Sideritis syriaca is a herb that is used to prevent and fight the common cold. It grows in the Eastern Mediterranean, specifically the Balkans. Sideritis is known as Mountain Tea, Ironwort, Sheperd's Tea, or Pirin Tea. These plants are wild, hardy flowering perennials that have adapted to survive with little water and little soil. This species of Sideritis thrives on rocky slopes and pastures at elevations over 3000 feet. The plant grows in abundance at the foot of Mount Olympus in Greece, where it was traditionally harvested by shepherds.
Traditional preparation of the tea involves boiling the stems, leaves and flowers in a pot of water. The tea is often served with honey and lemon. Modern packaged preparations are available that allow the tea to be steeped using a tea ball, press or other loose tea preparation devices.
Scientists recently suggested that the traditional Greek promotion of mountain tea as a panacea for most illnesses may be remarkably close to the truth. Modern tests have indicted that the tea helps in the prevention of osteoporosis while its anti-oxidant properties aid in the prevention of cancer. The studies also indicate Mountain Tea has a positive effect on almost anything that ails.
Sideritis is known scientifically to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. The active elements in Sideritis that make it beneficial for health are diterpenoids, flavonoids, and its essential oils. Significant research has been done on Sideritis confirming its popular use to prevent colds, flu, and allergies. Most of this research has taken place in Universities in the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Albania, where the plant is indigenous (except the Netherlands).
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WIPO PUBLISHES PATENT OF FINZELBERG FOR "PLANT EXTRACTS MADE OF SIDERITIS AND USE THEREOF TO BOOST COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE" (GERMAN INVENTORS)
Mar 05, 2012; GENEVA, March 5 -- Publication No. WO/2012/025609 was published on March 1. Title of the invention: "PLANT EXTRACTS MADE OF...