Cretan Mountain Tea / Malotiras (Sideritis Syriaca)


Cretan mountain tea (Malotira), is native only to the mountain ranges of Western Crete. It is a plant within the Sideritis genus, also known as the ironwort family. The name 'Malotira' is derived from the Latin words 'male' and 'tirare,' which means to push away diseases, demonstrating how potent these small plants were considered to be. Sideritis means "iron" in Latin, and it was used to cure wounds caused by iron objects in ancient Greece. Soldiers also drank it before battle to increase their strength.

Sideritis plants thrived entirely in the wild on Crete's stunning mountain ranges. Cretans have historically gathered and used Malotira plants in a variety of recipes and medical purposes, with the best growth occurring between 800 and 2,000 meters above sea level.

Many experts have identified the medical characteristics of this herb and its benefits for the heart, digestive, and immune systems over the years. It has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. When paired with its antioxidants, these characteristics have the ability to help daily life in a number of ways, and Cretans have consumed this mountain tea for generations for these reasons.

The low ratio of tannins makes this tea caffeine-free and gives the Malotira a citrusy flavor with herbaceous notes similar to chamomile, and a light, woody aroma.

The wild version of the Malotira plant has unfortunately fallen dramatically and is now considered a rarity, mainly because of overgrazing and excessive collection.  domestic versions of the plant continue to be farmed to this day, providing benefits to people from all over the world.

Mountain Tea has gained popularity worldwide as an infusion that is often made in the wintertime. It may be used to cure almost any ailment, however, it is most commonly used to treat colds, respiratory problems, indigestion, and mild anxiety. It is said to strengthen the immune system and is prized for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce fever. It might also help prevent anemia, ADHD, gastric ulcers, and neurological conditions. It can also be helpful for pain management.

Malotira is widely used in combination with other healing herbs and ingredients. If you have a cough, a cup of mountain tea with honey can help soothe a sore throat.

While further study is needed, researchers have discovered that Greek mountain teas, including Malotira, may improve the memory of those suffering from dementia. This, along with all of the additional advantages that this one-of-a-kind plant offers, makes it a great supplement to any daily routine, as well as a good alternative for individuals trying herbal or natural medicinal treatments for the first time.

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 an extended 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.

◉ 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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