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My tea Addition to Steepster and My Photo that I took on the Island of Santorini Today after church, my friend Peter (who was born on the Greek Island of Lesbos..and refers to himself as a…well you can guess…) gave me a quart container of big silvery green leaves tinged with yellow…very interesting looking with big buds. It was labeled in Greek. Peter read the label and told me it was Greek Mountain Tea. COOL, and thank you Peter! Couldn’t wait to get home and look this tea up. Rushing home, I logged into the computer and googled Greek Mountain Tea…which brought up lots of information including health benefits and ancient history. This tea is a tisane. Officially it is Sideritis.
How to brew:
Directions were odd… 1/2 oz. in 1 Qt. boiling water for 10minutes (no more) then add honey and lemon if you wish. Drink 1 cup a day for health. Of course I had to break this down to cuppa quantities. I began with 1 TB in 8 oz for 9 min. The liquid finished pale yellow and has an herb type fragrance in a mountain meadow way that reminds me of living in the Northern California foothills as a kid during the Summer when you could smell the dry brush and Arbutus bushes and scrub Oak. When I tasted the tea it had a Greek oregano saltiness with a mellow herb flavor all it’s own. I added sweetening but no lemon and this was so different and delicious that I really liked the unique taste. As I sipped away, I was reminded of so many days playing outdoors when I was young without a care in the world. This is one of those memory tea’s in the same way that Lapsang Souchong reminds me of fires in the fireplace and camping. No wonder Wikipedia says that it is used as an anti-anxiety tea…I’m chillin!

TheTeaFairy

great review, thanks for sharing this knowledge with us :)

Bonnie

What does Krystaleyn know about it? She’s the plant expert?

Kittenna

Sadly I know nothing about this plant! But of course, you make me curious to find out :P Hopefully I will remember to later, when I’m not trying to procrastinate!

Bonnie

It’s ok…you’re not at work! If you want some I could send some to you.

Kittenna

Just read a bit on it on Wikipedia (still procrastinating) – sounds fascinating! I’d love a sample if you felt like sending one :P I’m into trying different things. My roommate gave me some lotus leaves that she brews as a herbal tisane. I have yet to try them, but am so curious :D

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TheTeaFairy

great review, thanks for sharing this knowledge with us :)

Bonnie

What does Krystaleyn know about it? She’s the plant expert?

Kittenna

Sadly I know nothing about this plant! But of course, you make me curious to find out :P Hopefully I will remember to later, when I’m not trying to procrastinate!

Bonnie

It’s ok…you’re not at work! If you want some I could send some to you.

Kittenna

Just read a bit on it on Wikipedia (still procrastinating) – sounds fascinating! I’d love a sample if you felt like sending one :P I’m into trying different things. My roommate gave me some lotus leaves that she brews as a herbal tisane. I have yet to try them, but am so curious :D

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Colorado Grandma
http://www.teaandincense.com
Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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