Mountain tea is a natural caffeine-free herbal tea made from a single variety of sideritis plants. It is also known as “Shepherd’s Tea” or “Greek Mountain Tea”. It is prepared with dried flowers, leaves and stems of the sideritis plant, located in the mountainous Mediterranean regions of Greece, which is the largest consumer of mountain tea, as well as in Albania, Bulgaria and Macedonia. Ironitis is named after the Greek word for iron. In ancient times, the herb was used to heal wounds caused by iron weapons during battles. Sideritis is a blooming perennial therefore mountain tea has a floral, earthy, slightly sweet, and mild flavor to it. Its taste is known to resemble a mixture of mint, chamomile and citrus. Mountain tea was used by the ancient Greeks as a therapeutic herbal, medicinal drink.
Hippocrates, the Greek philosopher known as the father of modern medicine, welcomed his benefits for the immune and respiratory systems. In Greece today, mountain tea is consumed more often in winter, to combat the common cold and flu. Mountain tea contains high levels of antioxidants, polyphenols and essential oils, including flavonoids.
One study found that thanks to strong levels of antioxidants, mountain tea is as powerful as green tea in promoting the body’s antioxidant defenses and preventing oxidative stress.
There are still a number of studies looking at the health benefits of mountain tea, which has been shown to have the potential to enhance the immune response as an anti-inflammatory, help digestion and even prevent osteoporosis.
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