Mursalski tea is also known as ironwort, mountain tea and shepherd’s tea. According to Wikipedia (search term: Sideritis), “scientists have suggested that the popular pronouncement of mountain tea as panacea may be remarkably close to the truth. Modern tests have indicated that the tea helps in the prevention of osteoporosis while its anti-oxidant properties aid in the prevention of cancer. Studies also indicate a positive effect on almost anything that ails. Sideritis is known scientifically to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. Active elements include diterpenoids, flavonoids, and its essential oils.Significant research has been done on Sideritis confirming its popular use to prevent allergies. Most of this research has taken place in universities in the Netherlands and in Greece, Turkey, FYR Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Albania, where the plant is indigenous.” The herb has anti-cough, diuretic and anti-oxidant effect. It has also refreshing, gaining in health and anti-anemic effect. Neutralizing unhealthy unattached radicals, delays the aging, reduces the risk of high blood pressure, coronary and stroke, delays the development of cancer cells, and gives better smoothness and the elasticity of the skin. It’s used at diseases of the prostate and obstructed making, stimulates sexuality. The herb is an excellent remedy for kidneys diseases and urinary channels. It helps out for the meltdown and the separation of kidney stones.
Traditionally it is used to aid digestion, stimulate the circulatory system and help the body deal with coughs. Modern science actually backs up that the tea helps in the prevention of osteoporosis and also supports its popular use to prevent allergies. There is currently a fair bit of research being done into possible actions that prevent the reuptake of serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine which suggests that Sideritis may have application in mental health, particularly ADHD.
The ancient Greek thought it to be capable of healing wounds made by iron weapons and the Bulgarians attribute properties akin to Viagra to this yellow flowering plant.