Greek Mountain Tea - Sideritis


On Crete, the common name for Mountain Tea is Malhotra. Just about every region of Greece has its own name for the tea, such as Olympos tea and Parnassos tea, reflecting the name of the mountain where it grows. The most common English name other than Mountain Tea is Shepherd's Tea because Greek shepherds use the plants to make a brewed tea while tending their flocks high in the hills.
Greek Mountain Tea is prominent in the Mediterranean diet, this herbal infusion is scientifically shown to provide numerous health benefits, including antioxidant comparable to green tea.
The lemon notes of the tea make it really enjoyable in taste and the health benefits that it provides are remarkable.

The tea is made from the dried flowers, leaves, and stems of the native Sideritis plant which grows throughout the mountainous regions of Greece - typically over 3000ft. There are over 150 varieties.
A naturally caffeine-free herbal tea infusion made from the dried flowers, leaves, and stems of the Sideritis plant. Consumption of Greek mountain tea dates back to an ancient civilization in Greece, when the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, hailed its benefits for the immune and respiratory systems. It has anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in iron, high in natural antioxidants, and contains essential oils. The tea aids with digestion and strengthens the immune system. It is very soothing and calming and can reduce stress. Additionally, it is commonly used to fight off the common cold.
The tea tastes great, especially when sweetened with honey. Spiked with a shot of brandy and fresh lemon & honey, you will reap the cold-fighting benefits of Greek mountain tea hot toddy :)


Shepherd's Tea
100% natural
Vegan & organic
small batch ♡ weight 1.1 oz / 30 g (large bag)
or 3-pack (three large bags)

Sideritis Raeseri is indigenous on Mount Parnassus.  
Sideritis Scardica is indigenous on Mount Olympus.  
Sideritis Syriaca can be found on the island of Crete. Specifically in Psiloritis and Leyka Ori at elevations 800 until 2000 feet. 

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add a heaping TBSP of dried leaves, flowers, and stems to the pan for every 2 cups of water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Enjoy with lemon or honey.