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 tea – Sideritis 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!