"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food" - Hippocrates
Greek Mountain Tea - (Tsai Tou VouNou)
Greek Mountain tea (pronounced “tsy-too-VOO-noo”) is unique in the world of herbal infusions. It is made from the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the native Sideritis plant which grows throughout the mountainous regions of Greece at very high elevations - typically over 3,000 feet.
This rather unassuming plant, with its tiny pale yellow flowers, light green buds and silvery leaves is known for its high levels of antioxidants and contains large amounts of essential oils and a broad range of other phyto-nutrients including flavonoids, polyphenols, terpenoids, diterpenoids, triterpenoids, alkaloids, sterols, caffeic acid and quercetin. And within these classes of phyto-nutrients exist a broad range of compounds.
For example, flavanoids are a type or class of phyo-nutrient and within that class the Sideritis plant contains twenty-four known compounds such as hyplaetin, luteolin and isoscutelarin.
Greek Mountain Tea is also known as Shepherd’s Tea, because Greek shepherds would use the herb to make tea while tending their flocks high in the mountains.
A range of biological effects has been attributed to Sideritis extracts and infusions in multiple research studies, such as antioxidant, oxidative stress reduction, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective activities. In ethnobotanical practices, Greek mountain tea has been used to alleviate gastrointestinal problems, inflammation, as well as common cold and cough symptoms. A recent study shows that Greek mountain tea is as potent as Green tea at inducing cellular antioxidant defense and preventing oxidative stress.
The ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, hailed Greek Mountain Tea for its benefits to the immune system and the respiratory system. For thousands of years, Greek families have been drinking the tea because they believe it has an abundance of health benefits. Traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, ancient wisdom says it has a positive effect on colds, respiratory problems, digestion, the immune system and mild anxiety. Recent studies indicate that it assists in the prevention of osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and even cancer and has a positive effect on a myriad of different ailments including colds, fevers, respiratory problems, digestion problems, and anxiety.
There are many varieties of the Sideritis herb – each variety exhibits subtle differences in flavor and aroma, a reflection of the mountain region of Greece in which they grow and the varietal genetics. The herbs are cultivated in small plots by hand in pristine environments at high elevations around small mountain villages and are also gathered in the wild. They are harvested in mid summer by cutting the stems at base of the plant, allowing the plant to continue to grow and develop seeds for continued proliferation. The cuttings are then air dried for several weeks before being packaged for shipping.
Klio Organic Greek Mountain Tea
From mountainside to your tea cup, we want you to have the freshest, most flavorful tea experience possible. Klio Organic Greek Mountain Tea is a single varietal, whole leaf, organic tea, pure and unprocessed. It is EU and USDA Certified Organic. Significant source of antioxidants
Research has shown Greek Mountain Tea to be rich in antioxidants. The actual amounts vary by species and location. At Klio, we have our herbs tested for antioxidants by Brunswick Labs, (www.brunswicklabs.com) the leader in antioxidant testing.
How to Brew Greek Mountain Tea