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Mormon Tea

Ephedra Nevadensis

A tea brewed from the twigs of the plant is to this day a popular thirst quencher and folk remedy, however, none of its uses in folk medicine have been validated by research. Although no ephedrine is found in the American ephedras, proponents of Mormon Tea maintain that it works as a decongestant and asthma remedy, like its ephedrine rich Chinese relative, mahuang. In the desert, people chew a piece of the twig to relieve the pain of sunbirned lips.

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