INONI is by 2 sisters, Renela and Alexia Giannakopoulou, with whom are scientific training and both are concerning the natural environment. The 2 sisters are graduates of the Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment of AUTH. Both are also forester and environmentalist. Alexia has also received her PhD in Active Substances of Pharmaceutical Aromatic Plants.
Their farmland is situated on a hill of Monopigado, northern Greece, 30km from Thessaloniki, ideal for organic cultivation. The appropriate altitude with a particularly favourable microclimate, as shown by soil analysis and surveys related to the adaptability of aromatic plants to specific conditions, to successfully grow the crops. They aim to offer consumer premium quality products with unique taste. Most importantly, completely free of pesticide, hormones and chemical additives. Also they seek every consumer to understand the importance of the sustainability of natural resources.
Harvesting is all by hand, reducing carbon footprint to the environment. Harvested herbs are selected carefully before they are sealed in air-tight environment.
Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis scardic), a herb that has been in the Greek diet for centuries and has many pharmaceutical properties and biological activities that are beneficial to our human bodies. In the ancient time, the herb is given the name "sideritis" which in Greek means "iron" because it was considered a herb capable of healing wounds resulting from iron weapons during battles. It is indigenous in the Mediterranean zone, especially in the mountainous Greek lands. It has high level of anti-oxidant and large amount of essential oils, flavonoids, iron and other phytonutrients. It is from also known as Shepherd's Tea or Ironwort. In recent years, based on laboratory analysis, there is a connection between the consumption of the plant extract of Sideritis (mountain tea) with our Central Nervous System (CNS), which means that regular drinking of it may prevent or combat the disorders caused by anxiety, depression and degeneration of brain cells (Alzheimer's disease).
It is also one of the few herbs that have no contradictions nor side-effects due to over consumption, making it an excellent choice to enjoy safely be it cold or hot to warm or refreshing our body and shielding our health.
Traditionally in Greece, the tea is considered beneficial to fight common cold, cough, bronchitis and bronchial asthma. The tea is also known to help lower blood pressure, boost immune system, aid digestion, helps to lift up the mood, help anxiety problem and can increase bone mineral density, which helps in avoiding osteoporosis. It is rich in iron, therefore protects us against anemia. Its high anti-oxidants properties help to detox several vital organs such as liver and kidneys.
The herbal tea is commonly prepared by decoction, by boiling the stems, or steep 2-3g of leaves and flowers in a pot of water (appx 200ml) for 10-15 minutes. The longer you steep, the taste becomes more intense. You can also serving with honey and lemon. Enjoy this great tea.