BRIGHAM TEA (MORMON TEA) GENERAL INFORMATION
Also known as Popotillo, Yanabah, Desert Tea, Miner’s Tea, Squaw Tea, Tick Tea, Teamsters Tea, Joint Fir, & Green Thread
ORGANIC, NATIVELY GROWN IN SOUTHWEST UTAH.
General info re-posted from a variety of sources on the internet:
“BRIGHAM TEA, Ephedra nevadensis is a fairly difficult to find herb because it only grows in certain parts of the southwest United States and at certain elevations and soils. It is not in commercial cultivation, as it is a very slow-growing native plant which can only tolerate a limited annual harvest.
“Brigham Tea is an exceptional tonic. It tones up many parts of the body. It is said to be a decongestant and bronchial dilator. It has a reputation of being good for arthritis, rheumatism, cancer, bursitis, painful muscles and joints, relieving toxic conditions, purifying the blood, an aid to kidney and bladder problems, a help in curing venereal diseases, a big help to allergies and a relief to hay-fever sufferers.
“Brigham Tea is also considered an excellent demulcent for colds, and is used to balance the pH of the body. High in copper and iron, Brigham Tea is good for anemia.
“It is a desert plant that grows from two to three feet tall. It is a green brush with no leaves, only jointed little sticks that seem to all grow in the same direction. In the late winter or early spring most of the sticks will sprout a little cone-like blossom.
“The whole plant is used to treat asthma, hayfever, and other allergies and should be used during all stages of a cold or influenza, for arthritis, and for fluid retention. It has also been hailed for its appetite suppression and mental alertness.
“It is a “pick-me-up” in the long dark days on winter, it also is a natural pain-reliever, detox, blood tonic, and astringent. Countless are the testimonials for a variety of health issues, spanning centuries.” Most herbalist and botanist call this herb by its botanical name, Ephedra. However, the Chinese specie of this herb contains much more of the alkaloid, ephedra. The Chinese have used this herb for thousands of years. It also stimulates the adrenals.
“Be careful not to confuse Mormon tea (Ephedra nevadensis) with ephedra (Ephedra sinica and other ephedra species). Unlike these other plants, Mormon tea does not contain ephedrine, an unsafe stimulant.
“Frontiersmen valued it as a treatment for asthma, hay fever, altitude sickness, and any illness effecting oxygen intake. Besides respiratory conditions, it was also used as a blood purifier, believed to help treat rheumatism, and used as a digestive tonic. The plant earned another, less flattering nickname (Whorehouse Tea) for its reputation as a cure for venereal diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea.”
“As a medicine, people take Mormon tea for sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea. It is also used for colds, influenza, kidney disorders, and as a “spring” tonic. Hence the nickname, “whorehouse tea”.
“Brigham Young had a very good knowledge of herbs and advised many remedies for the sick. He recommended this herb to almost anyone, to be used as a tonic to heal and tune up the body. This tea is said to be great as a: Decongestant, Bronchial Dialator, and De-Tox. It is very helpful if you feel a cold or flu coming on. It is said to relieve asthma, allergies, hayfever, arthritis, bursitis, pain, and much more.”
Also here is a very informative article re: Brigham Tea and Dr. Christopher’s research: http://www.herballegacy.com/Brigham_Tea.html
Brigham tea is a mild and pleasant tasting tea and you can use the same twigs several times for additional batches of tea. We harvest when it has been dry weather for a period of time, because moisture affects the natural ephedra in the bark.
People have reported back to us that the tea has helped them with a variety of issues, including: asthma, flu, colds, energy, weight-loss, arthritis, bladder infections, heart arrhythmia and palpations, etc.
Suggested storage amount: 4-8 lbs in consideration of the following health reasons*:
— Flu: Extended use during any type influenza-type epidemic/pandemic
— Asthma / bronchial dialator
— Cold & Allergies: Brigham tea is the only known natural Antihistamine
— Source of Vitamin B-12, Copper, Iron & Cobalt
— Kidney Stones
— Anemia: Contains iron
— Every day enjoyment as a pleasant tasting tea
— Use as a blood tonic
— Assists with weight loss
Brigham Young had this herb listed as one of the 3-4 Essential Herbs that would help the Saints survive the plagues of the last days
*Disclaimer: Any statements made herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure disease. Consult your Health Care Professional before using any supplement or health care product.
AS SOON AS TEA ARRIVES, AIR IT OUT!
Most of the tea that we ship out is “fresh” so make sure to open your packages right away and air out the tea for 1-2 months. If you don’t, your tea will mold and be unusable. We do not replace moldy tea.
The first order that went out on Jan 2nd came in plastic bags packed with 8oz of Brigham Tea. Hopefully you all opened those bags, and allowed your tea to air out and dry to prevent mold.
All of the subsequent orders after Jan 3rd went out in 8 oz paper bags and also in bulk, 4# boxes. The bags should be opened and allowed to air dry, and the box contents should be emptied and placed into paper grocery bags or some other measure to dry out the tea. Typically takes 1-2 months at regular air temperatures. If you live in a humid area, then please place your tea into an oven at 170.
HOW TO PREPARE IT:
Prior to using the tea-reeds, please rinse them under cold water to remove any dust or dirt.
Only requires a small handful of tea (below) for a 2, or 2.5 qt saucepan.
Fill pot with water, and bring to a boil. Then reduce and simmer for 10-20 min.
The longer you simmer, the darker it will get.
We usually re-steep the same reeds, 3 days in a row. I know people who use it many more times.
Photo below is what they look like on the second day (below)
Then using a strainer, I pour the tea directly into the tea cup
Finished tea! If you prefer, stir in a little bit of honey or sweetener,
although the tea has a mild, pleasant flavor and doesn’t necessarily require it
Nice, mild flavor!
Another option, is that you may “grind/pulverize” the reeds to make a powdered tea, or for use in making a Tincture. Use only a small amount at a time. Grind on “high”. This is what the finished product looks like (below right)
Place ground-tea into a teaball, and simmer in a tea kettle for 10-20 minutes.
Note: ground tea will not store as long as whole-reeds. We prefer to use ours in it’s “whole state”.