Brigham Tea - Mormon Tea (Ephedra Nevadensis) - found in the American Southwest and Mexico. A beverage brewed
from the twig-like stems of the plant is called Mormon tea and was used
as a remedy by early American settlers. The
herbal concoction was primarily used as a decongestant to relieve
respiratory ailments such as asthma.
In addition, the tea was used to treat urinary tract disorders and
hypotension, and the stems of the plant were chewed as a remedy for
sunburned lips. Also known as Brigham tea, desert tea, and popotillo, the tea is described as having an astringent but not unpleasant taste.