Delicious Greek Herbal Teas to Try
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The stunning landscapes of Greece offer fertile ground to grow and nurture a cornucopia of herbs. One of the most common ways to use these herbs is in the country’s famous teas. These plants are harvested all over the land, making the perfect backdrop for your next cup of tea. Not only do these teas taste delicious, but they also deliver a host of health benefits. Here are some of the best teas you should drink while in Greece:
The most popular tea in Greece is Mountain Tea. This herb is cultivated at higher altitudes, emanating a sweet aroma from its mild yellow flowers. You can drink this tea either hot or cold accompanied by a slice of lemon to bring out its sweet undertones. The mild flavor makes it a good base for more intricate recipes.
The essentials oils of the Mountain Tea plant boast a variety of antimicrobial and antifungal properties. The plant may reduce inflammation in the body and boost the function of the gastrointestinal system. It may also be helpful in lower the risk of developing age-related cognitive issues such as dementia.
Because of its intense peppery taste, sage is best enjoyed in a tea as an addition to a milder concoction. This herb offers a powerful mix of antioxidant properties, known to boost cognitive function. Research has also shown that sage may help to reduce the risk of cognitive issues such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Many people find relief for sore throats by gargling sage. Additionally, the presence of vitamin K is useful in strengthening the bones.
Chamomile is one of the most common teas to drink while in Greece. It not only tastes delicious, especially when sweetened with some Greek honey, but it is also one of those cure-alls that people reach for whenever they are feeling under the weather. Chamomile is a mild sedative, can settle an upset stomach, and is a valuable ally as a sleep aid. It also wildly grown in Greece and seems to do well in the climate. You can even find it wild, so while foraging while in the county, you are sure to find some. Many Greeks keep the dried flowers on hand.
Greek legend states that the serene Linden blossoms will transport you to a magical land of mythical fairies if you fall asleep next to their blooms. This folklore is rooted in the narcotic properties of the plant if they are not harvested in a timely manner. These flowers offer high levels of phytonutrients and flavonoids, helping to lower blood pressure and soothe mental and emotional distress.
Many people turn to Linden blossoms to fight off the common cold by reducing mucus production. Children enjoy the plant heated with goat’s milk when having issues sleeping as a result of a cold or other illness.
A cup of tea made from one of these aromatic herbs is the perfect way to soak up the unique flavors of Greece. You can’t go wrong with any of these!
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This post was written by Greek Boston