Brigham Tea-A Wonder Herb

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Brigham Tea


  • Alternate Names: Mormon Tea, Ma Huang, Green Ephedra, Long Leaf Ephedra, Mountain Joint Fir, Brigham Tea, Whorehouse Tea, Tutupivi, Tuttumpin, Desert Tea, Green Mormon tea and Popotillo
  • Latin Name:

Ephedra viridis, ephedra nevadensis, other genus varieties

  • General Information:

Provides energy, works as a decongestant, and prevents kidney, bladder and urinary tract infection as a diuretic. The stems are blood purifier. Used for anemia, rheumatism, and stomach ulcers This is very different than the Ephedra of ill-repute. Since the ephedrine is paired with a high Vitamin C content it won’t cause a “high” as the stand alone Amphetemine would. It will effectively reduce the symptoms of pollen allergies. It is also effective in minimizing the symptoms of asthma. Ephedra does not cure asthma but in many cases it is very effective in treating the symptoms and thus making life somewhat easier for the sufferer. Continue reading

The Cathar & Albigensian Crusade, The Death of the Langue d’Oc

When the Roman Catholic Church was threatened with the usurpation of it’s influence in matters of knowledge and learning, it began the first crusade against local Europeans.

Golden cereal grain, and red grapes flourished in the fields of the Langue d’Oc. A vibrant area in and around Toulouse, France that paralleled the Spanish-French border, with the Pyrenees Mountains dividing them. With open azure skies and a great deal of sunshine year round, it should have been lovely that year. Instead it’s ancient abbeys villages and castles built into the hillsides of massive mountains like the Montsegur, saw an accumulation of crusaders sent by Pope Innocent III to destroy this vast center of learning. Continue reading

Brythnoth of Essex, Man of Valor, An Example Of Bravery Against The Vikings

Fight or Flight, every man faces it in his lifetime. In that choice we define the rest of our lives. For Brythnoth that moment was 993 AD, against the Vikings.

The Long Serpent made it’s appearance over the horizon despite the prayers of the British, on the Essex Coast, “Save us, O Lord, from the fury of the Northmen!” A prospering country, divided into tiny kingdoms that were undermanned and under defended, stood a ready prey for the Vikings of the 10th Century. Continue reading

Arthur’s Round Table, Gwenivere’s Dowry of Legend

 Where was the Round Table, where Arthur’s Knights met as equals?

As a symbol of equality, the Round Table was reputed to have no head, and no foot; therefore no Knight was lifted one above another.

Considering the time of Arthur, this table would have flouted conventional medieval rules of hierarchy. Traditionally we would see at any table, be it dinner or meeting, the most important and honored guest, usually the King or Lord of the Castle, seated up front, and then according to rank, all members and guests are seated accordingly down the row. Those of highest rank were near the front, and those of the lowest would be seated at the back. The Round Table of Arthurian legend has been portrayed in movies as a meeting place for Arthur and his Knights, in plays as sturdy wooden platforms, and even displayed as a wall hanging in Winchester Castle. The legend further states that the Table was a gift from Gwenevere’s father upon her marriage. A sort of dowry. Ordinarily, a dowry would consist of wealth or land, not a piece of furniture. There are two places that claim to have the round table, Winchester Castle and Edinburgh.

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King Arthur of Britain or Scots? Who was the leader behind the Arthurian legend?

References to King Arthur abound in the British Isles, but some claims may have a stronger case than others.

There are as many theories about who King Arthur was, as there are historians. Some of those theories hold real promise, while others seem to be about legends and possibly tourist dollars.

Welsh tradition lays claim to Arthur as their fellow countryman. Scotland also claims Arthur as their own, and the Round Table as an acutal place near Bannockburn. Where the truth lies is perhaps only to be found within the hearts and minds of those who still seek after this fabled King. Continue reading

“The Truth Against the World” A Song of Freedom for the Druids

Rome destroyed much of what we might have known of the Druids. What they can’t change is the actions of good men and women, who give us an insight into their lives.

Druidic Culture for most of us conjures up Rome’s spin of Stonehenge, and even mystically cloaked creatures flitting through foggy woods. With so little of who they were after Rome had rewritten their history, an easier avenue might be to discuss the lives of Druidic followers. Those who fought under it’s banners in the years of the Roman conquest of Britain. As is so often the case, the best evidence of their beliefs can often be discovered in the conduct of their personal lives.

Beginning with a figure who looms large in British history, Boadicea, Boudicca, or Boudica, fought under the banner “The Truth Against the World.” Continue reading