Sideritis, Ironwort, or Shepherd's Tea, is a high mountain Greek Tisane with thousands of years of history. This batch comes from the legendary Mount Olympus on the Greek mainland and has Organic certification.
Greek Mountain tisane has been used since the ancient Greeks and was traditionally considered a cure for many conditions from digestive to immune. Some scientific studies show that Sideritis indeed does have gastroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant effects. There are animal studies showing that it may have a strong neuroprotective effect to prevent cognitive decline. All studies are at the bottom of this description.
As always, we are focussed on taste more than health and we love the Mediterranean high mountain flavours of this tisane. From zesty lemons and oranges to aromatic herbs like oregano and thyme, this tisane captures the aroma of the Greek mountains.
It is a lovely drink to pair with desserts, simultaneously being cleansing and complementary to sweets. Definitely a great Caffeine free alternative to tea for your collection.
STUDIES:Jeremic I, Tadic V, Isakovic A, Trajkovic V, Markovic I, Redzic Z, Isakovic A. The mechanisms of in vitro cytotoxicity of mountain tea, Sideritis scardica, against the C6 glioma cell line. Planta Med. 2013 Nov;79(16):1516-24. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1350809. Epub 2013 Sep 26. PubMed PMID: 24072501. Tadić VM, Jeremic I, Dobric S, Isakovic A, Markovic I, Trajkovic V, Bojovic D, Arsic I. Anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective, and cytotoxic effects of Sideritis scardica extracts. Planta Med. 2012 Mar;78(5):415-27. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1298172. Epub 2012 Jan 24. PubMed PMID: 22274814. Hofrichter J, Krohn M, Schumacher T, et al. Sideritis spp. Extracts Enhance Memory and Learning in Alzheimer’s β-Amyloidosis Mouse Models and Aged C57Bl/6 Mice. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2016;53(3):967-980. doi:10.3233/JAD-160301. Danesi F, Saha S, Kroon PA, Glibetić M, Konić-Ristić A, D'Antuono LF, Bordoni A. Bioactive-rich Sideritis scardica tea (mountain tea) is as potent as Camellia sinensis tea at inducing cellular antioxidant defences and preventing oxidative stress. J Sci Food Agric. 2013 Nov;93(14):3558-64. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.6214. Epub 2013 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 23649594. Milka Todorova, Antoaneta Trendafilova, Sideritis scardica Griseb., an endemic species of Balkan peninsula: Traditional uses, cultivation, chemical composition, biological activity, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 152, Issue 2, 2014, Pages 256-265, ISSN 0378-8741, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2014.01.022. Iren Tsibranska, Bartosz Tylkowski, Ruslan Kochanov, Kalina Alipieva, Extraction of biologically active compounds from Sideritis ssp. L., Food and Bioproducts Processing, Volume 89, Issue 4, 2011, Pages 273-280, ISSN 0960-3085, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fbp.2010.10.004. Braulio M. Fraga, Phytochemistry and chemotaxonomy of Sideritis species from the Mediterranean region, Phytochemistry, Volume 76, 2012, Pages 7-24, ISSN 0031-9422, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phytochem.2012.01.018. Dimpfel, W., Schombert, L. and Feistel, B. (2016) Ex Vivo Characterization of the Action of Sideritis Extract Using Electrical Activity in the Rat Hippocampus Slice Preparation. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 7, 407-416. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/pp.2016.710048 Dimpfel, W., Feistel, B. and Schombert, L. (2016) Opposite Neurophysiological Findings Induced by Sideritis scardica and Sideritis euboa Extract in the Rat. Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, 6, 448-461. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jbbs.2016.611041