The health effects obtained from Earl Grey tea have been in the consciousness of many tea aficionados throughout society. It has often been consumed to provide relaxation and calm during stressful times.
Earl grey tea is a popular type of black tea and is much loved in the United Kingdom. It is made from basic black tea leaves combined with the oil extracted from the peel or rind of the orange bergamot fruit. Bergamot is a citric lime tree found in the Mediterranean and the South of France. It infuses the earl grey tea with a light, smooth and spicy flavor that many can only describe as ‘elegant’.
Earl grey tea is often taken with either honey or sugar. Milk is also often added. It is a popular beverage during afternoon tea and is usually taken with sweets, pastries or cookies. Earl grey tea is used as a flavoring for many types of cakes and confectionery nowadays.
There are several versions of how earl grey tea began. But the most popular story is that the recipe of the tea was given as a gift to British Prime Minister Earl Charles Grey by a Chinese mandarin whose son was rescued from drowning by the Prime Minister’s men in 1830. This story is generally considered as a folk tale as it has been noted that Earl Grey did not set foot in China during his term as Prime Minister.
A more recent version says that Jacksons of Piccadilly originated the tea, with the recipe having been obtained by Robert Jackson & Co. partner George Charlton from Lord Grey in 1830.
Earl grey tea benefits are generally derived from its black tea and bergamot components. Black tea is known to contain antioxidants while bergamot is said to be a potent nervine enhancer. The addition of milk to the blend is generally considered as reducing the strength of the health benefits.
Earl grey tea is ideally consumed in moderate quantities as it contains caffeine, while the bergamot essence may induce certain reactions (i.e. skin rashes, redness) when taken in large quantities.
Beneath are some benefits given by this tea:
- May help enhance the immune system and fight viruses that cause coughs, colds and flu.
- May help protect against cancer.
- May help protect against certain cardiovascular diseases.
- May help fight insomnia.
- May help induce relaxation and fight anxiety.
- May help fight depression and uplift the mood.
- May aid in proper digestion.
- May help in fighting inflammation.