My friends at the office introduced me to Greek mountain tea the other day and I have to say I was well impressed. The tea had a very pleasing flavour with a satisfying body and with a bit of honey added it was a warming and very refreshing drink.
Greek mountain tea is made using the dried leaves and flowers of Sideritis plants (ironwort). and according to about.com is aptly named as the plant is to be found on rocky slopes at elevations over 3,200 feet (1000 meters). Serving suggestions given include serving Mountain Tea at breakfast or before retiring at night, with (black) olives, feta cheese, and crusty bread.
It is also believed to have medicinal proprieties and it is said to have a positive effect on almost any ailment. It is used for colds, respiratory problems, digestion, the immune system, and even for mild anxiety. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory and to reduce fever.
According to the wiki on Greek mountain tea, scientific studies carried out mainly in countries where the plant is native suggest that there is a high degree of truth to claims of its healing properties. Sideritis is known scientifically to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and as an anti-oxidant. Active elements include diterpenoids flavonoids, and its essential oils.
It may be worth checking out your local pharmacy or speciality tea shop as they may stock some. You can also find it online from Mountain Tea for 9€ per 100gr. This site also provides a nice video on how to prepare the tea. Or it can be found at amazon.co.uk
An all round tea that boosts your health-this is definately one to try.