Ilex paraguariensis

Yerba mate is the dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly, and is the national beverage of Paraguay. The term mate is a Guarani Indian word for gourd, referring to the hollowed out gourds once used to hole the tea.

yerba mateIn traditional use of yerba mate, the tea cup is often shared among close friends and family, all of whom use the same straw, or bombilla. Sharing the same straw is considered a sign of total acceptance and friendship.

Weight Loss: There is insufficient evidence to make weight loss claims for Yerba Mate’; however, studies have shown that when combined with other supplements, such as Guarana, it is effective. (Source: Comprehensive Natural Medicines Database)

Yerba mate as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

Yerba Mate is one of the worlds most effective and healing beverages with over 196 active compounds which shadows the active compounds found in Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) which has about 144.

Yerba mate assists weight loss by increasing the transit time of food through the digestive tract, helping users feel fuller, longer. The British Herbal Compendium also recommends Yerba mate for treating fatigue and headache.

The peoples of South America have used Yerba Mate to ensure health, vitality, and longevity, and used to treat illness, disease, fight fatigue, and detoxify the body. Yerba Mate` contains antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals. It does not cause jitters or nervousness as coffee does, rather, it balances the body, calming a nervous one or rejuvenating a tired one. It is also used to stimulate other healing herbs.

Shade grown Yerba mate is a bold dark green and has a nice heavy taste. Sun grown Yerba mate is pale is color (a little like dried hay) and has a relatively flat taste.


Yerba Mate contains natural caffeine. Don’t use if allergic to caffeine or zanthines.

Yerba Mate has a more recent history of use as an aphrodisiac and a mild hallucinogen.

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