Earl Grey is a popular flavor of tea. Named after Lord Charles Grey, second Earl and Prime Minister to King William IV, the tea may have developed when oranges and tea were shipped to Lord Grey and the aromatic oranges flavored the tea. Earl Grey tea has many benefits.
Earl Grey can be made of green, white, black, oolong or herbal (tisane) teas as it is more of a flavor than a specific type of tea. The benefits of drinking Earl Grey tea depends largely on the type of tea or tisane it is based on.
Earl Grey tea is a mix of tea with oil of bergamot. Bergamot is a small, aromatic orange that is high in antioxidants. It has been used in the past to treat depression, anxiety, fevers and internal parasites, and has disinfectant properties.
The tea, if black, green or oolong, has antioxidants; thus, it's good for heart health. Earl Grey has natural fluoride and is good for your teeth. It's soothing, but also has some caffeine, though much less than coffee.
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