Mormon

Mormon Tea - A stimulant sacrament to improve breathing

• Habitat: Prefers deserts and dry mountainsides with good drainage.

• Botanical Description: The herb has both male and female flowers. The males, with stamens, are found on catkins, while the females, with pistils, rise from a two-leaved flower branch supported on axillary stalks coming from the stems. The fruit consists of two pistil-like capsules containing a juicy cone-shaped seed in each capsule. The stems or branches are slender and erect with small leaves somewhat like scales on the stem.

History

Chinese ephedra has been used medicinally for more than five thousand years. In 2700 B.C., Shen Mung, the father of Chinese medicine, used the dried roots and stems as a decongestant to treat coughs, colds, headaches, and fever. Its Chinese name is ma huang.

Some species of ephedra were made into a fermented drink and used ceremonially by Vedic and Zoroastrian priests for Tantric lunar rites.

Chemistry

Mormon tea contains ephedrine, d-norpseudoephedrine, and tannin. Ephedrine produces most of the effects of sympathetic nervous system stimulation.

Ephedrine Sulfate (Ma Huang)

Ma Huang has four times the effect of ephedrine to Mormon tea because pseudoephedrine has less vascular action, but maintains bronchial effect. They both cost the same per pound.

Primary Effects

Powerful decongestant and stimulant. Blood pressure may rise moderately; heart rate and cardiac output are increased. Bronchi are relaxed and dilated.

Preparation

The Chinese technique is to bring a large pan of water to boil. Put 1 to 2 ounces of Mormon tea (or ma huang) into the boiling water and cover. Allow to boil for five minutes, then turn down the heat. Three or 4 cups of the liquid should produce the desired effect.

Ritual Use

The breath is considered the source of life in China. Any herb that improved breathing was considered a sacrament. A simple ritual used today involves the herb ma huang and Tiger Balm (an ointment containing camphor):

The herb is left on the stove for several days so that fermentation occurs. The water is usually brought to a boil at least once a day. After the fourth day, the brew becomes quite strong and is considered a stimulant. Breathing is improved by placing Tiger Balm on the lip under the nose and inhaling the fumes of ma huang. After doing this for five minutes, drink 3 to 4 cups of the liquid. It will be obvious that the resultant increase in energy is directly related to more relaxed breathing.

Note of Caution: If used in excess (i.e., every day for three weeks), there is the possibility of losing elasticity in the blood vessels and bronchial tubes. Also, Mormon tea and Chinese ephedra produces vertigo, nervousness, and insomnia with prolonged use. It should not be used if one suffers from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or thyroid problems.

Ephedrine is used extensively in cases of asthma to produce bronchial dilation. Epenepherine and Empirin with codeine contain ephedrine as the principle activant.

Guarana - A sacrament for fasting

• Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberry family).

• Botanical Name: Paullinia cupana.

• Synonyms: Panela supana, Brazilian cocoa, and uabano.

• Geographical Location: South America, particularly north and west Brazil and Venezuela.

• Habitat: Tropical jungles.

• Botanical Description: A climbing shrub with divided compound leaves. The flowers are yellow in an open cluster. The three-celled capsuled fruit contains seeds resembling small horse chestnuts. The fresh seeds are flesh-colored and are easily separated from the fruit after drying. These seeds are washed and roasted for six hours before use.

History

Many weight problems in the United States stem from diet and eating habits and patterns. An example is the tradition of having three daily meals.

An ancient Chinese legend says that once God requested the Ox-god to tell man he needed to eat only once every third day. The Ox-god was forgetful and accidentally told man he needed to eat three times each day—hence our myth of three meals per day.

This was nine times more food than man needed to eat, and there was no way that quantity of food could be produced. As punishment, God made the Ox-god a beast of burden, to serve man and help produce the huge quantity of food. The ox is considered sacred in most Eastern countries today.

Diet and food consciousness have become so important today that dieting has an air of the ceremonial about it.

Guarana was first used by the Quaramis, a tribe of South American Indians, for bowel complaints. It was also used by Brazilian miners as a preventative for many diseases. Mainly, though, guarana is one of the main ingredients in a favorite diet beverage in Brazil.

Chemistry

Guarana falls into the methylated purine group containing 5% caffeine, three times as much as is found in normal coffee. Guarana is considered the strongest naturally occurring methylxanthine. It has the same chemical composition as caffeine, theine, and cocaine, and the same physiological action. Other methylated purines are:

• 1. Coffee. From Coffea arabica, an Arabian bush; beans contain 1% to 2% caffeine.

• 2. Tea. From Camelia sinensis, an Asian bush; leaves contain 2% to 4% caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline.

• 3. Cacao. From Theobroma cacao, Aztec chocolate; beans contain about 2% theobromine and traces of caffeine and theophylline.

• 4. Mate. From Ilex paraguariensis, a South American bush; leaves contain 2 1/2% caffeine.

• 5. Kola. From Co/a nitida, an African nut; contains 3% caffeine.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine

Primary Effects

Stimulant. Quickens perceptions, causes wakefulness, slows the pulse, suppresses the appetite, and is useful during long drives or long work periods.

Preparation

Powder guarana seed with a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder. Prepare like coffee, using the grounds several times. Two nuts are recommended per cup. The powder can also be put in capsules and ingested.

Ritual Use

Guarana seed was usually gathered in October, ground, and then mixed with cassava flour, made into a paste with water, and dried in the sun. The paste was often shaped into sticks dried over fires. As an energy source or stimulant, there is nothing better. It also works as an appetite suppressant.

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    How much mormon tea is needed for 1 cup of tea?
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