Malotira, as mountain tea is also known, grows wild through Greece and is distinguished by its aroma and bright yellow blossoms. It’s English name, ironwort, is rooted in the herb’s ancient Greek and botanical names, Sideritis (iron), a name it earned as it was believed to help heal wounds made by iron lance points.
A very hardy plant, it grows in rocky and arid landscapes. The 300+ known species of this herb also attest to its ability to adapt to local weather and soil conditions.
In Greek folk tradition, mountain tea has many healing properties but is especially recommended for colds, allergies, and respiratory problems.
Preparation: Steep 1 tsp. mountain tea in a cup of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Strain and serve.