Part used: Leaf
Energetics: Astringent, bitter
Actions: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, stimulant
Indications: Urinary Tract Infections, kidney and bladder stones, depression, headaches, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, osteoporosis
Known as the ‘tea of the gods’ in south America, yerba mate is said to possess more antioxidant benefits than green tea. The naturally caffeinated herb does not only enhance energy and focus effectively, but is also packed with polyphenols, which help strengthen the immune system. It contains a large number of vitamins, including B vitamins, vitamin A, C and E, as well as an impressive array of minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and many others.
These properties are what make yerba mate great for maintaining healthy skin, hair and muscles, promoting good eye health and cell growth, improving heart health and protecting against disease. Additionally, this herb has been demonstrated to improve digestion and encourage weight loss, and can be used as a natural appetite suppressant. [1,2,3]