Yerba Mate has been used as a beverage since the time of the ancient Indians of Brazil and Paraguay and is considered a national drink in several South American countries. In Europe it is used for physical and mental fatigue, nervous depression, rheumatic pains andand fatigue related headaches. It has become popular as a weight-loss aid and appetite . It is an invigorating metabolism booster and helps to prevent over stimulation of the nervous system. Yerba Mate is rich in minerals, vitamins and that are thought to boost immunity and protect against colds and flu.
Traditionally loose Yerba Mate is drank from calabasa (made of squash like plant) or different drinking gourd / mate and sipped through bombilla (special straw / pipe).
It is important to remember that for the best results Yerba Mate should be brewed in 70°C (158°F), not boiling water.
If you are using calabasa, follow the instructions on the loose tea package how to brew it. Calabasa or drinking ground can be refilled with water until there is no more flavour in the leaves.
Mate is available as a loose tea to be drank through bombilla or in tea bags, what make the whole process much easier for me, as I did not learn yet how to use calabasa and bombilla :) Yerba Mate can be sold roasted or as a green mate tea, also with additions of red bush, ginger and other herbs. Personally roasted mate taste much better, less bitter to me. I like it with half a teaspoon of honey.