The health benefits of Greek Mountain Tea

Discover the Health Benefits of Greek Mountain Tea: Natural Health and Wellbeing

Discover how Greek Mountain tea can help with everything from colds to mental health, with scientific insights and practical experiences.

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By Kirsten


Welcome to the fascinating world of Greek mountain tea. This special herb grows in the highlands around the Mediterranean Sea and has been known for its medicinal properties for centuries. But what makes this tea so special? And how can it enrich your daily life? Dive with us into the origins, benefits and unique flavors of this delicious infusion.

Key Takeaways from this article​

  1. Origin and popularity of Greek mountain tea.
  2. Health benefits such as:
    • Colds, digestive problems and sleep disorders
  3. Brewing instructions:
    • Detailed instructions for brewing the perfect cup of Greek mountain tea.
  4. Frequently asked questions about Greek mountain tea

What is Greek mountain tea?

Greek mountain tea, also known as Sideritis scardica, is an herb rich in a variety of bioactive compounds, making it a popular choice for both pleasure and medicinal purposes. Rooted in the rocky slopes of the Greek mountains, this tea variety is known for its robust survivability and ability to thrive in sun-drenched, high-altitude areas. The unique growing conditions of Greek mountain tea contribute to its rich chemical composition, which is responsible for its many health-promoting properties.

The composition of Greek mountain tea includes a wide range of active substances, including essential oils, flavonoids, terpenes and polyphenols. These compounds are responsible for the tea's various therapeutic effects, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. In addition, the herb contains trace elements such as iron, which contribute to its health-promoting properties.

What does Greek mountain tea taste like?

Greek mountain tea, an infusion as rich in history as it is in flavor, offers a taste experience that is both unique and surprising. The first sip reveals a delicate yet complex aroma that stimulates the senses and invites further discovery.

The tea is characterized by a light, spicy undertone that is reminiscent of the fresh mountain air and the wild flora of the Greek highlands. The primary flavor notes of Greek mountain tea are soft and enveloping, with subtle hints of lemon and sage forming a harmonious whole.

This citrus note adds a refreshing sharpness that is perfectly balanced with the warmer, spicy nuances. The result is a tea that is both invigorating and calming, making it an ideal choice at any time of the day.

What sets Greek mountain tea apart is its mild sweetness that does not require the addition of sugar or honey. This natural sweetness, combined with the spicy and lemony elements, makes every cup of tea a rich and multi-dimensional experience.

It is this balance between sweet and spicy that makes Greek mountain tea so popular among connoisseurs and newcomers to the world of tea.

Sideritis Scardica in its Natural Habitat

Greek Mountain tea Production: Growth and Harvest

The production of Greek mountain tea, known for its therapeutic properties and unique flavor profile, is a process that requires both time and dedication. The plant, Sideritis scardica, thrives on the rocky slopes of the Greek mountains, where it is exposed to intense sunlight and pure mountain air. These specific growing conditions are crucial for the development of the distinctive aromas and health-promoting compounds that Greek Mountain Tea is famous for.

Where Does Greek Mountain Tea Grow?

Greek Mountain Tea plants are remarkably resilient and can survive under harsh conditions at altitudes above 1000 meters. The plants prefer direct sun exposure and well-drained soil, which contributes to the development of their rich chemical composition. The growth period requires little water, causing the plants to develop deep roots in their search for moisture, which contributes to the concentration of active substances in the leaves and flowers.

Harvest and Processing

The harvest of Greek mountain tea takes place in late spring or early summer, when the plants are in full bloom. This is the time when the concentration of essential oils and other bioactive compounds in the plant is at its highest. The harvest is mainly done by hand to protect the delicate flowers and leaves, ensuring a high-quality end product. After harvest, the plant parts are carefully dried in the shade to preserve their natural properties.


Sustainability Sustainability is essential in the production of Greek mountain tea. Local growers are committed to preserving the natural habitat and safeguarding biodiversity. By maintaining traditional agricultural practices and avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers, the ecosystems of Greece's mountains are preserved. This approach not only ensures the continued availability of Greek mountain tea, but also contributes to the overall health of the environment.

The production of Greek mountain tea is a wonderful example of how traditional methods and respect for nature can lead to the creation of a product that is both beneficial to health and enjoyable to consume. It offers a window to the rich biodiversity of the Greek mountains and the cultural heritage of the region.

Wild Sideritis Scardica on a Mountain Slope

Health Benefits of Greek Mountain Tea

The composition of Greek mountain tea includes a wide range of active substances, including essential oils, flavonoids, terpenes and polyphenols. These compounds are responsible for the tea's various therapeutic effects, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. In addition, the herb contains trace elements such as iron, which contribute to its health-promoting properties.

The table below sets out the main active substances of Greek mountain tea, together with their associated health effects and references to relevant scientific studies.

