That the oil of bergamot used to flavour Earl Grey tea comes from a species of orange? I didn’t. Why does this matter? I developed an allergy to oranges over the winter which gives me eczema and hives.

I first figured it out when I realized I was reacting to my laundry detergent, which was scented with orange oil, and also I reacted to some orange flavoured tea. Today, after having a pretty itch free day, I started breaking out in hives after an Earl Grey latte.

I thought that the flavour in Earl Grey came from an herb called Wild Bergamot, though apparently it only smells like bergamot and doesn’t taste the same.