Mountain tea Sideritis Raeseri Boiss Τσάϊ του Παρνασσού ή τσάι του βελουχιού.
The Greek mountain tea works against Alzheimer
Mountain tea Sideritis rαeseri Boiss Τσάϊ του Παρνασσού ή τσάι του βελουχιού.
The name "sideritis" (ironwort) derives from the Greek word for iron, σίδηρος (SEE-thee-ros) because sideritis was considered a great "remedy against trauma from iron weapons," that is to say wounds of war in ancient times. Dioscorides advises the herbal infusion of "mountain tea" to soldiers as a rejuvenating, regenerating aid to help them heal quicker and fuller. In Crete, under the Venetian rule, sideritis gained another name, popular to this day on the island and throughout the world: malotira. This name derives from the Italian: male means ailment/illness, while tirare means to pull, to draw out. Malotira draws out the illness..
In Greece alone, 17 different species are indigenous, extremely fragrant and very productive: Sideritis athoa (growing on Mount Athos), Sideritis clandestina (growing on the especially rough Mount Helmos and Taygetos in the Peloponnese), Sideritis scardica (on Mount Olympus), Sideritis raeseri (on Mount Parnassus), Sideritis syriaca(on the mountains of Crete, known as malotira, pronounced mah-loh-TEER-rah) andSiderities euboea (on the mountains of the Euboea island). Of these, only one species is cultivated, sideritis raeseri...the rest are all wild.
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.