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Nevada ephedra (Ephedra nevadensis)


blood purifying, diuretic, antipyretic

Areas of application:

Kidney problems, gonorrhea and syphilis if detected in the early stages, asthma, respiratory system problems, allergies, hay fever, wounds, skin infections

Plant parts used:

stems, seeds

Collection time:

stem at any time,

Seed from May to August

To find:

Occurs on plains and slopes throughout creosote bush deserts, mostly up to 4,000 feet (1,219 m), sometimes in desert grasslands up to 5,000 feet (1,524 m).




Nevada ephedra has jointed or ridged trunks and scale-like leaves. The leaf scales of Mormon tea are arranged in pairs. They are 2.5 to 5 cm long and have scales up to about the middle. The inflorescence of the desert shrub is cone-shaped. The fruit stalks are clearly stalked and the seeds are usually arranged in pairs.

🛑 The leaves of Mormon tea are considered poisonous. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use Mormon tea. Caution is advised for people with cardiac arrhythmias.

A common misconception is that Ephedra Nevadensis contains ephedrine, a known stimulant. However, this is not true. (Wikipedia)

In the kitchen, the green or dried branches are used as tea. The seeds are roasted or ground to make bread. The fruit is sweet and has a mild taste.

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