Yerba Mate Leaf Tea
Also called Matte/Maté
Mild stimulant, relaxant, tonic, laxative
Mental and physical tiredness, CFS, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, improving mood, depression, diabetes; high cholesterol, osteoporosis, headaches and joint pain, urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney stones; weight loss, laxative, over eating
Avoid if pregnant, breast-feeding, are under 14 years of age or have one of a range of medical conditions (see below).
Yerba mate is made from the dried leaves of the yerba mate tree that can grow up to 15m tall and is native to S. America. In S. America the native population has consumed it for medicinal purposes, for hundreds of years.
Yerba mate tea has been taken for a range of conditions including: to relieve mental and physical tiredness (fatigue); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); heart-related complaints including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure; to improve mood and depression; for diabetes; high cholesterol; weak bones (osteoporosis); to relieve headache and joint pains; to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), and bladder and kidney stones; for weight loss; as a laxative and to help induce a restful sleep. Yerba mate promotes a balanced immune system & helps to curb appetite.
Yerba mate is a stimulant with a twist: It produces natural energy, stimulating the body, yet it contains a substance that relaxes the body so that it does not interfere with sleep. It gives you a small caffeine hit whilst also relaxing your muscles. It is recommended that you drink only one cup per day. Combine it with other stimulating teas, like green tea, for maximum effect!
Do not take if pregnant, breast-feeding, you have a heart conditions, diabetes, diarrhoea, I.B.S., glaucoma, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. It should also be avoided if you are an alcoholic, smoke, are sensitive to caffeine or are a child under 14.