The Greek Mountain Tea – Sideritis scardica
The Greek mountain tea is distantly related to
our well-known sage and belongs to the mint
family (like marjoram, mint and melissa).
There are many labels for Greek mountain tea;
depending on its origin it may also be called
„donkey's tea“, „shepherd's tea“, „bitter tea“ or
„island tea“. You may also come across the terms
„Olympic mountain tea“, „Greek verbena“ or „erigeron“.
Beside Sideritis scardica the Mediterranean
area is home to more than 80 other varieties
of Sideritis having been identified so far.
However, the Sideritis scardica mainly grows
here in the northern part of Greece, at an
altitude of about 800 metres above sealevel.
As opposed to many other plant species
Sideritis scardica is able to withstand even
unfavourable weather conditions with periods
of frost and snow.
Due to overharvesting it has been made subject
to species protection in many Greek regions.
Our cultivation of Sideritis scardica ensues
the requirements of controlled organic cultivation;
hence, we also contribute our share to protect this
Initially, Greek mountain tea was a very popular after-work beverage among the Greek rural population because of its mood-lifting and soothing effect.
Later, it has also become a habit to use it in order to cure colds due to its anti-phlogistic, antibacterial and antifungal impact.
Moreover, Sideritis scardica was utilized as a remedy for indigestion. From time immemorial Sideritis scardica has been used as a healer in the context of various ailments and is also deployed to stregthen mental faculties.
It has been proven that Greek mountain tea has a positive impact on the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease, depressions and ADHS. (see also...)
Among others, Sideritis scardica contains essential oils, flavonoids (water-soluble plant pigments, some of which being great antioxidants), phenylethanoids (controlling cellular functions and serving as radical
scavengers) and phenolic acids (operating antibacterial and anti-carcinogen).
Sideritis scardica is both a healthy and an aromatic tea with slight touches of lemon and cinnamon.
You may also enjoy a refreshing iced Sideritis scardica, and mixing it with other herbal teas will always reward you with a new and exciting flavour.
Learn more about our Sideritis scardica on the following pages.