Malotira - Crete's Miracle Herbal Tea

Malotira (Sideritis Syriaca) - or Cretan Mountain Tea, has been known since Antiquity for its remarkable health benefits.

Its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties promote healthy heart, gastrointestinal and respiratory systems. 

I can certainly vouch from personal experience its ability to help in fighting coughs and colds. 

But it has also been shown to lower blood-pressure, to strengthen the immune system and most recently to positively affect the memory of those with dementia.

A wild plant similar to Chamomile, Malotira grows on the highest slopes of Crete's beautiful mountain ranges.  But it is on the White Mountains, in the Northwest of Crete, where we graze our animals and where our honey suppliers graze their bees, that the unique plant is most abundant. 

To make tea every part of the plant is used and often sprigs of marjoram, dittany or sage are added to the infusion.

How to make Malotira Tea

1  Break up pieces of the Mountain Tea and place in a Tea Filter, Infuser or Strainer.

2  Place in a cup or mug and pour on boiling water to cover.

3  Allow it to brew for 5 to 10 minutes

4  Drink just as it is or add a little honey or lemon


Visit our store to purchase Malotira and add a cupful to your daily routine


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