Yerba Maté: Energizing, uplifting and full of goodness
Yerba maté, a hot beverage brewed from the leaves and stemlets of the Ilex paraguarensis tree, is packed full of energizing goodness. Described as having the strength of coffee, health benefits of tea, and mood stimulation of chocolate, this traditional brew quickly is making a name for itself in mainstream society.
Customarily used by the Guarani tribes of South America, yerba maté has been a way of promoting general health and wellbeing. Its combination of minerals, vitamins and compounds cause it to act as a natural stimulant, relieving both mental and physical tiredness. Here in Europe, yerba maté has almost become synonymous with tea or coffee, being a regular and popular hot beverage.
Yerba maté is full of vitamins and compounds - including caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine - that have various effects throughout the body.
The main effect of yerba maté is to act as a stimulant, much in the way tea or coffee does. However, it is also known to improve mood, control appetite, relieve some headaches and improve joint pain. It is able to stimulate the central nervous system and is packed full of antioxidants.
In large amounts, yerba maté can act as a laxative, so don’t overdo it!
USING YERBA MATE
Yerba Maté can be used as a regular tea. Simply place a heaped spoonful per cup in a strainer and allow it to steep in hot (but not boiling) water for 3-4 minutes.
Yerba Maté can also be used in a French coffee press in the way outlined above.
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