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Sideritis or Greek Mountain Tea is a tisane known as a medicinal tea and has antioxident properties. This plant grows along the Iberian Peninsula, in Macaronesia and the Balkans.
My Greek recipe is 1/2 oz. in 1qt. boiling water and steep 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey and add lemon also. Drink 1 cup per day for health! Lovely herb flavor, slightly salty like wild Greek oregano and has a buttery texture.

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Thank you Bonnie for this sample!!
This tea scared me! for the longest time I avoided it, because a I had never had anything of the sort and b) I didn’t want to mess it up.
Now, that isn’t like me… I’m usually one to try new things so I have no idea what got into me! Every once in awhile I do that, with teas, but oddly never with food. Hmm.
Anyhow, I brewed it up nice and strong so that the flavours really pop. Spicy! Earthy! lemony, oh yup it’s all there. I must have had this before as it’s a familiar taste. Very familiar, only I can’t pinpoint it. Something herbal, I think. I WILL figure that one out! :P


Maybe you’re wary about trying new things because of the baby lol (I kid I kid!)


Look up the name, it’s ancient “Sideritis” good for the immune system, colds,flu, allergies. Greeks drink this and chamomile with lemon and honey. I was given a big tub of this from Greece written in Greek of course from Peter at Church who was born on a Greek Island and thought I would love it (you know how we tea drinkers get a reputation!). I do like it in fact!


Sil: hey my food baby is smaller these days :P
Bonnie: it’s tasty! thanks for sending me some, I quite like it to!!


The little picture was when I was standing on a road in Fira, Santorini (Greece) looking across to the sea.

Geoffrey Norman

Oooooooh man! I love this stuff. Makes me glad there’s a Greek deli nearby that carries it. For the best possible effect, take a handful and boil it for about ten or fifteen minutes. Pour it over a strainer into a cup and add honey (Greek honey, especially). It is my second favorite(est) tisane out there.


Exactly Geoffrey! You boil this for 15 minutes usually and that’s it! (This is really good iced too)


I boiled it for about ten min. Ran outta time! lol

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My tea Addition to Steepster and My Photo that I took on the Island of Santorini Today after church, my friend Peter (who was born on the Greek Island of Lesbos..and refers to himself as a…well you can guess…) gave me a quart container of big silvery green leaves tinged with yellow…very interesting looking with big buds. It was labeled in Greek. Peter read the label and told me it was Greek Mountain Tea. COOL, and thank you Peter! Couldn’t wait to get home and look this tea up. Rushing home, I logged into the computer and googled Greek Mountain Tea…which brought up lots of information including health benefits and ancient history. This tea is a tisane. Officially it is Sideritis.
How to brew:
Directions were odd… 1/2 oz. in 1 Qt. boiling water for 10minutes (no more) then add honey and lemon if you wish. Drink 1 cup a day for health. Of course I had to break this down to cuppa quantities. I began with 1 TB in 8 oz for 9 min. The liquid finished pale yellow and has an herb type fragrance in a mountain meadow way that reminds me of living in the Northern California foothills as a kid during the Summer when you could smell the dry brush and Arbutus bushes and scrub Oak. When I tasted the tea it had a Greek oregano saltiness with a mellow herb flavor all it’s own. I added sweetening but no lemon and this was so different and delicious that I really liked the unique taste. As I sipped away, I was reminded of so many days playing outdoors when I was young without a care in the world. This is one of those memory tea’s in the same way that Lapsang Souchong reminds me of fires in the fireplace and camping. No wonder Wikipedia says that it is used as an anti-anxiety tea…I’m chillin!


great review, thanks for sharing this knowledge with us :)


What does Krystaleyn know about it? She’s the plant expert?


Sadly I know nothing about this plant! But of course, you make me curious to find out :P Hopefully I will remember to later, when I’m not trying to procrastinate!


It’s ok…you’re not at work! If you want some I could send some to you.


Just read a bit on it on Wikipedia (still procrastinating) – sounds fascinating! I’d love a sample if you felt like sending one :P I’m into trying different things. My roommate gave me some lotus leaves that she brews as a herbal tisane. I have yet to try them, but am so curious :D

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