Organic Cretan Mountain Tea / Malotiras (Sideritis Syriaca)

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A native of Greece and a selective few countries in Europe, Sideritis Syriaca – is a very popular medicinal tea mostly known as “mountain tea”. It has a long list of beneficial properties, such as detoxifier, anti-anemic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, disinfectant, bacteriostatic, stimulant, and diuretic.

The essential oil of Sideritis Syriaca is a very potent microbicidal and at the same time recognized for its ability to enhance bone strength and prevent osteoporosis. To provide these benefits, the administration of the herb should be on daily basis.

Its anti-oxidant properties are put to good use in anti-aging herbal creams and lotions. It is also known to be able to preserve the natural color of the hair (preventing whitening) if used regularly. Sideritis Syriaca is also known to protect from sunburn, UV, and skin diseases caused by over-exposure to the daylight/ sun UV radiation.

A tea made out of this herb drank on regular basis would help keep the digestive system working perfectly well. It is also potent in the treatment of a wide array of respiratory diseases, anxiety, and symptoms of cold – sore throat, body ache, and headache.

Sideritis Syriaca has a special and very attractive smell for which reason it is used in many perfumes as well.

The Cretan Mountain Tea (Malotira) is being known since the age of Dioskourides (1st Century A.D) and took its name (Sideritis) from its ability to heal wounds made from iron pieces (sidiros means iron in the Greek language). According to Greek tradition, it was used as a panacea for any illness, while recent studies have proved the special attributes of the plant. It will kill all kinds of microbes, it will strengthen the body's immune system, will give the body a boost, it is very good for colds in the winter and it is even good for eye problems if one rinses the eyes regularly with the tea.

There has been some main research in the last years that has uncovered many of its drastic ingredients and this has been proved by experiments. Around 99 different active ingredients have been identified and one of the most interesting finds is that it can be drunk in big doses and continually without negative effects. This means that it is an ideal herb to use to strengthen your body's immune system and well feeling.

Recent medical studies have also shown that this herb will fight cancer and will also help to cure and delay osteoporosis. The last finding of the positive effects of osteoporosis has been studied by a group of scientists at the University of Athens.

Recommended Dosage
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.

Notes
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.

Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions

  1. Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
  3. Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
  4. Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired. 

Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!

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