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Yerba Mate

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Botanical name: Ilex paraguariensis

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Other common names:Mate

Part used:  Leaves

Country of origin: Brazil

Actions:  Stimulating, diuretic, analgesic, antioxidant

Yerba mate was originally drunk and the leaves chewed by the Guarani people of southern Brazil and Paraguay in South America. 

Currently, it is cultivated in southern Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and is enjoyed as a beverage in the same way as tea is consumed in Europe and Asia. Yerba mate is traditionally drunk from a gourd with a reed straw with a filter, in the end, called a bombilla. 

 Uses and preparations

  • The leaves of yerba mate are high in many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

  • Contains caffeine, theophylline, theobromine and tannins. Drinking Yerba mate increases short term physical and mental energy.

  • The medicinal and/or health benefits are thought to include: increased energy, thermogenic (fat burning), appetite suppressant, blood cleansing, memory enhancement, digestive stimulant, pain reliever, increase bile production, mildly laxative, immunity enhancement and promotes perspiration. There have been some preliminary studies done on the benefits for fat burning, cardiovascular health and DNA repair, but further research is required for conclusive evidence.

Common preparation: A simple home style, yet traditional preparation is to take a leaf or tea infusion with 2-4 grams of leaves in 150mls of hot water.


Overuse may trigger anxiety, insomnia or headaches and is best avoided by people who have heart disease, high blood pressure, existing anxiety concerns and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

There are indications that excessive consumption of the yerba mate drink may result in cancer, including oesophageal, mouth, pharynx, larynx and lungs. However, the risk is dose-related and western drinkers of Mate drinks are unlikely to consume enough to raise concerns.

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.


17 August 2021 Update: Herb Plant orders that are not in "next day" delivery zones will only be sent on Mondays due to lockdowns.

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)


We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)  Update: Herb Plant orders that are not in "next day" delivery zones will only be sent on Mondays due to lockdowns.


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Monday to Friday

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    john s.
    Australia Australia

    vg not used only planting.

    Amazing service, great quality!

    I would like to say thank you all your stuff for amazing service. My herbs arrived safely and no damage.

    Perla E.
    Looks great!

    Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but from how it looks I can tell the quality is great