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Updated 05 October 2015

Earl Grey: bergamot-scented tea

Earl grey tea is a popular black tea that is scented with bergamot - traditionally known as a useful and healing fruit.

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Key health benefits of Earl Grey

  • Bergamot has been documented as a useful and healing fruit in 12th century Europe
  • The Italians used bergamot for treating fever and intestinal worms
  • Bergamot's main properties are as a disinfectant and an antidepressant
  • The esters and alcohols present in bergamot reduce anxiety by calming the nervous system
  • The active components in bergamot are antiseptic, germicidal as well as relaxing
  • The catechin and fluoride content of black tea prevent tooth decay, while the antiseptic properties of bergamot can alleviate halitosis and oral infections
  • Contains beneficial amounts of caffeine that helps you to think clearly
  • The bergamot content fights flu, fevers and colds

Downsides of Early Grey

Tea has half the amount of caffeine than coffee and far less than coke, nevertheless, too much of a good thing CAN cause insomnia and nervousness. Note that out of the three main types of tea, green tea contains the least caffeine.

Extensive research shows that up to 300 milligrams of caffeine (about eight cups of tea) is not a health risk.

Anaemics should avoid excessive tea drinking during meals because the antioxidant properties of tea can reduce an individual's ability to absorb iron.

Too much tea can discolour your teeth.

Interesting facts

Earl Grey tea is a popular black tea that is scented with bergamot flavour. Bergamot is a lime tree that is grown in Italy and the South of France and its fruit gives Earl Grey a light spicy flavour.

When blended with black tea, bergamot complements black teas' anti-microbial effects.

The tea was named after Charles Grey, the second earl in his line and an extremely popular reforming British prime minister in the early 19th century. It is believed that the earl was given the tea recipe by a Chinese mandarin friend.

 
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