Mountain tea has been proving for centuries how invaluable its contribution to health is by ranking first among popular Greek infusions. Its delicate taste and beneficial effects as a herbal remedy have nurtured the body and mind of a long line of Greek countryside generations. The mountain tea offered by Pure Natura is grown and hand-harvested in Heraklion, Crete. It is then packaged in its natural, unprocessed state to ensure that its invaluable traits retain their original benefits.
The scientific name of mountain tea is Sideritis, the Greek word for "sideros” meaning "iron” since in antiquity it was used in treating wounds caused by iron weapons during battles. That thoroughly Greek and thoroughly traditional herbal infusion is also known as Dioscorides’ Sideritis after the ancient Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist Dioscorides who was the one who extolled the virtues of mountain tea. It grows and is cultivated throughout Greece since it remains the most popular infusion around: Greece boasts the largest consumption of mountain tea worldwide, with Spain following a close second. There are about 17 species of mountain tea growing on the mountain ranges of Greece with most of them being self-growing ones which prefer rocky soil and high altitudes. Mountain tea is highly valued for its healing properties and is traditionally drunk by those who wish to alleviate colds and upper respiratory tract inflammations and to combat indigestion and gastrointestinal disorders. It is also considered an effective home remedy for spasms and aches.
Today, in a rare case of agreement between folk medicine and science, tradition’s claims about the benefits of mountain tea have been verified by science. As a result, demand for mountain tea has skyrocketed. No surprise there: it soothes, it’s caffeine-free, and offers endless moments of relaxation! What’s more, it can be consumed at any time of the day or night since unlike other teas mountain tea is not a stimulant but a relaxant.
How To Enjoy
- Stir a heaped spoonful of Pure Natura Mountain Tea in one cup of boiled water. Let steep for 5 minutes until all its goodness has been released. Enjoy hot or cold, plain or with the bonus goodness of honey.
Herbal Teas or tisanes as the French call them are caffeine-free teas that are soothing and a quick pick-me-up that refreshes. They are made by steeping the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, or bark of aromatic herbs, plants into hot water to produce an infusion. They can be consumed hot or cold.
The Greek land’s terrain and climate is the habitat of rare and thriving flora which yields heavenly Herbal Teas. Greek Herbal Teas offer innumerable health benefits and are considered one of Greece’s treasure troves of nutrition. Their healing powers and antioxidant goodness confirm the belief that Nature is the largest and most significant pharmacy on earth. Generations on end have been raised on these natural remedies whose energizing and antiseptic properties help with ailments such as the common cold which is the most frequent complaint. Greek Nature is the caring home of countless herbs which still play an important part in Greece’s everyday life. Consumed any time of the day, they strike a happy note in the course of our routine activities with their taste and fragrance, soothing us, relaxing us, and refreshing us. Pick the herbal tea you like and sip your way into health!
Use the old-fashioned, traditional way of making your herbal tea: Steep the herb of your choice into freshly-boiled water for 10-15 minutes in a covered vessel to release all of the herb’s aroma and healthful properties. Pour into a porcelain or pottery mug with thick walls, and add a tiny amount of sugar or a hefty teaspoonful of honey to sweeten it. You are on your way to a healthier you!
Heraklion, Crete, is known for its centuries-old history and iconic natural vistas. Its sharp contrasts in terrain, its magical beaches and their diversity, its clement microclimate, and its archaeological treasures of worldwide fame compose Heraklion’s magnificent profile. All of the area of Heraklion is known for its one-of-a-kind landscapes: Rocky mountains dotted with caves and caverns, ravines and precipices, narrow trails and passes, tranquil beaches with crystal-clear waters, and a wilderness which is the habitat of rare flora and fauna. The history of the area begins in Greek Mythology with the birth of Zeus and continues with the development of the Minoan civilization which stamped the history of Crete as well as that of Europe’s. The Byzantine period follows, with Christianity spreading throughout the area. Venetian rule comes next, a historical period during which Heraklion rises to prominence becoming an economic power and a cultural hub, only to be followed by Turkish rule which lasts until 1898 when the island of Crete was liberated.Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the island’s largest city in southern Greece. It is Greece’s fourth largest city and has one of the most significant ports in the Mediterranean.
Since ancient times, Crete has been linked to the most evocative legends. The names of King Minos, of Ariadne, and of the Minotaur unravel through an endless yarn of myths. In all likelihood, Heraklion was named after Idaean Heracles, the mythical founder of the Olympic Games. The history of the area begins in Greek Mythology with the birth of Zeus and continues with the development of the Minoan civilization which stamped the history of Crete as well as that of Europe’s. The Byzantine period follows with Christianity spreading throughout the area. Venetian rule comes next, a historical period (1204–1669) during which Heraklion rises to prominence becoming an economic power and a cultural hub. Venetian rule is succeeded by Turkish rule which lasts until 1898 when the island of Crete was liberated. In 1898, Heraklion becomes part of the newly established Cretan State which, in turn, was annexed to Greece in 1913. Heraklion, Crete is known for its centuries-old history and iconic natural vistas. Its sharp contrasts in terrain, its magical beaches and their diversity, its clement microclimate, and its archaeological treasures of worldwide fame compose Heraklion’s magnificent profile. All of the area of Heraklion is known for its one-of-a-kind landscapes: rocky mountains dotted with caves and caverns, steep ravines and drops, narrow trails and passes, and tranquil beaches with crystal-clear waters never fail to captivate visitors. The wide diversity in flora and fauna on the island make for a varied Cretan fare of outstanding goods. Just like the rest of Crete, Heraklion is a blessed land where, the diversity in terroir, encourages various goods to thrive, showcasing those products’ sensory characteristics. Genuine flavors and wholesome local products compose the renowned Cretan Diet whose high nutritional value has rightfully earned it top ranking.