The Yerba Mate
plant is a shrub or small tree with evergreen leaves. The Yerba Mate
flowers are small, greenish-white, with four petals. The leaves of the Mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants.
The popular infusion called "mate" is prepared by steeping dry leaves (and twigs) of Yerba Mate
in hot water, rather than in boiling water like black tea. This drink is traditionally referred to as the "drink of the gods" and is consumed daily by some for optimum health, sustained energy and mental clarity
. Drinking mate with friends from a shared hollow gourd with a metal straw is a common social practice in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern Chile, eastern Bolivia and southern and western Brazil, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
The flavor of brewed Yerba Mate
is described as strongly vegetal, herbal, and grassy, similar to some varieties of green tea. One can also flavor mate by blending the Yerba with an herb (such as Peppermint) or citrus rind.
*This is a Starwest Botanicals USDA Organic Product
As with any herb or supplement, a physician should be consulted prior to use.
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