Yerba Mate Leaf
Yerba Mate is a popular beverage in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Some people add burnt sugar, lemon juice or milk to the drink. Aside from it’s use as a popular drink there are also therapeutic claims made concerning its use in herbal preparations.
Yerba Mate herbal preparations come from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree which belongs to the holly family. It is mainly used as a tea and tincture or liquid extract. 25% Alcohol is all that is needed in making the tincture.
People take this herb for depression and mental and physical fatigue. It has been used for diabetes, fluid retention, heart disease and high blood pressure. They also have used it to help with joint pain, nervous disorders, pain, and for stomach disorders. In large doses this herb has been used to induce vomiting or curb the appetite.
Yerba Mate contains Carotene, Vitamins A, B, Riboflavin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Caffeine, Tannin, Ash, and Insoluble Matter.
Tonic: This herb restores, nourishes, and supports the entire body; it exerts a gently strengthening effect on the body
Diuretic: This herb increases the secretion and flow of urine
Diaphoretic: This herb causes perspiration and increases elimination through the skin
Stimulant: This herb increases internal heat, dispels internal chill and strengthens metabolism and circulation