Tea Time: Yerba Mate

I am a huge tea drinker, I have one cupboard in my kitchen dedicated solely to tea.  I drink everything from green tea to chamomile, rose hip to peppermint, fennel to dandelion, hawthorn to chai to name just a few.  Tea is such a big part of my everyday life and the benefits of teas are endless.

Teas are hot or cold drinks that can do much more than quench your thirst.  I believe teas are an excellent way to get the healing power of herbs into your diet everyday.  Mother Natures prescription! The trick is to try not to add sugar or milk to the tea, drink it black to get the greatest benefits. 

Yerba Mate (YERB-ah mah-TAY)

This tea hails from South America, the shrub can be found in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, it is considered the national drink of Argentina.  The name Yerba means “excellence” and Mate refers to the “matti gourd” which was traditionally used to hold the tea.


Enhances brain function – used as a physical and mental energy tonic, it also improves memory and concentration.  It also has the ability to increase mental alertness and does it without any side effects such as nervousness or jitters.

Stress reliever – rich in Pantothenic acid (B5), also known as the stress vitamin stimulates the adrenal glands, which regulate the production of hormones adrenaline and cortisone.

Boosts immune system – because it’s rich in antioxidants and vitamin C it’s a great tonic for boosting your immune system.

Aids digestion – is known to stimulate increased bile flow which aids digestion.

Aids weight loss – it is known to increase the rate at which fat is burned.  Yerba Mate is an appetite suppressant, it’s drinkers usually feel fuller for longer.

Yerba Mate is rich in the following nutrients:

Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex

Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus

Additional Compounds: Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, and 15 Amino Acids.

Try Yerba Mate the native way, sauté brown sugar with lemon juice, brown it in a pan and add it to your yerba mate.