Mate plant, or Yerba mate Though the plant is called yerba in Spanish ("herb" in English), it is a tree and not a herbaceous plant. It is native to subtropical South America in northeastern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. It was first used and cultivated by the Guaraní people, and also in some Tupí communities in southern Brazil, prior to the European colonization. It was scientifically classified by the Swiss botanist Moses Bertoni, who settled in Paraguay in 1895.
The mate plant, Ilex paraguariensis, is a shrub when young and a tree when adult, growing up to 15 meters tall. The leaves are evergreen, 7–11 cm long and 3–5.5 cm wide, with a serrated margin. The flowers are small, greenish-white, with four petals. The fruit is a red drupe 4–6 mm in diameter. The leaves are often called yerba (Spanish) or erva (Portuguese), both of which mean "herb". They contain caffeine and related compounds and are harvested commercially.
Benefits of Yerba Mate: (1)Yerba Mate has a long list of health benefits. Some of these include appetite control, stress relief, and its ability to combat arteriosclerosis, or blockages of the arteries. (2)Anti-fatigue, immunity protection, weight loss and allergies are some other areas where Yerba Mate is very beneficial. It is also used as a brain stimulant and to cleanse the colon.
Our Yerba Mate powder has a variety of applications including: