-48 hours to let the flavors and aromas melt.
  3. Transfer to a tea tin, label, and brew a cup when you want to warm up.


I add 2 teaspoons of this blend to 8 ounces of water and steep it for 10-15 minutes. Add a drizzle of honey, stir, and enjoy!

Love and light,

  1. Deb says:

    This recipe sounds very similar to one my mother-in-law would buy – made in England I believe. Sadly, the company no longer exists and I’ve not been able to find an alternative. I’d like to try yours, but have a question regarding the orange peel. Are the peels dried or fresh? If dried, is there anything special I need to know about drying them? Cheers, Deb

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