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Brigham Tea is most commonly used as a pleasant beverage and sometimes called Mormon Tea. Steep for 5 minutes. The whole herb is historically used as a decongestant and for the nervous system.
This shrub is broom-like, resembling horsetail grass. The jointed green stems and branches of some species reach the height of 7 feet, although most are smaller. Two or three scale-like leaves grow at joints in stem and branches. Male and female cones appear on different plants, the male cones have yellow pollen sacs. Found in arid areas of the Northern Hemisphere, especially in deserts of the southwest.
Origin(s): United States.
Latin Name(s): Ephedra nevadensis.
Also known as: Mormon Tea, joint fir, Squaw tea, tick tea, desert tea, miner's tea, teamster's tea, Mexican tea, popotillo.
Plant Part(s) Used: Aerial Parts.
Appearance: Light green to Tan.
Aroma: Pine like.
Taste: Pine like.
GMO Status: Non-GMO.
Additives: Free of any additives or preservatives.
Applications / Preparations: Can be put into capsules, teas, decoction or infused as an herbal extract.
Storage: Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life: It is very difficult to pin down an exact expiration date for most single herbs as they do not really expire, they lose potency or strength over time but will still have value. Unlike synthetic material or drugs, herbs can contain many constituents that contribute to their medicinal effects. Even if when we know what the active constituents are, there are often many of them in a single herb, each with different rates of degradation. Some herbs lose their effect more easily. Other herbs that possess more stable compounds such as alkaloids or steroids will last much longer.
A huge part of the degradation rate of herbs depends also on the storage conditions of the herb, and even on the quality of the herb before storage – how it was grown, harvested, dried and processed. If the product is left in hot places or open to sunlight then it will degrade much quicker than if it was stored in cool, dry place & sealed tightly.
A good rule of thumb is that herbs should be stored no longer than 2-3 years but many herbs will have great strength much longer than that. To determine if an herb is still good you can check the appearance and aroma. Herbs that are no longer acceptable will have lost much of its vibrant color and will instead appear dull and faded. The bigger key though is to smell the raw materials to see if the potent aroma is still present.
Warning: Consult your health care practitioner before using if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or thyroid trouble.
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Melanie’s Health & Nutrition really began with Auminay Naturals which was formerly SkinTastic Creations. This product line took root over twenty years ago as Melanie faced cancer. After becoming aware of alternative therapies she worked to change to a healthier lifestyle and learn about herbs. She developed what is now the Auminay Naturals product line by eventually learning to infuse these herbs into products that used natural ingredients to provide skin care products for a healthier lifestyle. In 2017, as a newly certified Master Herbalist, Melanie opened Melanie’s Health & Nutrition to provide a resource for the Tooele community. The Auminay products are now made in the back section of the store. Melanie and her staff love to serve the community and provide opportunities for learning, as well as products that empower people to be healthier.