Greek mountain tea grows in the eastern Mediterranean between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level and has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient times. We will tell you what exactly is in the tea and what is involved in the healing effect.
Ancient Medicinal Herb: Greek Mountain Tea
Unlike many other teas that are said to have healing properties, Greek tea is not a blend of herbs. It is also not infused with green tea like rosemary tea, but rather enjoyed on its own as an infusion. The Greek mountain tea plant has long inflorescences with numerous individual yellow flowers and small hairy leaves. Sideritis scardica, as it is called in Latin, is also known as Greek verbena: “Sideros” means “iron” in Greek. Ancient physicians used the positive effect of Greek mountain tea for many ailments, and the tea is still used today as an herbal remedy. The application areas are:
- Lung diseases
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- sleep disorders
- depressive moods
- chronic kidney disease
The healing effect of Greek mountain tea has not been proven by large clinical studies. However, as there are many practice reports and promising research results from the laboratory, it is recognized as a traditional herbal medicine. There is nothing to say against its use, especially since Greek mountain tea has no side effects.
Preparation and taste of Greek mountain tea
Terpenes, essential oils, and flavonoids have been identified as the most effective ingredients in Greek Mountain Tea. Pour boiling water over one to two teaspoons of the dried, chopped plant per cup for proper development. Let the infusion steep for five to ten minutes. You can use five to six tablespoons for a liter of tea. The flavor of Greek mountain tea is spiced with a light touch of sage and lemon. The sooner it is tasted after harvest, the more aromatic the tea is. By the way, fresh leaves can also be prepared: Greek mountain tea also grows in beds or pots in this country. Add the herb Sideritis to garden herbs like lemon balm, rosemary, or sage for your alkaline tea and add variety to your cup.
How much Greek mountain tea is recommended?
According to the current state of knowledge, Greek mountain tea can be drunk several times a day without hesitation, but there are no studies on its use during pregnancy. In summer, the herb can also be enjoyed cold. To do this, put the hot drink in a bottle or pitcher, fill with cold water and leave in the fridge overnight – a delicious and refreshing summer drink! Do you prefer it hot? Then try our grog tea plus a cup of the medicinal herb: strong black tea is refined with anise, lemon, sugar and rum.