The Greek Mountain Tea is being known since the age of Dioskourides (1st Century A.D), and took its name (Sideritis) from its ability to heal wounds made from iron pieces (sidiros means iron in Greek language). According to Greek tradition, it was used as a panacea for any illness, while recent studies have proved the special attributes of the plant. It will kill all kind of microbes, it will strengthen the body's immune system, it will give the body a boost, it is very good for colds in the winter and it is even good for eye problems if one rinses the eyes regularly with the tea.
Through its delicious and rich flavour, researchers found that all Sideritis species plants were shown to have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-spasmodic properties. They were rich in a number of natural antioxidants, including flavonoids, and almost all species also contained essential oils.
When brewing Greek mountain tea from plants, you can use the flowers, stem and leaves of the plant. Place around six to eight 2-inch pieces of the plant into boiling water and lower the heat, allowing it to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how strong you like the tea. Greek mountain tea has an earthy taste and, if you use the flowers, a slight floral scent. You can add honey as well as milk or lemon for extra flavour to your tea..
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