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Tsai tou Vounou (Greek Mountain Tea)

Tsai tou vounou is Greek for "tea of the mountain" (aka Greek mountain tea) and is also known as sideritis, ironwort, or shepherd's tea. In many Greek and Mediterranean homes, this tea is a go-to herbal remedy because it boasts lots of health benefits.
Course Beverage
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword greek mountain tea, ironwort, mountain tea, sideritis
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 1kcal


  • 10 ounces water
  • small handful of Greek mountain tea*
  • honey to taste optional
  • fresh lemon optional
  • splash of Metaxa or whiskey optional*


  • Pour water into a small saucepan. Add in the tea, cover, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to simmer for five minutes.
  • Remove from heat. For a stronger flavor, allow the tea to steep an additional three to five minutes.
  • Strain into a cup and discard the sprigs. Add in honey and/or squeezed lemon, if desired.
  • Enjoy!


  1. Most packages of mountain tea contain the full stems and will need to be broken into halves or thirds, depending on the size of your saucepan.
  2. If you're a fan of hot toddies or a warm tea beverage with a splash of liquor, try this with some whiskey or Metaxa!


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg