- 1/4 CupWater
- 2 Quarts Cooled Ephedra-Water (see below) Steeped 1 Quart 30 Bruised Needles (Strain)
- Maple Syrup 1/4 Cup
- Cooked Rice 4 Cups Pureed
- Tablespoons Lime Juice Mix, Soak One Hour
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 4 Tamarind Pods
Note: Tamarind trees are tall legumes that produce a seed pod with edible, pulpy flesh. This edible pod is used primarily as a flavoring for beverages. Tamarinds have now spread throughout the Tropics, including the tropical Americas, though they are native to tropical Africa and the Indian subcontinent. The trees are also grown in the tropics as ornamentals.
Mix all ingredients.
Strain into 4 quart vessel.
Chill until cold.
30 bruised needles steeped in hot water in a mason jar for one hour, then strained and cooled.
You have to squeeze out the last bit of rice to make the water nice and milky.
Note: Ephedra is a primitive shrub which has long, jointed, cylinder-like stems. Its leaves are scalelike and it has male cones. Known as Ma Huang in China, this herb has a history of over four thousand years as a treatment for asthma and respiratory infections. It contains two alkaloids, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine which are used in many cold and allergy medicines. American ephedra is known as Morman Tea, Squaw Tea, and Desert Tea, and shares the same properties, though, to a lesser degree. Side effects include increased blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. FDA suggest that those with heart (disease or high blood pressure), thyroid, diabetes or prostrate problems may be affected adversely. It should definitely NOT be taken with antihypertensive or antidepressant drugs.
Note: The traditional making chant is made:
Eh wat etowah Mide mi mideah man' a ba
When my grandfather turned 80, he started wasting away. I got him to drink one quart of this at breakfast and lunch. He gained weight and lived fifteen more years!
Pregnant women and people with heart conditions should not drink thundermilk! labor pains!