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Yerba Mate Tree "Drink of the Gods"
|Common name:||Yerba Mate|
|Botanical name:||Ilex paraguariensis|
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|Damage temp:||32 F|
Yerba Mate tree, Ilex paraguariensis in a 3 gallon container. A tea like drink is made from the leaves as well as the tender stems of this elusive tree, the drink made from this plant is often referred to by the Amazonians as the "Drink of the Gods". The leaves of the yerba mate tree contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants and naturally occurring caffeine. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa, and guarana, yerba mate is the healthiest, delivering both energy and nutrition. Yerba Mate is native to the subtropical rainforests of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. Even though yerba mate has caffeine, most caffeine-sensitive individuals do not experience the harsh side effects (jitters, stomach upset, headaches, addiction) that are common complaints with coffee, black tea, or Asian green tea. Many people in the Amazon refer to Yerba Mate as their "liquid vegetable" and rely on its vast array of nutrients to give them the energy they need thought the day. We currently have limited quantities of this plant available