Friday Tea-time . . . the zen destressing art and our teas | Yerba Mate

It’s Friday again – it’s tea time and time to take time out for our tea-way ritual. This week the focus is on Yerba Mate, a herbal tea that de-stresses us due to its Spiritual qualities and heritage: amazing for your tea-time contemplation on the awesome-ness of nature.

 

Yerba Mate: This South American tea is used to celebrate community and foster connections. Yerba Mate contains high amounts of caffeine, making it a natural alternative to coffee. It is popular among the South American indigenous societies of Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina. The dried leaves are steeped in hot water and traditionally consumed in a gourd using a metal straw.

Yerba Mate has a strong flavor profile, which does make it an acquired taste: with  hints of bitterness that are enveloped by a rich, earthy flavor. Depending on the production, Yerba Mate can taste slightly sweet to overwhelmingly bitter.

 

The Caffeine Question

Caffeine Content: While both Yerba Mate and Green Tea contain caffeine, Yerba Mate definitely has more of this energy-boosting compound. One cup of Green Tea contains 25mg of caffeine while Mate has 80mg. Because of its higher caffeine content, Mate would seem to be a better source of energy than Green Tea.
Health Benefits
A tea rich in Antioxidants and Nutrients:
  • Can Boost Energy and Improve Mental Focus. …
  • May Enhance Physical Performance. …
  • May Protect Against Infections. …
  • May Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat. …
  • May Boost Your Immune System. …
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels. …
  • May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease.

 

As usual, I encourage you to inform yourself and if you’re instinctively drawn to a tea like Yerba Mate for your mind-body-spirit then gen up as much as you can with self-education. Learn more about our Zen Tea-way in my blog.

Enjoy! suzen

With Gratitude to Cup and Leaf: we’ve partnered up with these lovely people – and when you buy your teas from them, we get a little bit of commission which helps to support the zen.vegan.thrive Newspaper every week! Check out their own amazing Tea Bundles in their shop.

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Published by suZenYoga

Writer, Yoga and Meditation teacher

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