Treasures of Albanian Mountains the unique plants and herbs are commonly known for their unlimited benefits. We are talking about Albanian mountain tea, red oregano and sage. But in this article, AgroWeb.org will go beyond the single benefits of each of them, presenting you with the fantastic benefits of a unique tea made from the mixture of all three of them.
Albanian Mountain Tea
Albanian mountain tea is made from the leaves of plants from the Sideritis species. An herbal tea, Albanian mountain tea has been drunk for its health benefits for centuries.
Sideritis Raeseri mountain tea is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea. Researchers found that all Sideritis species plants were shown to have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-spasmodic properties. Extracts made from
Sideritis helped lower blood pressure levels while helping blood vessels to relax. Researchers found that taking an oral dose of Sideritis mountain tea led to less inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, likely due to the presence of phenols and antioxidants found naturally in the plant.
Red oregano is a perennial plant and grows in the wild across the Southern Balkans, in Albania, Northern Greece and also at the region of Montenegro. Its characteristic is that when it comes into contact with hot water, the emerging smell is unique, with a great taste unlike the common oregano.
Red oregano and common oregano are rich natural source of vitamin K, an important vitamin. Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, two oils that have remarkable bacteria-fighting power. Research shows that on a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano has demonstrated 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries. Red oregano and common oregano are high in iron, manganese, and other important minerals for health. It’s one of the healthiest and tastiest herbs you can try, so if you haven’t stopped reading yet to run out and buy some. Its beverage or tea is taken by mouth for the treatment of colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation conditions. Sage tea is beneficial in treating fevers and colds, sore throat and headaches as well as indigestion and gastro-intestinal upsets.
Albania is a leader in the production and export of these natural goodies with the endemic sage being the queen of exports (Malësi e Madhe), with an already specialized market, structured and strengthened throughout the years.
Sage has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and also serves as an appetite enhancer. Because of these characteristics of sage, sage tea provides many health benefits. Sage tea is a potent source of antioxidants that help to stave off these damaging effects of free radicals. Phenolic compounds in sage provided antioxidant benefits that protected DNA from damage in colon and other human cells in the tissue culture study. Sage extract also promoted prompt repair of DNA. Antioxidant effects of sage tea may improve liver function, Sage tea may help reduce anxiety and improve your mood, according to studies.
The magic tea
To make the tea, mix one-half teaspoon of oregano in one cup of water and bring it to a boil. Strain it, and add sugar to taste.
Place around six to eight 2-inch pieces of each plant into boiling water and lower the heat, allowing it to simmer for five to 10 minutes depending on how strong you like the tea. It has an earthy taste and, if you use the flowers, a slight floral scent. You can add honey as well as milk or lemon to flavor the tea./AgroWeb.org