Navajo Tea
Navajo Tea
Navajo Tea
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Navajo Tea

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Thelasperma filifolium

About 12 species of this genus are found in western US and the deserts of southern South America. Important natives, ecologically and medicinally.

A low-growing, big-flowering, eye-catching native species suitable for pathway borders. Also known as Hopi tea or Greenthread, Navajo Tea is an important medicinal plant in the southwestern (US) area of Turtle Island.

An Herbaceous Perennial, with Yellow flowers from May to September.

The entire plant, filiform leaves and yellow petals, can be used as a yellow dye source and an herbal tea that alleviates aches and pain. Luteolin, one of the flavonoids found in Navajo Tea, is notable for its anti-inflammatory effects.

Called Greenthread (Thelesperma), it is used to make Navajo "tea."

Unlike the evergreen Camelia sinensis used in caffeinated black and green teas, Greenthread is brewed from at least one species of Thelesperma. A member of the Aster family that's native to desert regions of the American West and Southwest, it sprouts up in abundance during the spring; its flowers appear at the end of its stalks in mid- to late summer, signalling that it's ready to be harvested.

Navajo talk of a deep sense of kinship with all things in nature, called K'é. Honouring that, Greenthread is picked by snapping it off low-down on its stem, taking care not to pull out its roots. That way, it will be replenished. 

After rinsing and a day or two of drying, the plants are folded into tidy bundles and strung into garlands. "Tea" is made by snipping off a bundle and boiling it in water for several minutes with sugar or honey. At this point, it takes on a ruddy hue and the earthy, mild flavour of fresh grass.

Approximately 20 Seeds per/pkg.