Are you a tea lover?
There are countless tea varieties and flavors available worldwide, but one that has caught on extremely well over the past 150 years is Earl Grey.
The unique aroma of this tea is derived from oils of the rind of a bergamot orange. This a a highly fragrant orange available in China. How did a Chinese citrus get a very English name?
The Early Grey was the British prime minister in the 1830′s. His estate was one of the first to blend black tea leaves with bergamot, after receiving a gift from a diplomat that returned from China. The fragrant tea quickly rose in popularity and to this day enjoys worldwide success.
Some people treat a skin condition called psoriasis by applying bergamot oil directly to the skin and then shining long-wave ultraviolet (UV) light on the affected area. Bergamot oil is also applied to the skin (used topically) for a tumor caused by a fungal infection (mycosis fungoides) and for pigment loss (vitiligo). It is also used as an insecticide to protect the body against lice and other parasites.
Bergamot oil is sometimes inhaled (used as aromatherapy) to reduce anxiety duringradiation treatment.
In foods, bergamot oil is widely used as a
citrus flavoring agent, especially in gelatins
In manufacturing, bergamot oil is used in
perfumes, creams, lotions, soaps,
and suntan oils.
How does it work?
Bergamot oil has several active chemicals.
These chemicals can make the skin
sensitive to sunlight.
My Best to You, Dr. Kathleen Fuller