Greek Mountain Tea
Greek Mountain Tea
Whole flower Greek mountain tea (Sideritis)
Clear vibrant green gives way to softer honey tones. Rounded and smooth to taste – a touch of fruit, woody and earthy notes, and a light, floral element. Naturally caffeine free.
Greek mountain tea (Sideritis) whole flowers only.
Ethically farmed in Thessaly, Greece – all of our ingredients are 100% organic.
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Greek mountain tea or Sideritis is also known as ‘shepherd’s tea’ and ‘ironwort’, Sideritis grows all over Greece above around 1000m – from where it gets its other name, mountain tea. Sideritis translates as “he who is made of – or has – iron.” The mythology goes that it was used to cure wounds caused by iron in battles. Also, according to Greek mythology, this tea was the food of the Titans, and Greek grandmothers still urge their grandchildren to drink at least a cup a day to make them as strong as a Titan. It is immensely popular.
Methods and recipe
This mountain tea has been produced ethically and sustainably without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Discarding stalks and even leaves was the masterstroke that makes our Greek mountain tea special: we only use pure whole flowers. The plants are harvested by hand in the early morning, when it is cool; dried hanging in bunches in well-ventilated barns; and also hand packed to ensure they arrive in pristine condition. This is more labour intensive, but worth it for the lighter, more floral infusion that results.
Greek mountain tea (Sideritis) health benefits
Even in ancient times, the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, the forefather of modern medicine, lauded Sideritis for its benefit to the immune and respiratory systems. Mountain tea is naturally caffeine free. Modern studies have shown that it has antioxidant properties similar to those of green tea, plus anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies have shown cardiovascular and intestinal benefits, helping lower blood pressure and reducing inflammation.