My heart is closely connected to the scent of Earl Grey Tea. When I drink a cup I am filled with a sense of strength. It is uplifting, yet relaxing, boosts my confidence, relieves stress and the most important asset is that it brings my English Grandmother to my mind.
My love for my Grandma Hilda, in turn, has instilled in me a love for all things English, where deep roots of our family run. I miss her dearly and cherish anything that will remind me of her, so it only makes sense that such a strong English tradition would take me back to her.
But why the automatic mood boost?
The secret is in that magical ingredient…
The Earl Grey blend is named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, the British Prime Minister in the 1830’s. It is said that he received a gift, most likely by a Chinese diplomat, of tea flavored with bergamot oil
“Bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia) is a small citrus tree which blossoms during the winter and is grown commercially in Calabria, Italy. It is probably a hybrid of Citrus limetta (sweet lime) and Citrus aurantium (bitter orange).”
My sister and I used to joke that we could both drink Bergamot essential oil straight, the scent is just so intoxicating. So once we realized that Bergamot was the magical ingredient our beloved Earl Gray, it didn’t take long to connect the DIY dots.
Earl Grey is one of my favorite afternoon pick-me-ups….Bergamot is one of my most prized essential oils. It’s a match made in heaven… it’s just perfection, plain and simple.
This recipe is beyond simple, but the really important key to it all is to only use the highest quality ingredients.
Your ingredients are:
Bergamot Essential Oil – I only use Young Living Essential oils. It is absolutely VITAL if you are ingesting essential oils to only use Therapeutic, Grade A, Organic Essential oils. (Don’t be fooled by oils labeled “100% Pure” which are only actually required to contain 5% of the actual essential oil in order to be labeled that way.)
*Orange peel or Rose Petals, optional
To infuse your own Earl Grey tea :
- Drop 4-16 drops of Young Living Bergamot Essential oil to the sides of a glass mason jar. (I realize that this is extremely vague but it really varies from person to person. My husband likes it best when it is mild, while I enjoy it very strong.)
- Add your loose, black tea leaves (2 cups) and any other added ingredients (citrus peel, rose petals, etc)
- Stir/shake the contents of the jar vigorously to coat.
- Let the tea “cure” for several hours up to a few days.
You can drink a cup right away but I recommend being patient and letting the mixture cure. For best results use within a few months as the flavor will fade over time.
This has been one of my favorite Homemade/DIY projects that I have ever done, I hope you love it as much as I have!