Orange is the New Black (Tea)

How are you dear Soul-Searchers? Here is the first post from the collab series on wellness I promised you all. We have named it Roohie. Hope you like reading it. Enjoy πŸ™‚


A summer evening never seems perfect enough without a cup of orange tea. These amazing little oranges come from my mother’s beloved balcony garden. My father squeezes them in a freshly brewed pot of black tea to make us this rejuvenating sip.

What follows is a ritual in the midst of the hullabaloo of the growing city. We take our simmering cups of orange tea and sit together as a family in the living room, listening to each other’s stories. Love and memories are brewed to the tangy-sweet smell of our cups. (Snigdha, The Soul-Searcher)

“Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back and appreciate our surroundings.” ~ Latitia Baldridge got the essence of tea time just right. In Assam*, though, there are tea times and there are several cups of tea in between. We are genetically brewed in tea, I am sure, because there’s often no mood that a cup of ‘saah’** cannot enhance. Through summers to the rains and then winters, we stay loyal to the cuppa.


But there can be seasonal variations to make this otherwise common necessity an elixir of sorts. I love squeezing freshly plucked oranges in the kettle, infusing the sweetness of the fruit in the brew with its delicate aroma to start the day with. I discovered this long ago at a friend’s place, on a rainy day, drenched from head to toe, sipping the aromatic tea and feeling warm. (Prerana, House of Noorie)

*(a northeastern state of India and from where we belong)

**(the Assamese word for tea)

pc: The Soul-Searcher

We discovered each other’s love for citrus flavours in our teacups as we discussed the opening chapter of the project, and what better than tea to open our wellness series. (There’s the eponymous cup of tea with a slice of lemon in The Soul-Searcher’s logo)

Your thoughts? Have you ever tried orange tea before? Tell us your wellness stories. We will feature your stories on The Soul-Searcher and House of Noorie.

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Happy Soul-Searching!

Author: The SoulSearcher

The writer is a research scholar in English literature, an avid reader and sucker for life philosophies

16 thoughts

  1. I love tea and my favorite now is bittergourd tea, it helps with my high blood pressure. But I love that you really put effort on your post with all your photos πŸ™‚ I love the idea of a whole family drinking tea once a day and spending time together, i love that. Me I take my tea, hop in a car and my husband will off and drive me to work. πŸ™‚


      1. omg I dont have any recipe to share, I just boil them πŸ™‚ I buy the dried bittergourd in any asian market and boil them and helps with my blood pressuire, it acts as a diuretic to me.


      2. We are looking for simple yet significant household knowledge. Your story is perfect for this. Would you, if you don’t mind of course, send us a photo of your cuppa? If you are okay with it, we would like to share your knowledge with everyone! ☺


  2. Good afternoon, first of all, the picture picked my eye, looks good, now let me read😁i like tea in summer as well, but specially early morning in the garden and you know what? I have clementine and lemon tree, smells so different if i compare with those from the shop, tea time and great talk with family sounds like a meaningful evening, i have never tried before to add some juice in to my tea, i have never tried this kind of tea before, i usually just drink citrus tea, but i’m buying tea in bags taste of peach and lemon, also i like meant tea, but now i’m curious to try your recipe, also, thank you so much for being so supportive on my blog, happy to stop by here as well, hugs❀️


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