Mountain tea: Did you know that…

  • in ancient times was believed that mountain tea could heal a wound caused by an iron object.
  • Dioscorides mentions it with the name Sideritis, which is its current official name. It is also known as shepherd’s tea or ironwort.
  • in Greece there are many varieties, such as “Sideritis syriaca”, “Sideritis raeseri”, “Sideritis cladestina”, “Sideritis parxoliata” etc.
  • it grows mainly in the Mediterranean countries, in mountainous and rocky areas.
  • it is a very popular beverage in Greece and it grows in almost all mountains of the country.
  • on the island of Crete they call it “malotira.” This word comes from the Italian language: Male means bad or sickness and tirare means pulling. This means that mountain tea pulls, removes the illness.
  • it is beneficial for colds, it helps with lung problems or in cases of indigestion and it strengthens the immune system. It also has antioxidant properties.

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