Milder tea, with less side effects than Chinese Ephedra, Brigham Tea is harvested wild, and provided to you in a 1 oz package (enough for MORE cups of tea than your average package of herbal tea).
We use this as a metabolic balancer and metabolic and chemical detoxer. It is very useful to me in helping heal a range of issues.
The flavor is pleasant, mildly fruity and you can drink it without sweetening, but a spoonful of sugar or honey makes it an easy drink to get down. (If you make it too strong, it is not as pleasant.)
IMPORTANT! Brigham Tea must be prepared properly!
It takes only a SMALL amount for 1 cup of tea - about 2 twigs, 2-3" long, per cup, and if you do it right, you can get two decoctions from each portion.
Method 1 - Boil, covered, for 30 minutes. Drain off the tea and save. Add the same amount of water again, and boil for a second time, another 30 minutes - you can add sugar to this boiling, but should not to the first one, adding sugar will pull out some elements in the plant more efficiently on the second boiling. Combine the tea from both boilings.
Method 2 - Electric Pressure Pot! Use a short cycle, about 10 minutes, on low pressure, about 3-7 lbs pressure. Drain the tea off and save it. Add the same amount of water again, and run for 15 minutes, under higher pressure, about 8-12 lbs. You can add sugar to the second cycle, but should not to the first one, since sugar pulls out more elements, and you do NOT want it to do that on the first one, you want the heat to mellow them instead. Combine the tea from both boilings.
Brigham Tea will store for about 2 weeks after it is made up, in the fridge. You may also can it (waterbath for 10 minutes in half pint jars).
A simple way to store Brigham Tea as a medicinal. Use 1 tablespoon per dose, mixed in hot or cold water.
Method 1 - 2 cups water, 12 twig pieces (enough for 6 cups tea). Boil for 30 minutes. Add 2 cups sugar, boil for 10 minutes, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Put into half pint jars, and put lids on tight - this will cause them to seal. STORE IN FRIDGE AFTER OPENING.
Method 2 - Electric Pressure Pot (I like this method better, it results in a stronger syrup). 1 1/2 cups water, and 12 twig pieces (enough for 6 cups tea). Use a short cycle, about 10 minutes, on low pressure, about 3-7 lbs pressure. Add 2 cups sugar, stir once, and run for 15 minutes, under higher pressure, about 8-12 lbs. The second cycle will dissolve the sugar in, and you'll get a light syrup. STORE IN FRIDGE AFTER OPENING.