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*More tea?

So this poor guy who drank black tea for 25 years decided to switch to Earl Grey, thinking it would be better for his stomach. A week later he suffered from muscle cramps that required medical attention. The cause? Toxicity from bergamot oil, made from the rind of the bergamot orange, which gives Earl Grey its particular flavour. I had to ask, how much tea did the guy drink to get poisoned by tea?

Four litres a day. That’s about 16 cups folks. I wonder how he got out of the bathroom long enough to boil the kettle. Full story here.


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

11 thoughts on “*More tea?

  1. How did the man ever sleep? Tea is less caffienated than coffee, but it packs a jolt nevertheless…especially in those quantities!

    I enjoy Earl Grey on occasion – hope I don’t develop the dreaded bergamot oil allergy.

  2. I’m not that fond of bergamot and it’s one of the few essential oils I won’t burn. But 16 cups a day!!! I did laugh at your comment about the bathroom – so true!

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