What is Ephedra Viridis?
Ephedra Viridis (also called Green Ephedra or the Mormon Tea) is the less popular relative of Ephedra Sinica, a shrub native to the western part of the United States that has the appearance of a long needled, stunted pine.
The leaves of this plant are reduced to scales, photosynthesis taking place in the stems which are thus colored in bright yellow green or dark green. Being given that they extend above the snow, the stems of the plant are used as winter forage for lots of animals.
Just like Ma Huang, this member of the Ephedraceae family can be turned into a distinctive energizing drink, the stimulant properties recommending Ephedra Viridis beverages as great alternatives to coffee.
Largely used as a medicinal tea, this product is extremely popular among Mormons, hence the surname of the herb. Green Ephedra is known to provide quick relief from respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma or congestion and it’s proven to be a reputedly ally against rheumatic pain, kidney and bladder problems, colds, flu and stomach upset, acne, headaches, fever and cough.
Containing less to no ephedrine alkaloids, Ephedra Viridis has fewer applications in the industry of weight-loss dietary supplements but it’s still a useful product for people dealing with respiratory problems.