Mountain tea - a natural elixir for better health
The botanical name for Mountain Tea is Σιδηρίτης (Sideritis), which means ‘made of, or containing iron’. Shaped like a spear with multiple yellow flowers, it grows at higher altitudes, has a mild and sweet aroma and is delicious drunk both hot or on ice and with a slice of lemon. Mountain tea is the most commonly found Greek herbal tea and is often used as a base for more complex blends. Traditionally, it’s been used to relieve respiratory infections and coughs including those caused by colds and has been used to also prevent such infections. Mountain Tea is also used to relieve stomach and digestive problems. The small yellow flowers, leaves and stems of Mountain Tea are rich in oils and compounds which are known antioxidants.
Greek Mountain tea has long been renowned for its many health benefits and contribution to general wellness. The forefather of Greek philosophy, Hippocrates, credited Sideritis for its antioxidant powers, antimicrobial qualities and anti-inflammatory benefits. The following are some of the health benefits reported in the scientific literature.
1) Digestive support and immune boost
This Greek product has all the natural benefits of green tea, including helping to aid in digestion and strengthen the immune system with its cellular antioxidant effects. With a more floral and satisfyingly fragrant taste than green tea, Sideritis offers a much more pleasant way of reducing oxidative stress. Ironwort can be especially helpful to aid women’s digestive systems through improving estrogen metabolism. Greek Mountain tea’s digestive aid qualities make it the perfect after dinner drink for a relaxing and calm evening vibe.
2) Improved Sleep Quality
A recent study by The German Sleep Society (DGSM) tested Greek Mountain tea’s ability to help those with sleep disorders. With its calming, caffeine free and relaxing qualities, Sideritis is the ideal healthy drink to accompany you into a healthy sleep routine and help you to drift off to dreamland. There is also some evidence to support the idea that Greek Mountain tea can help sufferers of Dementia and ADHD.
3) Cardiovascular benefits
As well as being naturally caffeine free, some studies have shown that Greek Mountain Tea also has cardiovascular and intestinal benefits by helping to lower blood pressure. This smooth and easy drinking Greek product is also packed with essential oils and has a broad range of phytonutrients, which are thought to enhance immunity and intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins and detoxify carcinogens.
4) Anxiety and stress reduction
The Greek herbs and flowers found in Mountain tea can also help those who suffer from mild anxiety. Studies have shown that Greek Mountain tea can reduce stress, anxiety and be used as an anti-depressive aid. There is some evidence stemming from ancient anecdotes to support the idea that mountain tea can also give your libido a boost. The fact that this Greek herb can help reduce stress, anxiety, and improve sleep as well as increase general wellness would support a feeling of improved sensuality. Greek Mountain tea’s many anti-oxidants and phytonutrients offer a calming and soothing healthy drink ideal for anytime of the day, be it an afternoon solace from the chaos of daily life or to help calm your mind and soul before preparing for bed, whether you plan to sleep or not.
5) Anti-Inflammatory qualities
The Greek herbs found in Mountain tea also have vast anti-inflammatory qualities. Greek Mountain tea is also thought to have a naturally high bioflavonoid content, which aids as a mild anti-inflammatory Greek product and enhances vitamin c intake. This means adding just one cup of Greek Mountain tea to your daily routine could help ease general aches and joint pains as well as relief from oxidant elements of life.
6) General Wellness
Greek Mountain tea has also been known to help suppress the common cold and other viruses, allergies, shortness of breath and even sinus congestion. Modern science has confirmed Hippocrates accreditations of Sideritis for its antioxidant attributes, antimicrobial qualities and anti-inflammatory benefits to be correct. Drinking two to three cups of mountain tea every day is thought to help prevent or fight flu symptoms and stress-related ailments such as chest infections, headaches, fatigue and anxiety.