These plants are hardy flowering perennials, which have adapted to exist with little soil and little water. Sideritis raeseri is the only plant cultivated in Greece, else this and other ones are found in the wild. Mountain tea is popular in Greece and is used in winters when aches, cold, and pain increases, and physical activities decrease.
According to the experience of different people, it is helpful in almost all ailments, especially digestion, respiratory issues, mild anxiety, immune system, and an antioxidant. Besides, it is also used to reduce fever and anti-inflammatory. It is sold in Greece in pharmacies, grocery shops, and herb-and-spice shops. It can also be collected fresh and dried at home to use later. It is sold as “Greek Mountain Shepherd’s Tea or Greek Mountain Tea” outside Greece.
It has a higher level of polyphenols, antioxidants, and essential oil, including flavonoids. According to a study, its antioxidants are powerful, thus results in the tea being potent as green tea at preventing oxidative stress and promoting the body’s antioxidant defenses. Multiple studies have confirmed the health benefits of wild mountain tea, including boosting the immune response to aid in digestion, anti-inflammatory, and preventing osteoporosis.