Sideritis Scardica (aka Greek Mountain Tea)

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Sideritis tea is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant superfood that tastes great hot or cold. It is 100% organic, 100% Greek, and 100% delicious. Also known as Greek Mountain Tea and Ironwort, this herb is prized for its medicinal qualities and is linked with a host of health benefits.

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Sideritis is a caffeine-free, antioxidant-rich herb that’s packed with flavour. Considered to be a cure-all by the ancient Greeks, sideritis tea is still used to combat cold and flu by their modern counterparts, and research suggests that this healthy herb could also help in the fight against Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer.

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 25 grams (15 to 30 cups)
  • Taste: Fragrant, Sweet
  • Origin: Greece
  • Organic: Yes

To try this tea for yourself, click “Buy Now”. To learn more about sideritis scardica, also known as Greek mountain tea, keep reading.

What is Sideritis Scardica?

Sideritis scardica is a specific strain of sideritis, a flowering plant that grows wild on the mountains of Greece as well as parts of the Balkans.

The name “sideritis” roughly translates to “he who is made of iron”, which is where the name ironwort comes from. Legend has it that this name derives from ancient Greece, where sideritis was used to treat wounds caused by iron weapons, but it may also refer to the spear-like shape of the flowers.

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In the English-speaking world, Greek mountain tea is more commonly used, but it is also known as shepherd’s tea or simply Greek tea.

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Shelgo Tea Sideritis

Health Benefits of Greek Mountain Tea

Sideritis scardica has been the subject of many exciting health studies in recent years, with research suggesting that its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties can help prevent an array of inflammatory diseases while also contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

Most varieties are good for you, as they are packed full of polyphenols, natural antioxidants that serve to boost your body’s defences and reduce oxidative stress. But if researchers are to be believed then there is something unique about Greek mountain tea that gives it the edge over other healthy herbs.

The health benefits include:

1. May Prevent Alzheimer’s

The studies that have generated the most excitement in recent years all revolve around Greek mountain tea’s ability to improve memory and stop cognitive decline, which has led to suggestions that it could prove to be an invaluable tool in the treatment and prevention of a range of neurological conditions.

One study tested the effects of two varieties of sideritis on learning and concluded that the plant showed “auspicious potential for improvement of memory in healthy adults [and] dementia patients” (1). Another, conducted by German scientists, gave sideritis scardica to patients with Alzheimer’s disease for six months and noted a significant reduction in symptoms, concluding that regular consumption could help prevent and even treat the disease.

2. Improves Digestion and Inflammation

Sideritis scardica was found to be as effective as ranitidine as a digestive aid and as effective as an anti-inflammatory drug at treating inflammation (2). This lends weight to claims that Greeks have been making for centuries, suggesting that sideritis really can be used to reduce inflammation of the joints and gut.

3. It May Help with Cold and Flu

Many Greeks also believe that sideritis can be used to combat the symptoms of cold and flu, and they often reach for this herb at the first sign of the sniffles. It’s a belief also held in Bulgaria, Albania, and other Balkan countries, and according to an official document released by the European Medicines Agency (3), there may be something to it.

It’s not going to eradicate a cold or flu, but it may help alleviate some of the symptoms, including fever and congestion. Its nutritional profile and anti-inflammatory effects may also help boost the immune system and prevent such infections from occurring in the first place.

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Greek Mountain Tea Benefits

Sideritis Scardica vs Other Varieties

There are many different varieties of Greek mountain tea, each with its own unique flavour profile. Syriaca, raeseri, and scardica are the main ones, and in the future we’ll probably expand our range to include all of them, but it made more sense to focus on scardica to start.

This variety has a mild flavour, one that tastes great both hot and cold; it is easy to mix with other herbs and flavourings (such as fresh lemon or honey); and it is better suited to the British tea drinker’s palette. But more importantly, sideritis scardica was the variety used in the most promising health studies.

We personally believe that all varieties of sideritis tea are healthy and can offer many of the health benefits mentioned in these studies, but on the off-chance that this is not the case, we wanted to make sure we backed the winning horse.

What Does Sideritis Scardica Taste Like?

Greek mountain tea is very mild and fragrant. It doesn’t have the bitterness found in many herbal teas and this is true even when it has been over-steeped. It’s popular with tea drinkers and non tea drinkers alike.

Drink it without milk. It has a delicate, floral taste and is delicious with or without sugar, but we like to add a little honey to really bring out those flavours and add even more antioxidants.

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How to Drink Sideritis Tea

You can drink sideritis hot or cold. Just follow the instructions below.

  • Step 1: Place a couple flowers in a small pan and add water.
  • Step 2: Bring to the boil and leave for 5 minutes.
  • Step 3: Take off boil and steep for a further 3 minutes.
  • Step 4: Strain the tea into a cup (it can be reused up to 2 more times), and enjoy with a dollop of honey.

Boiling the flowers will give you more tea for your money, but you can also use more flowers and infuse them like you would any other tea. In Greece the tea is nearly always boiled, but kettles are not a staple appliance in Greece so this is typical for any tea.

These instructions can also be found on the back of every Shelgo Tea Sideritis Scardica pack. This can be purchased individually (link above) or as part of our popular gift packs, including Relaxation, Detox Teas and Revive.

Make Iced Sideritis Tea

To enjoy sideritis tea iced, just follow the same 4 steps before leaving it to cool down and adding a few ice cubes.

If you prefer, you can also make a cold brew sideritis scardica. You’ll need more leaves and the process will take a little longer, but it creates a uniquely fresh and fragrant drink unlike anything you’ve had before.

To make a cold brew cup of Greek mountain tea, just add a generous pinch of leaves to a bottle infuser (our Insulated Infuser is perfect for this), fill it with cold water, shake it up, and then leave it in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

The longer you leave it and the more leaves you use, the stronger it will be, but you’ll need to give it at least 6 hours for the cold water to draw those beneficial oils out of the leaves. The water will turn a straw-yellow when it’s ready, at which point you can serve it over ice with a garnish of lemon or lime.

Just don’t throw away the leaves! They’ll be good for at least 1 batch of hot sideritis tea, or even another batch of cold brew.

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Sideritis Tea Recipes

Sideritis Scardica Recipes

There are a number of other Greek teas that provide similar health benefits to sideritis scardica and therefore work well when mixed together.

You can have a lot of fun experimenting with different herbs and flavourings (honey, lemon, lime) so be creative, see what you can come up with, and if you create a concoction you’re proud of then be sure to send us a picture and a recipe and we’ll share it with other herbal tea lovers.

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Additional information

Weight25 g
Used For

Anti-Cancer, Detox, Immune Support, Inflammation, Insomnia, Memory Support, Relaxation, Stress

1 review for Sideritis Scardica (aka Greek Mountain Tea)

  1. Zillah

    I was keen to try Shelgo Tea- Greek Mountain Tea after reading all about the health benefits. To my delight I really enjoy this tea. I prefer to drink it black and unsweetened, and find it very enjoyable. Unfortunately, I suffer from Crohns Disease. However I have actually found a noticeable improvement in my symptoms since starting to drink the tea due to its anti-inflammatory nature. I highly recommend this product. I purchased this tea along with the Shelgo Tea thermos infuser which keeps my tea hot all day at work. Very handy! Delivery was excellent, the product arrived well packaged, quickly and looks great. All packaging is recyclable which I love!!

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