I was really excited when I got the chance to try tea from Teas and Trees. They seem like a very cool company that does a lot of interesting tea blends. I don't think there is a single tea on their website that I have seen for sale elsewhere.
Their varieties include Achooo, Luisa, Sideritis, Erodas and Marjoram. The one I was looking forward to trying first was Sideritis, so I made myself a mug.
I have to admit, at first I didn't really know how to prepare this tea. I had no idea how much to use because every herbal tea is different, some are stronger and some are more mild. Being a floral tea, I decided to use a fair amount of the buds and stems and place them in a pyrex bowl along with some warm water. I use the pyrex bowls as a way to check the color of the tea and assess how saturated it is.
This tea was unlike anything I had ever had but it was amazing! I guess the closest comparison would be a chamomile tea, although the flavor is even more mild and smooth. I detected some light sweet notes, which made this an excellent tea to curl up with on a cold day. I ended up sharing a lot with my family because they all have colds this week and I think it has been making them feel a lot better.
Sideritis is also known as Greek Mountain tea, and this variety of herbs is grown only in Crete. The plant has been touted with numerous health benefits including boosts to the digestive system and the immune system. It is also packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. It has also been found that sideritis has the ability to lower blood pressure according to a 2012 publication of the “Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology”.
This tisane really grew on me. The flavor is light and refreshing with a slight herbal mint taste. This tea is great served cold or hot and delicious either way. The herbs in this tisane are used to combat inflammation, fevers and colds and ironically, I came down with an illness in the past few days and believe that Sideritis really helped me heal. This provides the rare opportunity of being very refreshing and invigorating when served cold but very cozy and comforting when served hot.