Mountain Tea

Sideritis scardica

Mountain tea is a native plant mostly of the Mediterranean. It grows in rocky places and usually on heights. The genus of Sideritis comprises more than 150 species. In Greece we can find 17 species of the plant. The herb is known from the ancient years and Hippocrates, Theofrastos and Dioscouridis have referred to its existence and significance.

There are many aspects for the origin if the scientific name Sideritis. According to one of these the name is attributed to the high iron content of the plant, whereas another one results from the greek word for metal “sidiros” due to the healing properties of the plant on wounds from metal arms. In folk medicine it has been used for thousands of years as a warming, tonic, diuretic, antioxidant agent and for curing common cold.

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