Dried ironwort, also known as mountain tea and shepherd's tea, is a plant well known in the countries of the Middle East. Appreciated for its beneficial effects and the content of many valuable minerals. It is the source of, among others iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium and copper. Rich in tannins and flavonoids.
What is a dried horse?
Dried ironwort is a plant of the genus sidertis. This species includes over 100 types of drought-resistant shrubs growing in southern Europe. This plant grows on mountainous areas, it occurs naturally in areas located above 1000m above sea level. As a result, it is free from contamination. To this day, it is the most popular Greek drink. Individual species of this plant differ not only in appearance (flowers may be more or less impressive) but also in aroma, taste and properties. It is a plant sensitive to the sun's rays, which may affect its color and appearance. In ancient times, the sideritis was used by soldiers as a wound healing agent. The health-promoting power of this plant has been believed for a long time. Shepherd's tea was given to Russian and American astronauts prior to space expeditions.
Is the silderitis allergic? Contraindications for use
The herb is a product of plant origin and, like any plant, it can cause allergic reactions. Symptoms that should prompt you to stop using the ironwort are, among others, hives, swelling of the mucous membranes and throat, shortness of breath. Due to the lack of sufficient research on the effects of the use of this plant on the developing fetus, pregnant women should consult a doctor about the use of dried herbal tea. You should also be careful when giving the tea to young children.
What does ironwort contain?
Dried ironwort is a wealth of many valuable minerals. In it we find iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, sodium and copper. It also contains large amounts of essential oils and antioxidants. Due to its antioxidant properties, it is also used in the cosmetics industry. Creams for mature skin and shampoos are prepared on the basis of the sideritis. It is also an addition to perfumes.
What are the properties?
Active substances contained in the dried sideritis have a positive effect on the functioning of the entire body. They can help to strengthen your immunity and speed up the treatment of various types of infections. Shepherd's tea is recommended for colds, angina and general weakness of the body. Due to the high iron content, ironwort infusion is used as an aid in the treatment of anemia. The plant also has a beneficial effect on the digestive system, it is used in digestive problems and gastrointestinal disorders. Calf infusion will help with the fight against general exhaustion and fatigue, give energy and vitality.
What to use a sideritis for and how to prepare tea from a ironwort?
Dried sideritis is usually eaten as an infusion or decoction. It is better to choose dried herb that is more valuable than powdered herb. The drink from the ironwort can be drunk without additives, but it also goes well with the addition of honey and lemon or mint. Below you will find a recipe for an aromatic mountain tea.
Only two ingredients are needed to prepare Shepherd's tea: one to two teaspoons of the herb and hot water. Sideritis, covered with boiling water, should be left covered for about 5 to 10 minutes. After this time, it is ready to drink. Another way is to boil the herb in water. When it starts to boil, wait about 3 minutes and turn off the fire. The drink can be consumed warm, but it also tastes great after cooling down. It is recommended to regularly consume one cup of tea once a day. In states of colds and weakness of the organism, you can drink up to three cups a day.