Earl Grey tea is not its own category of tea. It falls into the category of flavored teas. Flavored teas include any types of tea—white, green, oolong, black—that has been scented or flavored with fruits, flowers, spices, oils, extracts, and natural or artificial flavors. Earl Grey tea is a tea blend which has been flavored with the addition of oil of bergamot.
Benefits of Earl Grey Tea
Earl Grey does not only have a unique and tasty flavor; it also has a wide range of benefits.
1. Good for Teeth
Fluoride is a natural component of Earl Grey tea and is good for teeth because it protects them from cavities, as well as fighting decay. Tea contains very high levels of catechin, as an antioxidant that fights oral infections.
2. Good for Digestion
Earl Grey tea has been known to improve digestion. It aids in the digestion process and helps relieve painful indigestion, colic, and nausea and treat intestinal problems such as worms.
3. Fights Anxiety and Depression
The bergamot`s natural aromatherapy qualities in Earl Grey tea have been known for a calming effect as well as to boost a person’s mood. In this way Earl Grey is a good natural solution for people suffering from depression, stress and anxiety.
4. Energy Booster
It does contain enough caffeine that gives you a nice little afternoon boost without keeping you up all night.
5. Cancer Prevention
Earl Grey contains high quantities of antioxidants, which help the bodies to fight off free radicals that cause diseases such as cancer. Antioxidants also help the skin to stay healthy and looking young.
6. Weight Loss
Earl Grey tea has a citrus extract which is effective in weight loss. Bergamot contains natural ingredients that help in boosting metabolism and preventing the absorption of cholesterol in the stomach. Calories are broken down into energy for the muscles and most other waste is released through the natural metabolic process.
7. Prevention of Heart Disease
Drinking three cups of Earl Grey tea daily helps to lower the blood triglyceride levels and increases the levels of ‘good cholesterol’ HDL hence, lowers the risk for heart disease. Earl Grey tea is highly beneficial for people suffering with diabetes.
8. Stress Reliever
Earl Grey tea relaxes and soothes the body. It has a stress relief effect whilst simultaneously providing the same clarity and focus as coffee. This makes it the perfect alternative for those who don’t want to get overly wired from coffee.
9. Cold Reliever
The bergamot found within Earl Grey is used to improve the immune system as well as cure fevers. It is considered to be a natural cold remedy.
10. It Keeps You Hydrated
Unlike the dehydrating properties of coffee, tea helps you stay hydrated and maintains the body’s fluid balance because of its high potassium content.
Preparation of Earl Grey
Always ask your tea vendor for brewing instructions specific to the tea you purchased. Here are a few general Earl Grey tea brewing tips to keep in mind:
- Use fresh, pure, cold filtered water. If your Earl Grey has a black tea base, it can typically brew for longer periods of time and in hotter temperatures than flavored teas with a green tea base. Generally, this is somewhere between 200 and 212 degrees. Steep your Earl Grey tea for 2 to 3 minutes.
- If your Earl Grey tea came with specific recommendations for brewing, use those. But using about 2 grams of loose leaf tea per 8 oz. cup of water is a safe bet.
- Cover your Earl Grey tea while it steeps to keep all the heat in the steeping vessel.
- Avoid over steeping your flavored tea. The longer your tea steeps, the stronger the added flavor becomes and the more quickly the tea leaves will release any of their bitterness and astringency. Taste your tea after the recommended steeping time and then decide if you’d like.
TOTAL NUMBERS OF CUPS IN A DAY: 3-4 cups maximum in a day.
BRANDS AVAILABLE IN INDIA: Twinning’s, Organic India, Tulsi, Teatulia and Harney and sons.
BRANDS AVAILABLE IN USA & UAE: Twinning’s, Teatulia, Harney and sons.