Sideritis Syriaca, known in Crete as “Malotira”, was always used as breakfast drink of Cretans. The original malotira grows at an altitude ranging from 900 to 2000 m. on the mountains of western Crete. The Cretan mountain tea or Malotira is a delicious drink with wonderful aroma and taste, suitable for daily use.
The Venetians used it against gastric and respiratory disorders , following the instructions of the Cretans.
In addition to the properties that history and tradition attributes to it, mountain tea seems to have expectorant , diaphoretic and spasmolytic abilities to act against diarrhea and indigestion , while it is rich in flavonoids with antioxidant qualities similar to those of green tea. It is believed that, among other things, it is beneficial for the blood vessels of the heart as well. Put one tablespoon of Malotira in 150-200 gr. boiling water, leave 7-8 minutes, strain, add some honey if you wish, and enjoy!