Yerba Mate Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Ilex paraguariensis


South America

Parts Used


Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Yerba Mate is a refreshing herb used to make herbal tea. It is known to be nutritionally rich including: 24 Vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, Rich in anti-oxidants, Caffeinated yet nutritionally balanced.

Boosts Immune System
Boosts energy levels
Reduces tiredness
Aids weight control
Naturally anti-bacterial
Reduces Cholesterol

Yerba Mate is known to boost the aerobic breakdown of carbohydrates during exercise sessions. This supports the burning of calories and delays the build-up of lactic acid.
It is also known to support weight loss by messaging the brain that the body is full.

Good for Allergies:
Shown to open respiratory pathways, and improve breathing capacity, so can be helpful in the case of allergies, including hay fever. The stimulating effect of yerba Mate encourages the body to produce corticosteroids, which can suppress inflammation and immune response to allergies.

Typical Use

Yerba Mate powder can be made into a tea, by infusing in boiling water for 10 mins.
Suggested Dosage 2g per cup.
Can also be taken with water, fruit juice or smoothie.
This powder is caffeinated so is it is recommended to not exceed 3 cups per day.

Folklore and History

Yerba Mate is a widely drank tea from South America. It is stimulating but also relaxing and it is very much a social occasion to drink the tea together. Traditionally it is drank from a gourd, and passed around and shared this way. It is also known to be nutritionally rich and have many health benefits.

Yerba Mate has a long history of use traditionally in South America as an anti-bacterial agent, treatment for gastrointestinal disorders, and for reducing the build-up of cholesterol. This nutrient rich South American leaf also has natural anti-biotic properties, with the presence of phyto-chemicals Saponins.

Yerba Mate

Contains stimulating phyto-chemicals; xanthine alkaloids, caffeine, theophylline and theobromine ( the feel good factor in chocolate)