Greek Mountains and Flowering Rocks

If you're familiar with this blog, you know that I love witchy things. Not actual witchcraft per say, but the idea of synergy and 'magic' that can occur when 'potions' of  whole, natural ingredients are consumed. I've always been drawn to mythical ideas like the 'elixir of life' or the potions that heal characters in video games. I also love the idea that there are secret things that come from the sea have 'magic' beyond our current understandings of nutritional science. However, my most favourite way to think about the 'magic' of food is how it can serve as medicine and heal our bodies when we select ingredients that nourish us.

In my dealings of food-magic and witchery, one of the most profound (and most obscure) discoveries I've ever made has been an herb that grows on the sides of Greek mountains called, sideritis. I've written previously about the great benefits of drinking this herb as a tea.

Upon discovering that DAVIDsTEA no longer carries the herb as a tea option, I was, quite frankly, heartbroken. But the Universe has a strange and magical way of righting these scenarios and I was contacted by the kind people at a new Boston-based tea company called, Flowering Rock.

Flowering Rock's new collection of herbal teas are inspired by the landscape and history of Greece, featuring sideritis leaves, blossoms and stems from the finest organic grower on Mt.Othrys, Greece that are blended with other aromatic botanicals.

This word, sideritis, is translated to "he who is or has the iron," and, fittingly for Sift, Dust & Toss, its origins are very ancient. I do favour food items that have a long history as the healthiest things are, no doubt, the things that nourished our ancient ancestors. 

Tests on sideritis have demonstrated that brewing the herb as a tea helps in the prevention of osteoporosis while its anti-oxidant properties aid in the prevention of cancer. Overall, the herb has been demonstrated to have a positive effect on almost anything that ails the human body, with its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties. The folks at Flowering Rock have created three different blends that each strengthen bones, memory and heart.

TITAN (To strengthen bones)
Giant of Strength and Stamina
Organic Sideritis and Sage.
MELETE (To strengthen memory)
Muse of Thought and Meditation
Organic Sideritis with Spearmint, 
Rose Hips and Hibiscus.
ANTHEIA (To strengthen heart.)
Goddess of Flowers
Organic Sideritis with Chamomile, 
Lemon Verbena and Spearmint.

Flowering Rock also carries additional sideritis blends that target sleeplessness and other ailments. Stay tuned for new varieties in the works.

Purchases can be made at the company's online store:

Most teas priced at $18 U.S.

For further reading about sideritis, please see: 
Sideritis, Sift, Dust & Toss


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