Sideritis Scardica – Mountain Tea

I bet you were wondering what happened to the Mountain Tea I bought on my recent venture out to the Russian delicatessen. Well, I thought you’d never ask…..

Mountain teaSideritis scardica – is also known as Greek Mountain Tea, Ironwort and Shepherd’s Tea.  A  popular drink throughout Eastern & Central Europe it has a very pleasant taste which is sometimes enhanced with cinnamon and honey.  The ancient Greek thought it to be capable of healing wounds made by iron weapons and the Bulgarians attribute properties akin to Viagra to this yellow flowering plant.

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

I prepared it according to directions on the pack (1 stem to 250ml boiling water, infuse for 5 – 10 mins), tasted it and really liked the flavour, straight up no sweetener.  As far as any immediate effects, well I wasnt overtaken by a sudden rush of lust if that’s what you are wondering *laughs*

This one I’ll definitely add to my list of regulars.  Try it, you might like it!

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21 Responses to Sideritis Scardica – Mountain Tea

  1. chieko says:

    Love this tea unsweetened! Sometimes add lemon and/or fresh ginger juice for digestive complaints. I find it invigorating. Mine is brewed in a Japanese teapot, 5 minutes tops. The flavor of the infusion should be appreciated like a fine wine where one looks for the subtleties of flavor. I drink mine in stemmed glassware so the color of the tea can be enjoyed. When brewed correctly, I can get 3 pots of tea. Flowers and leaves crushed yield a more flavorful tea. I love this stuff!

    • Ken Braillard says:

      RE: Sideritis scardica
      How do I purchase this Herb?
      I have Parkinson’s Disease and I have
      been told how well it works on my symtoms…HELP!


      • anke says:

        Kenny, you didnt say where you live!!!

        If you are/were in Australia I would say find the nearest Russian/Eastern European delicatessen. Actually, I would say the same if your are in the UK/US/Europe.
        Other than that, you can probably order it online. There are many specialist food/beverage sites where people order their special treats from home.

        Hope you’ll find some soon. It tastes great too!

      • chieko says:

        Ken. Try your nearest Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Market. Call around first to double check. If you can’t find any, I just happen to sell it. I’m in New Mexico.

        Rahma Mediterranean Market 925-833-2716 and Bahaar Market 925-99-9062 are located in Dublin, CA. You may want to give them a call.

      • Hi Ken,
        this herb thrives on the mountains of Crete. We collect it wild (naturally organic), dry it, pack it and sell it on our website.
        I will be glad to send you some and inform you of the best way to use it!
        Get it here:

      • Balkan Herbs says:

        Ken, you can buy Bulgarian Sideritis online at

        It is grown in Trigrad in the Rhodopi mountains and is despatched next day to anywhere in the world.

  2. chieko says:

    Forgot to mention, I like the glass teapot in the picture!

  3. Ann says:

    Just bought and made Koro Mountain Tea for the first time.
    Subtle flavor.
    Wondering: is 250ml about 1cup?
    Will try again using your recipe suggestion.
    I like Chieko’s suggestion of using fresh ginger juice as an added digestive.
    I am considering adding licorice root when I brew my mountain tea for flavor and digestive purposes.
    Thanks for your website,

    • Ann says:

      Hi Chieko,
      will try adding frrsh ginger juice to my moountain tea.
      Sounds good + digestive help.
      Enjoy your day,

    • anke says:

      Ann, if you are in Australia then 1 cup is indeed 250ml. In the US it’s a little bit more but it’s still fine.

      I recently spoke with a Greek man who said that in his village the women would make this tea by stuffing as many stalks as possible into the teapot before adding the water. This means that their version is much more bitter but is nmeant to be more medicinally potent.

      Havent tried it yet myself, So I am not sure if I will like the stronger flavour.

      • chieko says:

        Since I only use the flowers and leaves for hot tea, I use the stems to make cold-brewed tea. Put a bunch of stems in a 32-ounce wide-mouthed bottle or jar, add water to the the top, and place in refrigerator overnight. Being cold-brewed, there is no bitterness. For faster results, place the bottle or jar in the freezer for one hour.

  4. Dieter W. Schultz says:

    Vivo en México. ¿Anke, si sabe cual sería la fuente más cercana a México para conseguir Sideritis Scardica?

    Gracias de antemano


  5. Dieter W. Schultz says:

    Hello Anke,

    I live in Mexico. Do you have, by chance, any idea where would be a suitable opportunity to buy Sideritis Scardica from where I live?

    Thanks a lot and bibi


  6. zhmen says:

    i tried this tea first in Toronto Canada. later found it in a local rockland county NY Mideastern store
    taste is very Delicious and result are great
    use it for cold in recent weather in NY
    very good tee, good flavor and nice color\
    enjoy your tee

  7. Balkan Herbs says:

    You can buy Sideritis scardica online from our website

    For Mexico, use the US currency and P&P settings. It will be despatched from our facility in the Bulgarian Rhodopi mountains within a few days.

    Balkan Herbs

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