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Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis L.): Functional Components and Biological Activity

The Brunswick Labs Beat Ingredient Corner spotlight today is on Sideritis, or Greek Mountain Tea. Heard of it? It’s an important beverage in some parts of the world – well, such as Greece. Here’s a great Brunswick Labs look at what it is and how it works. Enjoy! The dried inflorescences of several Sideritis L. (Lamiaceae) species, especially Sideritis scardica Griseb. and Sideritis raeseri Boiss. Et Heldr., are used in Greece and the other Balkan countries to prepare a traditional beverage, an herbal infusion most commonly known as Greek Mountain Tea.1 The common name for Sideritis plants in the US is ironwort. Depending on the country of origin and the mountain where the plants grow, Greek Mountain Tea is also known as Shepherds Tea or Olympus Tea (Greece), Malotira (Crete), Pirin tea or Mursalski tea (Bulgaria), or Sharplaninski chaj (Macedonia).


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