Habitat and Description
Mormon tea is a shrub that grows in the south western desert of the United States as well as Mexico. On dry rocky slopes, gravel terraces and canyon walls, often on limestone, at elevations of 800 – 2500 feet. You can almost always find them near old Indian ruins.
Some of the other names are Brigham tea, Squaw tea, Popotillo, and Joint Fir. Mormon Tea (genus Ephedra) is a woody shrub that grtwo to five feet high and wide. In some places in Mexico, such as the desert east of the Pinacate volcanic field, these plants can reach 15 feet tall.
Mormon tea can be used for colds. Flu, headaches, lung problems, water retention,and rheumatism.
It can be used safely for urinary tract problems as a diuretic and a urinary tract astringent and a moderate anti-inflammatory.
Externally as dressing for wounds.
Mormon tea is one of the best tea sources for calcium, if using for calcium make it fresh each time. It is helpful alone or with other plants for a women at risk for osteoporosis and in early menopause.
If drank on a regular basis it can help alleviate seasonal allergies.
Mormon tea does not cure asthma but it can help with the symptoms related to asthma.
It can help stem diarrhea.
Dried and powdered stems can be used externally as a dressing on wounds and sores.
It was used by frontiersmen to cure venereal or sexually transmitted diseases.( Not sure how well that worked lol).
How to use
Tea,You can use it fresh or dried to brew a tea and can be drank hot or cold. I mix mine in my peppermint and spearmint tea and drink it cold I use about 1/3 cup of each and brew a strong tea then add to a gallon picture and fill with water I do add sweetener . In the winter I will brew a cup of Mormon tea to drink hot I can’t drink coffee anymore so it is nice to have something that I can replace it with, and since it grows wild here it is free.
Have you ever used Mormon tea ? If so how did you like it?