Mountain tea, Greek mountain tea or shepherd’s tea, is a drink with a growing body of research that only confirms its many health benefits. Often consumed in the Mediterranean diet, mountain tea offers numerous health benefits, including:
- Boosting the immune system,
- Lowering blood pressure,
- Improving brain health,
- Aiding in digestion,
- Reducing overall inflammation,
- Protecting bone strength,
- Reducing the risk of heart attack,
- Reducing the risk of cancer.
Studies have found that this tea’s antioxidant properties protect against oxidative stress and inflammation, making Mountain tea one of the healthiest teas one could consume. In fact, it even rivals the amazing health benefits of Green tea!
But that’s not all – Mountain tea also has powerful antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties. This means that this tea can be of great help when one is dealing with a cold, flu or some kind of infection.
How to Prepare Mountain Tea
Mountain tea can be prepared using fresh herbs or dried herbs.
If you have fresh herbs, feel free to use everything the plant offers: the flower, leaves and stem. In a pot of boiling water, place around eight to ten 2-inch pieces of the plant and then lower the heat. Now, allow the tea to simmer for about 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow it to cool a little. Strain and consume.
If you’re using dried tea leaves, use about 2 tablespoons of the tea. Boil the water, cover the leaves and let the tea steep for 10 minutes. Strain and consume.
As for the regular Mountain tea bags, feel free to use two tea bags if you like a strong tea or you want to double on the health benefits this tea offers. Steep for 10 minutes and consume.