Earl Grey – a Perfect Combination of Black Tea and Bergamot Orange

Do you feel stressful from your daily chores?  Do you want to have a moment to yourself, cool yourself down for a refreshing cup of tea?

The benefits of Tea has been discovered thousands of years ago.  There are many variety of tea available in the market.  One of the more popular western teas is Earl Grey.

One will never expect the combination of black tea and bergamot orange will give you so many great benefits.  Researchers from many tests has proven that black tea can help us recover from stress.

Earl Charles Grey was the prime minister of Great Britain from 1830 to 1834.  Though there were many stories why his name was chosen for the tea, the most likely reason was due to his contribution to Great Britain.

The tea give a distinctive and strong smell that boost your energy like coffee with its bergamot flavor, not caffeine.  Bergamot is often called as bergamot orange.  Both orange and bergamot are from Citrus family and their fruits are about the same size.  Except the bergamot fruit is yellow like lemon.  Beside in tea, bergamot oil has been used in desserts, sweets liqueurs, lotions, perfumes and even in aromatherapy.

Bergamot was also used to cure fever, sooth stress, solve intestinal problems and even improve immune system as part of the Italian folklore medicine.

earl-grey-decaf-black-teaTea leaves of Earl Grey Tea is coming from the species called Camellia Sinensis.  There are natural chemical compounds called flavonols and flavonoids in it.  The tea leaves need to go thru the traditional drying and rolling to become black tea.  Through these processes, it will form the healthy components which are called thearubigins and theaflavins.  Researches done in Linus Pauling Institute has summarized that this type of antioxidants that can help to protect us from cardiovascular and cancer related chronic illness.  Another good thing is, like other black tea, Earl Grey contains fluoride, the ever popular dental health promoting compound.

There was a major study done on 69,000 female volunteers which was published by “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in November 2012’s issue, noted that those who drank 3 cups or more tea weekly, had much lower risk of gastrointestinal related cancer compare to those who did not drink any tea at all.

Earl Grey tea has almost 0 calorie and with wonderful taste.  For a cup of 8 ounce Earl Grey tea, if you add 1 teaspoon of honey, it only has 22 calories.  If you add a teaspoon of sugar, it only has 15 calories.

For the same cup of tea, like water, it helps you to stay hydrated.  With the potassium in it, it balances your body fluid.

There is only 14 to 61 milligrams of caffeine in the same cup black tea while there is 95 to 200 milligrams in coffee.

Though with so many goodness in it.  There are still some precautions needed when drinking tea:

  • It still may cause mild gastric if taken with empty stomach for some people.
  • Although it has less caffeine compare with coffee, it also may cause agitation and nervousness for some who have less resistant.
  • There is a component in tea that may slowing the absorption of iron from foods
  • Expecting or breast-feeding mummies and should consume moderately.