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Yerba mate was has been used as a beverage since the time of the ancient Indians of Brazil and Paraguay. In addition to its standing as a popular beverage, yerba mate is used as a tonic, diuretic, and as a stimulant to reduce fatigue, suppress appetite, and aid gastric function in herbal medicine systems throughout South America.* For more information yerba mate(Ilex paraguayensis), please refer to the Database File for Yerba Mate in the Tropical Plant Database. To see photographs of yerba mate, click here.
Traditional Uses:* as a stimulant (for its caffeine content); as an overall tonic (tones, balances, strengthens the body) and digestive aid; for obesity and as part of weight loss regimens; as a general nervine (balances/calms nerves) for nerve pain, nervous fatigue, and depression; for allergies and sinusitisSuggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup amounts, 2-3 times daily. It is also suitable to stuff into capsules. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.