Cretan Mountain Tea / Malotiras (Sideritis Syriaca)
Cretan mountain tea (Malotira) of the Sideritis (ironwort) genus, is native only to the mountain ranges of Western Crete.
"Malotira" in Latin means "to drive away diseases" demonstrating its potency, while "Sideritis" in ancient Greek means "iron" from its use to treat wounds caused by iron objects. Even soldiers 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.
But unfortunately, the wild version of the Malotira plant has fallen dramatically and is now considered a rarity, mainly because of overgrazing and excessive collection.
Thankfully, domestic versions of the plant continue to be farmed to this day, providing benefits to people from all over the world!
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.
This herb is very beneficial for the heart, digestive, and immune systems. It has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. When paired with its antioxidants, these characteristics have the ability to help daily life in a number of ways, leading Cretans to consume it for generations.
It is most commonly used to treat colds, sore throats, respiratory problems, indigestion, mild anxiety, and to reduce fever, while it could also help to prevent anemia, ADHD, gastric ulcers, and neurological conditions, or used as a pain reliever.
Malotira specifically is widely used in combination with other healing herbs and ingredients, such as making an excellent remedy for the common cold by combining it with some honey.
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.
◉ 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.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, 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
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!