As I sit here enjoying an afternoon cup of Yerba Mate, I thought I might share with you some of it's benefits.
For those of you aren't familiar with Yerba Mate, it's a South American species of Holly which has been consumed for hundreds of years in the form of tea. Yerba Mate promotes a sense of well-being and naturally increases energy levels. It is best brewed cold, but hot water can also be added for a comforting warm drink.
Yerba Mate promotes weight loss and is an appetite suppressant. It can be used to treat depression and anxiety. Mate contains antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It lowers blood pressure and contains vitamin C, vitamins B1 and B2.
The tea is traditionally brewed in a gourd, as pictured here, and sipped through a type of straw called a bombilla. The mental and physical health benefits of consuming Yerba Mate are many. Try it for yourself and feel the difference!