Yerba mate, the natural stimulant
Mate is as tea-like beverage consumed mainly in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil. It is brewed from the dried leaves of the perennial tree Yerba Mate.
Mate has a characteristic mature flavor which is strongly herbal and grassy. Mate is a natural stimulant of the mind and body and a natural source of nutrition. Mate is very helpful if you are trying to cut down on coffee or alcohol.
Mate is said to:
- Energize The Body
- Stimulate Mental Alertness
- Aid Weight Loss
- Cleanse The Colon
- Accelerate Healing Process
- Relieve Stress
- Calm Allergies
- Fortify Immune System
- Increase Longevity
- Renew the liver
Mate becomes bitter if steeped in water at boiling point and is traditionally made using boiling water combined with a little cold water. Unlike most teas, it does not become bitter and astringent when steeped for extended periods, and the leaves may be infused several times.
Use 2 teaspoons of mate to one cup of water.
Splash with cold water to help preserve nutrients. Steep in hot but not boiling water for 3-4 minutes.
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