Active IngredientHealth EffectScientific Reference
TerpenesRelieving respiratory problems, anti-inflammatory effect.Houghton PJ . The role of plants in traditional medicine and current therapy. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 1995.
Essential oilsCalming effect, helps with sleep problems and reduces stress.Buchbauer G. et al. Aromatherapy: Evidence for sedative effects of the essential oil of lavender after inhalation. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C. 1991. 
FlavonoidsAntioxidant effect, supports the immune system, promotes heart health.Panche AN, Diwan A.D., Chandra S.R. Flavonoids: an overview. Journal of Nutritional Science. 2016.
PolyphenolsReduces risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.Tresserra-Rimbau A, Lamuela-Raventos RM, Moreno JJ. Polyphenols, food and pharma. Current pharmaceutical biotechnology. 2018. 
Iron (Sideritis)Supports hemoglobin production and helps prevent anemia.Camaschella C. Iron-deficiency anemia. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015.
Harvested Sideritis Scardica Bundle

Possible Side Effects and Precautions When Using Greek Mountain Tea

Please note: the articles mentioned provide general information about the effects of the active substances. Direct research on Greek Mountain tea may be more limited, but these references provide a scientific basis for the potential health effects of the substances found in the tea. It is always important to consult current scientific literature and seek professional medical advice when using herbs for therapeutic purposes.

How to Prepare Greek Mountain Tea

Making Greek mountain tea is both simple and enjoyable. Follow these steps to make a delicious cup of Greek Mountain tea:

  1. Take 1-2 teaspoons of dried leaves and put them in a teacup.
  2. Pour the leaves with boiling water and let it steep for about 8-10 minutes. This ensures that the flavors and medicinal properties are properly released.
  3. Strain the tea to remove the leaves. Add honey, lemon or another natural sweetener to enrich the taste to taste.
  4. Enjoy the Greek mountain tea while it is warm. You can also let it cool for a refreshing iced tea.

Drinking 2-3 cups of Greek mountain tea per day is often recommended. As with all herbal teas, it is important to remember that Greek mountain tea is an addition to a healthy lifestyle and not a substitute for medical treatments. If in doubt, always consult your doctor.

Conclusion: The Essence of Greek Mountain Tea

  • Origin and popularity: Greek mountain tea, or Sideritis scardica, comes from the highlands around the Mediterranean and is known for its medicinal properties and unique taste.
  • Health benefits: Contains active substances such as terpenes, essential oils, flavonoids, polyphenols, and iron, which contribute to the treating colds, digestive problems, sleep disorders and more.
  • Unique flavor: Has a spicy flavor with notes of lemon and sage, making it both a healthy as a pleasant drink.

Frequently Asked Questions about Raspberry Leaf Tea

Yes, you can safely drink several cups a day, 2 to 3 is recommended.

Although safe for most people, consultation with a health professional is recommended, especially if you have existing medical conditions or are taking medications.

Certainly, Greek mountain tea is also very tasty and refreshing cold. Add ice cubes and a slice of lemon for a delicious Ice Tea.

Dried Greek mountain tea leaves usually keep for 1-2 years if stored correctly. It is best to store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Yes, that is certainly possible, just like mint, verveine and rosemary, you can also use the fresh leaves to make herbal tea.

Yes, this herbal tea is naturally caffeine-free, making it a great alternative to traditional teas and coffee, especially for people who want to avoid caffeine.

It combines well with lemon balm, rosemary or sage, give it a try!

- Kirsten -

Discover the Natural Power of Greek Mountain Tea at Het Kleinste Huis

Welcome to tea shop Het Kleinste Huis, where we are proud to present you our premium raspberry leaf tea. This special tea is not just a drink; it is a journey through age-old traditions, combined with contemporary health awareness.

Why Our Greek Mountain Tea?

  • Organic and Pure: We believe in the importance of purity and quality. Our Greek Mountain Tea is organically grown in the fertile fields of Greece, known for its rich, nutritious soil and ideal climate. This ensures a tea of the highest quality, full of flavor and nutrients.
  • Health benefits: Greek mountain tea is not just any tea; it is a source of health. This herb has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of conditions, from colds and digestive problems to sleep disorders and chronic diseases.
  • Greeksberg tea is more than just a refreshing drink; it is a historically rich, health-promoting infusion that can contribute to your overall well-being. From its unique taste to its versatile health benefits and simple preparation, there are countless reasons to add this special tea to your daily routine.

Order your loose leaf Greek Mountain tea easily online in our webshop. Or we would love to see you in our store for a personal experience with the best Greek Mountain Tea available. Taste the difference at the tea shop Het Kleinste Huis – where tradition, quality and health go hand in hand.

For a large part of her life Kirsten has had a passion for entrepreneurship and tea. Since 2014, she has been combining this with her husband, Niels, in the tea specialty store Het Kleinste Huis (The Smallest House in Amsterdam). Kirsten likes to write about things that keep her busy (this doesn't have to be just tea!).

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