Turkey drinks more tea per head than any other country and regular visitors to Turkey will have experienced the culture of çay (Turkish tea)…
Moutain Tea (Sideritis) is a genus of flowering plants widely known for their use in herbal medicine as well as a herbal tea. The tea (dağ çayı) is made from the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the plant which is found on rocky slopes at very high elevations (over 1000 meters).
To brew, simply pour some freshly boiled water in a cup with a couple of mountain tea twigs inside. Excellent with a spoonful of honey, it is also lovely with cinnamon or lemon. Since it’s naturally caffeine-free, it can be enjoyed any time of the day. Fresh, aromatic and flavourful – can be enjoyed either hot or cold.
Recent studies have shown tea may be an effective preventative treatment for ulcers. It is most often used been used for coughs and congestion. In modern herbal medicine, speedwell tea, brewed from the dried flowering plant, sometimes serves as a cough remedy or as a lotion for irritated or infected skin.
To make this wonderful tea, use 1-2 tsp. of dried herb per cup of hot water. The recommended dosage of tea (as an expectorant) is one cup taken two to three times daily.
This plant is a do-it-all for flu and fever! Yarrow is both an anti-inflammatory as well as being antimicrobial. It reduces pain, is an anti-catarrhal, relaxes circulation, and is a mild sedative, too.