Greek Mountain tea
Mountain tea is part of the family Lamiaceae of the genus Sideritis. The genus includes over 100 species, mainly found in Mediterranean countries, the Canary Islands and North Asia. In Greece there are approximately 17 species.
It is a herbaceous, perennial plant, but there are some species grow for one year only.
Planting is recommended in two periods, from October to November and from February to March, in the northern hemisphere and the harvest in July, when it has fully blossomed. The part of the plant that is harvested is the blossoming flowers in full bloom along with 5-6 cm of stems. It is an aromatic-medicinal plant. The flowering stems are typically dried so that they can last for a long time. In almost all Mediterranean countries it is used as a herb for various purposes.
The quality is proportional to the altitude; the higher the altitude, the better quality of the tea.
- It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant properties, some species to the extent of green tea, gastrointestinal protection, antibacterial, immunomodulatory.
- It also contains antidepressant substances.
- As a beverage it has many beneficial properties, due to the essential oil components.
- Research has shown that it has a positive effect on the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
HOW TO USE
As beverage: Add some leaves and flowers of the herb to water and boil for 5 minutes. Then strain it and drink it plain or with honey. You consume it either hot or cold.