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The Greek mountain tea works against Alzheimer
Sideritis scardica Greek Mountain tea
In Greek "Sideritis" can be literally translated as "he who is or has the iron". The plant was known to ancient Greeks, specifically Dioscorides and Theophrastus. Although Dioscorides describes three species, only one (probably S. scordioides) is thought to relate to Sideritis. In ancient times Sideritis was a generic reference for plants capable of healing wounds caused by iron weapons during battles. However others hold that the name stems from the shape of the sepal which resembles the tip of a spear.
Mountain tea – Sideritis scardica – is also known as Greek Mountain Tea, Ironwort and Shepherd’s Tea. A popular drink throughout Eastern & Central Europe it has a very pleasant taste which is sometimes enhanced with cinnamon and honey. The ancient Greek thought it to be capable of healing wounds made by iron weapons and the Bulgarians attribute properties akin to Viagra to this yellow flowering plant.
Traditionally it is used to aid digestion, stimulate the circulatory system and help the body deal with colds and coughs.
Modern science actually backs up that the tea helps in the prevention of osteoporosis and also supports its popular use to prevent colds, flu, and allergies. There is currently a fair bit of research being done into possible actions that prevent the reuptake of serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine which suggests that Sideritis scardia may have application in mental health, particularly ADHD.
Mountain tea contains considerable amounts of flavanoids, antioxidant, tannins, iron, cobalt, zinc, potassium, magnesium, sodium and volatile oils.