Ephedra and Poisoning
I'm lucky enough to have ephedra (of unknown species) growing wild in profusion on my property. I have yet to find any good information on harvesting these stems. I came across one website that advised not to use the nodes (where the micro-leaves are located up and down the stems) on the green stems (the part that is ostensibly harvested) as they are toxic. But this doesn't seem right as the green stems have very short internodes. Can anybody advise on the safety aspects of harvesting Mormon tea?