Yerba Mate part I

Yerba Mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is made from the leaves of the Holly Tree found in the South American rainforest. Just like mint, chamomileyerba mate plant and rooibos, yerba mate does not derive from the Camellia Sinensis plant so it is not called a tea, rather it is a tisane. Unlike other tisanes found in the shop, yerba mate is naturally caffeinated carrying as much caffeine as coffee does without its common jitters or the acidic taste.

Chemical Components

The plant contains numerous vitamins and minerals including, Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin, B5, B Complex, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, 15 Amino Acids among many others. The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 were interested in the plants health benefits and did a complete study. The investigators concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”

Close Cousins

Another caffeinated tisane that derives from another Holly Tree is called guayusa (gwhy-you-suh). Like its yerba mate cousin, this tisane contains many health benefits. Guayusa contains, vitamins C and D, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and all 15 essential amino acids. Full of antioxidants, guayusa has even more than antioxidant rich green tea. Commonly found in energy drinks, guayusa is a great source for a caffeine fix. Yaupon is a holly plant that was steeped in hot water and enjoyed by the Native Americans.

These tisanes are grown in similar conditions. They are cultivated under the shade of taller trees to protect their leaves from direct sunlight, meaning more trees in the rainforest. Legends and ceremonies surround these unique tisanes, which will be explored in Yerba Mate Part II.

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5 Functional Herbs You Should Know

The new year brings new resolutions and many are looking to make changes and become healthier in their daily lives. One way to stay healthy this year is through drinking tea. At Short and Stout, we believe that drinking your favorite tea is the best way to stay healthy. While your favorite tea provides numerous benefits, at the shop there is a collection of ‘functional teas’ that can boost your health as well. This list focuses on five of the herbs used in these herbal teas or tisanes that are well known to provide an extra boost to your daily health routine.

  1. Valerian Root- Valerian root has a long history as an herbal remedy and was often used by ancient Greeks and Chinese. Today, it is most well-known for its use as a sleep aid and studies have shown that valerian root works to provide relief for sleep disorders. Among other uses valerian root has been used in relationship to anxiety, muscle and joint pain, and migraines to name a few.
  2. Tulsi- Tulsi, also known as holy basil is a member of the mint family packed with health benefits. Tulsi is traditionally used in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition and today is most well-known for its stress relieving qualities. Studies have shown that tulsi may be helpful to reduce blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetics and improve breathing in those with asthma.
  3. Organic Honeybush- Organic honeybush is a cousin of the rooibos plant. Naturally decaffeinated and sweet in taste this plant has many health benefits both long term and short term. Some of the many health benefits include improving the immune system and inflammatory relief.
  4. Elderflowers- Elderflowers are traditionally used in German medicine and have been used for a long time. High in vitamin C, elderflowers can be used to aid in the prevention of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Additionally, studies have shown elderflowers can be effective in fighting the flu.d
  5. Chamomile- Chamomile is a powerful flower that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Chamomile is often used in small quantities to relax and in large quantities to assist in sleep but also provides other health benefits. Studies have shown that chamomile works as an immunity booster, relief for menstrual cramps and tension, and skin conditions. Lastly, chamomile is strong enough to aid in these ailments but is gentle enough to aid infants and children as well—with the right amount and a doctor’s approval, chamomile can soothe upset stomachs and assist with colic.

These herbs and more can be found at Short and Stout in a variety of our teas and tisanes.

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