Sideritis scardica (Olympus Tea), the herb of the Gods, has a number of beneficial effects on human health, due to the flavonoids it contains, which are responsible for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. It has anti-inflammatory (for respiratory infections), antispasmodic, analgesic, healing and anxiolytic properties. Recently, sideritis scardica was the subject of scientific study with respect to its effects in combating Alzheimer’s disease and for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. It can also contribute to the prevention of osteoporosis, as it prevents the loss of bone density and enhances the mechanical strength of the bone. In recent years, Olympus tea has been used in alternative medicine.
Consumption helps reduce coronary heart disease mortality and its strong antioxidant properties act as an inhibitor of cancer cell growth. It is also used to prevent anemia because it contains iron. “Olympus Tea” contains no caffeine and therefore, unlike common black tea, it can be consumed at any time of day, even in the evening. In addition, its beneficial properties are also applied in the beauty industry as it is used in various cosmetics and skincare products, such as anti-wrinkle creams with “Sideritis” extract, helping to keep the skin healthy, glowing and beautiful.
In general, Sideritis scardica has great prospects for growth in the food industry, but also in the pharmaceutical and perfumery industry, through the production of essential oils used in the relevant products.