When you think of a good combination you may think in something like tequila and lime. When it comes to flavors, it is important to know how to combine them. If you like tea, we found a pretty good combination for you.
If you want to experience a unique flavor, try a combination of black tea and bergamot oil.
The result is Earl Grey tea - a variation of black tea that is flavored with bergamot oil. Earl Grey tea was first used to imitate the expensive teas that came from China during the 1820s.
Bergamot oil is a cold-pressed essential oil produced by cells inside the rind of a bergamot orange fruit, which is a small citrus tree that blossoms during the winter and grows commercially in Calabria, Italy.
This oil is added to black tea to give Earl Grey its unique taste. This tea is not a registered trademark.Therefore,numerous tea companies produce their own versions using different types of tea leaves and additives.
A tea can be flavored in many ways and depending on how you prepare it can be stronger or taste less using quality ingredients.
One way to flavor an Earl Grey tea is by pouring from ten to fifteen drops of bergamot essential oil into a jar with a cup of loose leaf black tea. Shake the jar and leave it there for at least two days until the leaf absorbs oil.
This recipe is the most commonly used recipe by Earl Grey tea drinkers. However, you can modifyit depending on your preferences. You can choose any type and amount of bergamot oil used at the time you make the tea.
A different way of drinking this amazing tea is by using it as a drink mixer for gin. During the 19th century, the poorer working-class households began to combine these 2 drinks. The result was an alcoholic drink that had a low percentage of alcohol.
Although the drink was never as popular as drinking Irish coffee like mixer. It continues serving it like retro cocktails that can be offered as a niche in some contemporary bars and restaurants.
Companies around the world produce Earl Grey tea but not all have the same taste. It depends on the ingredients and quality of the tea.Earl Grey tea doesn’t just have a unique and flavorsome taste, it also has many benefits that you can find out as you drink it. Until then, here are some of the most important benefits of drinking Earl Grey tea.
Protects the teeth from cavities and other oral infections
This tea contains high levels of catechin and antioxidant that fights oral infections.
Fluoride is another component that is within bergamot that helps you protect your teeth from cavities, as well as fighting teeth decay. So, if you are not able to brush your teeth frequently or you are fan of sugar, Earl Grey tea helps you get your daily dose of fluoride.
Improves the digestive process
Another benefit of this unique tea, is that it helps improve digestion and it aids in the digestive process reducing painful indigestion. It is known to have a calming effect on people because of the special ingredients that in it.
Bergamot also has a calming effect on people, as well as to boost a person´s mood. This characteristic of bergamot helps people fight anxiety, stress and depression.
Serves as an energy source
Has it ever happened to you that you have and exam, and you have many other things to do? There is a high chance that you will not get the 8 hours of sleep you usually do.
Earl Grey may not contain as much caffeine as coffee, but it contains enough caffeine to give you a nice boost and when you finish all your tasks you can go have a pleasant night. This is a really good alternative to coffee and a healthier way for getting a little bit of extra energy.
Helps you lose weight
One of the most popular effects of Earl Grey is weight loss, thanks to the citrus extract. Therefore, many people believe citrus fruits in general can induce weight loss. It also can be used as a complement for those who go to the gym. The tea works as a stimulant and it helps you to de-intoxicate your body.
Lowers the risk of heart disease
Earl Grey will not only help you lose weight, it also helps in lowering the risk of a heart disease. A study published in 2012 in Preventative Medicine found that people who drank three cups of Earl Grey tea daily lowered triglyceride levels.It also helps you to increase the amount of good cholesterol in your body.
Wrapping up, we pointed out five of the most impactful benefits of drinking this type of tea, and there are many more. And finally, it is up to you to prove if these benefits are real.