Greek Mountain Tea

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Areti & Kelly of  NOT JUST OLIVE OIL

These shy little flower buds with their fuzzy stems, growing wild in the rough and mountainous terrain of Southern Europe, have been leading an inconspicuous, but meaningful, existence since antiquity when the ancient Greeks used it as a tonic for iron deficiencies and wound healing.


Recently, however, this plant has been receiving a lot of attention by scientists and food aficionados alike.
…And for very good reason – This very delicate but fragrant herbal tea has not only proven itself over time, but has also been confirmed by scientific studies to have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and healing properties.

Enjoy the health benefits of Greek Mountain Tea:

  • eases common cold and flu symptoms:
  • dry cough and sore throat
  • strengthens our immune system
  • soothes allergies
  • eases anxiety
  • aids digestion
  • strong antiseptic properties
  • helps to prevent osteoporosis
  • fights against Alzheimer’s disease

Preparation method for one cup:

Bring a cup of water to a boil.

Remove from heat and add about 4 sticks of dried flower buds to the hot water.

Allow to steep for about 5 – 8 minutes.

Strain and enjoy hot or cold.

Optional: Add honey or lemon juice to taste.

Note: This tea does not contain any caffeine, therefore it can also be enjoyed before bedtime too.


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  1. susy @aegeansea

    November 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

    And, such an important staple in the Greek kitchen cabinet. Thanks for the reminder of the benefits of this tasty mountain tea!

    • Not Just Olive Oil

      November 7, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Thank you susy@aegeansea!
      Yes, the benefits of this mountain tea are truly wonderful.
      Enjoy 🙂

  2. Saranti Stamboulakis

    November 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    “Tsai tou bounou” is one of my fav drinks.
    If anyone has seeds or can send me seeds, I would love to have it growing wildly in Australia, as there are many places in Victoria where it will grow well.
    The look and smell of the wild plants growing on Rocky Mountain tops through our hills will remind people of Greece.
    With many Greeks in our capital Melbourne it would bring back our Greek enthusiasm to compatriots that might have forgotten the Greek vista.

    • Not Just Olive Oil

      November 7, 2014 at 12:58 am

      We love it too Saranti Stamboulakis!
      Your idea is amazing! Looks like the seeds may not be easy to find and are even harder to grow, as they seem to prefer the wild and mountainous regions. We will let you know as soon as we find a source.
      “Polla fillia” to Melbourne!

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