Herb: Navajo Tea
Latin name: Thelesperma megapotanicum
Medicinal use of Navajo Tea:The plant has been used in the treatment of children with tuberculosis. An infusion of the leaves and stems has been used as a "nervous stimulant". An infusion of the leaves and stems has been used as a treatment for the teeth.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sandy or rocky prairies and roadsides in Texas. Dry sandy soils in south-western S. Dakota.
Edible parts of Navajo Tea:Flower buds. No more details are given. A tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering stems. When well made it is delicious, with just a hint of mint in its aftertaste.
Other uses of the herb:A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers. Reddish-brown according to another report. A brown dye is obtained from the leaves and stems. An orange-yellow dye can be obtained from the boiled roots.
Propagation of Navajo Tea:Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. In dry weather the seed should be watered in. Division might be possible.
Cultivation of the herb:Sandy or rocky prairies and roadsides in Texas. Dry sandy soils in south-western S. Dakota.
Known hazards of Thelesperma megapotanicum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.