Greek mountain tea, is also known as shepherd’s tea. Greek mountain tea is low in calories, delicious flavor and one of the most useful herbal teas which have immense health benefits. Learn more about the properties of Greek mountain tea.
Greek mountain tea has been used for centuries as a cure for colds, flus, viruses, digestive conditions and anxiety. The tea is known by many names in Greece including Shepherd’s tea, Tea of the Gods and τσαϊ του βουνού (pronounced tsah-ee too voo-noo). It is an extremely hardy plant that grows wild on the side of mountains at an altitude of over 3,300 feet and is found throughout Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania. Known by its formal name of Sideritus, or Ironwort, the health benefits of mountain tea have been known as far back as the time of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine who praised the tea for its healing effects on the respiratory and immune system. Modern clinical trials have shown the tea to be effective in treating conditions such as osteoporosis, stomach ulcers, bacterial infections and cancer.
Mountain tea has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. A study performed in Italy in 2006 found that Sideritis italica was effective at killing almost 20 different strains of bacteria including Helicobacter pylori and Salmonella typhi. Another study performed in Greece at the University of Patras found that mountain tea increased the antioxidant activity of the midbrain by 72 % in mice. The tea is also packed with flavonoids, saponine, diterpenoids and essential oils.
A study performed in Turkey in 2011 tested the antioxidative effects of Sideritus caesarea against tricyclic antidepressant toxicity in rats. The experiment separated the rats into 3 groups consisting of a control group, a group treated with tricyclic antidepressants, and the final group was given tricyclic antidepressants and Sideritus caesarea. After 50 days, the third group displayed no significant changes when compared to the first group. This led researchers to conclude that “the constituents present in Sideritis caesarea impart protection against chemical-induced oxidative injury that may result in the development of cancer.”