The local variety is related to the Chinese plant from which ma huang tea is made. It is said that the ever-thrifty Brigham Young encouraged use of the local decoction rather than the more expensive Asian import.
Mormon Tea, also known as Brigham Tea, is made from a leafless shrub with jointed stems that grows abundantly in the deserts of the Southwest. The green stems can be cut up, boiled and left to steep for 20 minutes before being spat out as too nasty for human consumption.
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