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Mountain tea is part of the family Lamiaceae of the genus Sideritis. The genus includes over 100 species, mainly found in Mediterranean countries, the Canary Islands and North Asia. In Greece there are approximately 17 species of which the best known are:
Tea Euboea: Sideritis Euboea,
Tea Olympus: Sideritis Scardica,
Tea Taygetus: Sideritis Clantestina
Tea Crete (Malotira): Sideritis Syriaca,
Tea Parnassus: SideritisRaeseri.
It is an aromatic, medicinal, herbaceous, perennial plant, although some species are annual. The part of the plant being collected is the inflorescence in full bloom together with 5-6 cm of stems. The flowering stems are typically dried so that they can be used for a long time.
Research shows that mountain tea has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-oxidant properties (some species are comparable to green tea), as well as antibacterial and immunomodulatory. It is also known for protecting the gastrointestinal tract, and contains substances with antidepressant functions.
In almost all Mediterranean countries it is used as a herb for various purposes. As a beverage it has many beneficial properties, which are due to components of its essential oil. The beverage is palatable and can be consumed hot or cold, plain or preferably with honey.
The quality is proportional to the altitude: increased height is typically associated with higher quality.
How to use:
Beverage preparation: Add some leaves and flowers of the herb to water (quantity of a cup) and boil for 5 minutes. Then strain it and drink it plain or with honey.
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EUPHORIA SECRETS produces all of its products in privately-owned land, processing them at its private premises, following traditional practices for collection, using, however, modern techniques, in order to retain the high quality characteristics of each product. Products are then being packaged and forwarded to the market.Hygiene and production checks take place at all stages, starting from the field until the final point of disposal, in order to guarantee consistent quality to consumers.
The company is relatively new, has its headquarters in Central Greece and has organized modern facilities and equipment.
So far products include, but are not limited to: Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Tarragon, Calendula, Verbena, Sideritis-mountain tea, Achilles and Hyssop.
All our products are certified organic and certified for highest quality by the appropriate European certification bodies. Analyses performed on the products have indicated that the main ingredient for each product is reaching the highest percentage, such as for example carvacrol in oregano and thymol in thyme that exceed 90 per cent and determine the quality of each product. Soon our production will expand to four new products, such as Rosemary, Peppermint, Ladania and Mellissochorto.
At the same time, we are expanding our facilities in order to start producing essential oils from the cultivated herbs, as well as assorted products (such as different types of teas and other beverages).
We are a team eager to share with you the secrets of EUPHORIA!