Teec Nos Pos Trading Post
The plant commonly called greenthread, has been used as an herbal medicine by
Navajos and other Native Americans for many hundreds of years. It is
used to make a beverage tea, called Navajo Tea, Hopi Tea, or Indian tea, to reflect its use by
The herb grows over much of the plains and mountain states, reaching up to
Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Still, its main use is in the Southwest, and the plant grows
abundantly on the Navajo Nation. The extended range of habitat is made possible by the fact that
several species exist, some only at high altitude, others growing in the plains, and
virtually all of them can be used to make greenthread tea.
When the Navajo gather herb plants, such as greenthread, tradition has taught them to practice
respect for Mother earth by offering a prayer of gratitude and to never take more than can be used. That is, leave
some behind to be the foundation for the next season of growth. It is a sipitual journey.
Greenthread is closely related to another herb, bidens, in the same plant family. Bidens is widely used in Chinese
medicine, as an anti-inflammatory and to inhibit stomach irratioin induced by stress or by elevated levels acid in
the stomach. There is little if any scientific proff for these claims. Active ingredients in greenthread
(Navajo Tea) include; Luteolin, Luteolin-7-0 Glucoside, and Marein (Ateya).
Fortunately, the good taste of Navajo Tea is adequate reason for it's coinsumation. most
frequently, Navajo Tea is prepared as a hot beverage. However, it is a very pleasant drink when
presented as an iced tea. The taste is similar to that of standard green tea, with a slight aromatic taste, and a
hint oif nut flavor. Frequently, a sweetner of sugar or honey is used.
The Navajo Tea, sold at
Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, is
available in as either a bunch of stems or a bag of leaves, small stems, and dried flower blossoms. Prices
are 1 US$ for the bunch of stems and US$ 6 for the bag of leaves, stems, and blossoms.
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P.O. Box 940
Intersection Highways 160 & 64
Teec Nos Pos, Arizona 86514