Benefits of Earl Grey
In this blog, we will focus on the benefits of Earl Grey. From my experience, Earl Grey ought to be the most popular tea. I personally call it the entry-level tea. Not because it is inexpensive, but it is easily accessible. Aside from it being popular, it is also proven to be beneficial to our health and well-being.
Behind the Name
Early Grey is the most popular flavored tea in the world. It is named after the British Prime Minister Earl Grey in the 1800s. That said, it was the tea to the aristocrats.
Taste and Aroma Profile
Earl Grey is the most popular flavored tea in the world. Why flavored tea? It is because of the fragrant notes from the bergamot oil. We use it to flavor the tea. As a result, the black tea leaves yield a strong and malty base taste; the Bergamot oil exudes fruity, citrusy, a bit of floral and tart, and spicy notes.
Yummmm… Doesn’t that sound heavenly? If I were you, I’ll make myself a cup of Earl Grey tea now while reading this blog.
Did you know that Green Tea can also act as a base for Earl Grey tea? Interesting isn’t it?
“Absolutely delicious! If you’re an Earl Grey lover, this will take you to a whole new level!” – D’bora, Customer
When to Drink It?
Since Earl Grey tea is made of true Black Tea, it contains caffeine. It is best to drink it in the morning or as a pick-me-up in the afternoon. It is your perfect energy booster! It is also a crowd-pleaser. So you can definitely brew this tea for your guests at an afternoon tea or a tea party.
Not only is Earl Grey delicious but it’s also full of health benefits.
Earl Grey Tea Benefits
1) Antioxidant Source
True teas are rich in antioxidants which can give your immune system a good boost.
It also contains theaflavins, a polyphenol that has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Isn’t it amazing to consume a tasty and healthy drink? Healthy is delicious, too!
2) Immune System Pump
Remember that citrusy flavor? It’s because of the bergamot. Bergamot is a small citrus fruit grown in some parts of Asia that contains Vitamin C and a substantial amount of antioxidants. In effect, it helps the body fight against free radicals.
3) Energy Booster
Earl Grey contains caffeine but less than the usual amount in coffee. That means you can get that energy boost to help you get out of bed without worrying about having the jitters!
4) Mood Uplifter
Are you feeling slow and low? Drink Earl Grey to improve your mood. Aside from caffeine and theaflavins, all teas also contain L-Theanine. This amino acid is unique to tea. It crosses the blood-brain barrier that induces relaxation without being sleepy. It also improves mental focus.
I always tell my students at my tea tasting and blending courses that tea is such a curious beverage! It is calming and awakening at the same time! How paradoxical can one be?
5) Clarity Giver
Earl Grey and other true teas also have flavonoids. Numerous studies show that Flavonoids promote memory, learning, and other cognitive functions.
Not to mention, the polyphenols in teas are also brain food that helps improve cognition and memory.
6) Anxiety Reduction
I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. So I have an idea how difficult it is to accomplish daily tasks when it strikes. I try to catch it in advance, and when I do, I do mindfulness techniques and drink tea.
As mentioned above, L-Theanine and polyphenols are heaven-sent! They act in our nervous system, preventing anxiety and stress.
L-Theanine also boosts the alpha waves in the brain, which promotes relaxation.
Brain waves! Have you ever heard of that statement: I just had a brain wave! That usually means they just had an idea. But what are brain waves?
Brain waves are defined as the rhythmic flow of electricity in our brains.
There are four types:
a. Alpha – Awake but relaxed with eyes closed
b. Beta – Conscious waking state
c. Theta – Daydreaming, imagination, ideas, inspirational thinking
d. Gamma – Total unconsciousness, deep, dreamless sleep
Tea happens to give us that awakeness with relaxation, just like the alpha brain wave.
7) Stress Reduction
Tea allows us to create a space for ourselves. It enables us to be present, relaxed, and mindful.
Aside from that, the bergamot oil found in Earl Grey triggers the release of serotonin and dopamine. These are our feel-good and happy hormones. They can relieve stress and improve mood.
Now that you have learned the benefits of Earl Grey Tea, why not make one for yourself?
Let’s brew it together!
- Boil some water! In Germany, the water is very hard (rich in minerals). So I suggest using filtered water.
- Scoop 2-3 grams of tea.
- Let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Optional: Add a slice of lemon.
- Smell the aroma.
- Drink it peacefully.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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