Greek mountain tea is a drink made from brewed leaves and flowers of a plant of the genus Zheleznitsa (Latin Sideritis), a well-known aromatic herb used to make tea.
Such tea has been used since ancient times not only as a warming drink, but also as a means of strengthening the immune system and is one of the most popular herbs in Greece. Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, this tea is very useful for physical and mental stimulation.
The ancient Greeks called it siderite, which is translated from Greek as “one who contains iron.” They used it as a medicine, as it was ideal for treating a sore throat or a cold. Theophrastus (372-287 BC), who is considered the father of botany, wrote that sideritis was named so because of its ability to heal wounds from a sword.