Do You Know Yerba Maté?

As teas from throughout the globe grow in popularity in the USA, we have ever more brands and varieties of tea to contend with, each having their respective properties. Now I want to introduce you to some”new” type of tea named Yerba Mate. Famed for it’s”clean buzz” – caffeine that is not accompanied by shaking or the crash commonly associated with coffee or traditional teas.

Yerba Maté as a herbal beverage, it’s prepared by steeping the leaves and twigs in warm water (not boiling). The produced drink is known as”partner.”


Comparable to green tea in a lot of ways, the taste of brewed mate is slightly vegetal and grassy. Back in Brazil and Argentina a toasted version can be simplified, called”mate tea,” and is served sweetened either hot or cold with fruit juice or milk. Roasted Yerba Mate has less of a bitter taste and is hotter.

Chemical Properties and Health Benefits:

Yerba comprises on average a lesser quantity of caffeine compared to coffee or tea, with only 0.7-1.7% of its dry weight (compared to around 3.2percent for dried ground coffee). Studies have discovered that Yerba mate relaxes smooth muscle tissue while stimulating heart muscles when compared with the caffeine content of coffee and tea that are inclined to impact the central nervous system much more conspicuous than muscle tissues.

Concerning health benefits, research has primarily demonstrated both anti-obesity and cholesterol-lowering properties. Additionally, it’s been proven to have the highest antioxidant potential of species of ilex.

Although yerba has also been demonstrated on in many studies to possess anti-carcinogenic properties and cancer-fighting abilities, other studies have correlated yerba mate ingestion with an elevated incidence of various kinds of cancer. The jury is still out, and nothing conclusive was shown either way.

The Culture of the Yerba Mate:

During South America societies, yerba mate is consumed in several servings during the day, frequently communally. During cold weather, mate is served warm, while in hot seasons it is mixed with lemonade. Due to its bitter taste, mate is often sweetened with lemonade or milk and honey when drunk by younger kids.

Throughout a mate meeting, the sponsor or those attracted the mate prepare the drink and refills the tropical gourd from which everybody drinks. The gourd is passed around the group, every person drinking before it is vacant, and returned to the host to add more hot water. A metal straw with a filter on one end prevents the batter from obtaining a mouthful of leaves.

Paraguayans have a particularly toxic habit of mixing mate together with the crushed leaves, stems and flowers of the plant”Agosto poty” during the weeks of August, which contain alkaloids – though we don’t suggest you attempt to copy this as it’s proven to result in a rare liver disease called veno-occlusive disorder, or liver failure.