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The Mountain Tea or Shepherd's Tea

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Gojnik or Sideritis scardica, also known as Ironwort, Mountain tea and Shepherd's tea 

  • Very popular in Greece, and Balcan countries,  Gojink or Sideritis scardica used either for the preparation of herbal teas, or for its aromatic properties in cuisines.

The herbal tea is commonly prepared by decoction, by boiling the stems, leaves and flowers in a pot of water, then often serving with honey and lemon. or mixed with other herbs due the aphrodisiac properties, has been traditionally used to aid digestion, strengthen the immune system and suppress common cold, the flu and other viruses, allergies and shortness of breath, sinus congestion, even pain, libidos and mild anxiety.

Scientist studies indicate a positive effect on many common food. is known scientifically to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. Active elements include diterpenoid and flavonoids. Significant research has been done on iron wort confirming its popular use to prevent colds, flu, and allergies. Most of this research has taken place in universities, regions where the plant is indigenous.

  • Sideritis, also known as ironwort or gojnik, mountain tea and shepherd's tea : is a genus of flowering plants well known for their use as herbal medicine, commonly as an herbal tea. They are abundant in Mediterranean regions, the Balkans, the Iberian Peninsula and Macaronesia, but can also be found in Central Europe and Asia.
  • In Greek Sideritis can be literally translated as, he who is made of or has iron,  The plant was known to ancient Greeks, specifically Pedanius Dioscorides and Theophrastus. Although Dioscorides describes three species. In ancient times Sideritis was a generic reference for plants capable of healing wounds caused by iron weapons during battles. However others hold that the name stems from the shape of the sepal which resembles the tip of a spear.
  • Mountain tea; also known as Shepherd's Tea, is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea infusion made from the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the Sideritis plant, which flourishes throughout high elevations in the mountains of Greece. It may help with digestive health and contains natural antioxidants. Full of Flavonoids and Antioxidants:
  • Sideritis species: plants have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-spasmodic properties. They are rich in a number of natural antioxidants and almost all species also contained essential oils.
  • Greek mountain: tea is as potent as green tea (Camellia sinensis) at inducing cellular antioxidant defences and preventing oxidative stress. Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Siderits: helps to lower blood pressure levels while helping blood vessels to relax. and increse libidos levels 
  • Protects the Digestive System: It has been found that taking an oral dose of Greek mountain tea can lead to less inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, also high aphrodisiac herb increase libidos level.
  • Greek mountain tea Sideritis scardica: is a wild plant. It grows on barren and rocky mountain slopes. It is all natural and free of additives and preservatives.
  • Farmers and shepherds still collect it in its natural wild habitat, let it dry in the sun, and then sell it to wholesalers, who then sell it throughout the world.
  • Its curative effect and beneficial properties have been known since ancient times.
  • It helps with colds and coughs because it is an anti-inflammatory and expectorant. It can be made into a tea, which strengthens the body's defences.
  • It also helps with digestive problems. In addition, it has been speculated that Greek mountain tea could also help in treating Alzheimer's disease.

Directions preparation:

  1. Place herbs in a glass container
  2. Pour boiled water over the herbs to cover.
  3. Cover glass container with a tight fitting lid or a saucer to keep steam and volatile oils from escaping.
  4. When the water has cooled to room temperature or steeped the recommended period of time, strain the spent

The mountain tea is traditionally prepared with boiling water:

  • Simply place one tablespoon of chopped leaves to a pot, add boiling water, and cover for 12-15 min.
  • Then strain the tea into the cup. The tea should be a shimmering yellowish green.
  • You can sweeten the tea with honey, thereby enhancing the expectorant and anti-inflammatory effect. The leaves are quite rich and can be used for a second infusion. It does, however.