Mountain Tea

Mountain tea is an aromatic medicinal plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It is grown in steep rocky areas with altitudes above 1000 meters. These species are particularly resistant to drought and low temperatures. They are particularly encountered in rock slopes where few plant species could survive and and can mainly be found in Greece. The prepared tea under the name “Mountain Tea” has many beneficial properties.

The beneficial effects are due to its anti-inflammatory, bacteriostatic and antioxidant action. It is also considered to be stomach friendly, diaphoretic, tonic, anti-irritant and anti-anaemic because it contains Fe. It does not contain caffeine like most of the other teas while its antioxidant action is similar to that of  green tea. The scientific name Sideritis comes from the Greek word “iron” due to its ability to heal wounds caused by iron weapons of the time or the high iron content of the plant.