Greek mountain tea, also called ironwort, is a woody perennial that is hardy in zones 7 to 10. This plan is native to the Mediterranean Sea and is used, most commonly, to create herbal tea infusions from the leaves, flowers, and stems.
Spiritual and Magickal Usage:
- Add the leaves and flowers of this plant to a bath tea to ease anxiety and lift your mood.
- Greek mountain tea added to incense will help clear stress and tension from your space, calling in calming energy.
- Use this herb in spells for the easing of depression and to improve your mood.
- To make a tonic tea, break off 6-8 pieces of the stalks (including flowers about 2 inches long) into a cup and a half of boiling water for 5-10 minutes, steeping for no longer than ten minutes. This tonic can be used to treat colds, respiratory issues, digestive problems, and anxiety.
- A tea from this plant is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory.
This plant prefers full sun and fast-draining soil found in a raised or rocky bed. In the spring or anytime, if your soils are warm, scarify the seeds on medium grit sandpaper. Once scarred, sow in pots or flats by barely covering the seeds, tamp them down and keep them warm, evenly moist and in the light until germination. Germination generally occurs within ten days. Separate seedlings into gallon pots and grow to sufficient size for transplanting to the garden or landscape, spacing each plant 18 inches apart.
All information is provided for educational purposes with no guarantee of results; please use all herbal products with care.
One packet of 20 Greek mountain tea (Sideritis syriaca) seeds.