Apples are a rich source of phytochemicals or plant compounds that offer numerous health benefits, such as a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to Cornell University's Jeanelle Boyer, in a review published in the 2004 issue of "Nutrition Journal." Boyer reports that apple peels are especially beneficial, as they have a high concentration of quercetin, a potent antioxidant that also helps reduce the risk of diabetes. Along with eating the peels raw with your apple, you can partake of their benefits if you use them to make apple tea.
Select a fresh, unbruised apple, and wash it well under running water. This removes any bacteria and pesticides that may be on the skin.
Peel the apple with a paring knife, keeping the peels between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Put the apple peels in a glass bowl.
Boil 2 cups of water, and when it is at a rolling boil pour the water over the apple peels in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a glass plate or saucer, and allow the apple peels to steep in the water for five minutes. Herbs2000.com herbal encyclopedia reports that this manner of making apple tea is also good for kidney function.
Remove the cover after five minutes, and take a fork and gently mash the apple peel into the water. This helps release more flavor, juice and healthy polyphenols into the water.
Strain the apple tea into a glass mug or cup by running it through a sieve. Gently press the apple peel into the sieve as well, to get the remaining juice.
Flavor your apple tea with cinnamon, honey or stevia if desired.