What is Yerba Mate aka “Tea of the gods” ?
Some of you may already know this plant well, especially avid Yerba lovers who preorder our certified organic Yerba mate by the kilo!
Yerba mate is a tea that has been known to offer “the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate“. An amazing all-rounder magical tea from South America packed with vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and amino acids, it contains less caffeine than coffee so doesn’t cause the jittery highs, but as a gentle stimulant in the fulfilment as an immuno stimulant and digestion tonic.
Packed with the usual antioxidants, it’s also been known to help with weight loss and depression or fatigue. However any therapeutic claims or effects of teas are only complementary to an already healthy lifestyle. Brews beautifully like any other tea in a teapot, or now I’ve also managed to source and stock a few traditional calabash Gourds and Bombillo, for brewing them like they do in Argentina and Brazil (limited stocks). For some, Yerba mate is loved and enjoyed with a passion by itself, brewed and drunk straight. For others, it may be an acquired taste, hence I’ve blended it for its mighty goodness in the creation of our Mental Focus Blend.
I’ve used Yerba Mate in my Houseblend 2 Mental Focus Blend, along with a touch of Lemon Myrtle and Sage, for added synergistic effect of calm alertness. Mental Focus Blend is excellent for times when you need to focus, to hold it together and expend all your energies into getting the deadline met, projects accomplished and exams pushed through.
Traditionally in native South America Yerba Mate is drunk through brewing it in a gourd, then mixed properly and carefully and drunk through a native straw called a bombilla. It’s benefits have been expounded and handed down since ancient times. Now in modern days, it’s widely enjoyed in the United States and many countries in the Middle East. Known as a tonic with a list of health and therapeutic properties, they drink them in South America by the gallons, just like the English drink their Old English Breakfast tea.
Drinking Yerba Mate just by itself in its pure tea form may be an acquired taste for some, but in a synergistic blend, its flavours and therapeutic properties are further tripled and quadrupled in effects.
So if you haven’t explored this tea either by itself, or in a delicious blend, now is the time to introduce it to your tastebuds and enjoy its exhilarating effects. Check it out when you’re next in store, or Online, under Herbal Tisanes and Houseblends (Mental Focus) sections.