It is an aromatic and medicinal plant. The first reference to it in ancient Greece can be found at Theofrastos (372-278 b.C.). It grows as an agrestal plant on Olympus, Ossa and Pelion, at an altitude of over 1,000 metres.
The genetic material we use comes from the wild local plants, which grow on mount Ossa.
Our tea plantation is located on mount Ossa, at 1,2000 meters altitude. The cultivation methods are traditional; floriferous stems are hand-picked and drying occurs in a natural shady environment. The plantation is not watered and, as a result, our production is limited but its content is high in essential oils. Its exceptional package prevents the product from light, oxygen and humidity, in order to preserve its top quality characteristics.
It can be consumed hot or cold, with honey and lemon or cinnamon, for cooking or baking, for sorbets or isotonic liquids for athletes.
Recipe for hot tea: Heat water just below boiling point (900C) and turn the stove/kettle off. Add the tea (1-2 gr. = 1 table spoon for each cup), cover and leave for 5-8 minutes. Strain and serve. We recommend using honey instead of sugar as a sweetener. A particular flavour is achieved if you add lemon juice. You can also add a cinnamon stick and/or cloves and/or orange zest and brew for a few minutes.
If you want iced tea, let it cool down (cover the pot), put in the fridge and serve later with ice cubes. For iced tea, double the quantity of tea; 2-3 spoons per cup, because ice cubes dilute it.
It offers protection against upper respiratory inflammations, it has an antioxidant action, it has tranquillizing (anxiolytic) properties, it helps in cases of chronic bronchitis and gastritis, it is antibacterial, it protects against atherosclerosis, cataract, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and it is a main ingredient in anti-ageing products. (*)
As it contains no caffeine - contrary to classic English tea- it is not a stimulant and its consumption before sleep is recommended because it helps relaxing.
(*) Waiver: The details contained in the last paragraph are given for purely information purposes. The author does not intend to provide medical advice. Please consult your physician if you have any health problems.