Parnassus Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis Raeseri Boiss)


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, antioxidants, tannins, iron, cobalt, zinc, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and volatile oils.

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.

◉ 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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