Latin:  Ilex guayusa

Family:   Aquifoliaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter

Properties:  Stimulant

Actions:  Guayusa is a caffeine, L-theanine and theobromine rich herb and relative of Mate and the Holly tree.  Common to the Amazon, indigenous natives often will drink the tea for its stimulating properties to stay awake and also for sharpening their minds and eyesight during hunts.  Guayusa contains more caffeine per gram than Mate and is high in nutrients and antioxidants.    Because it contains a large amount of the relaxing and pleasure inducing L-theanine, it may be more relaxant than just strictly caffeine rich beverages.

Though Mate is more commonly consumed, Guayusa is becoming increasingly popular in the States.  98% of Guayusa is found in Ecuador and it is key to purchase from reputable, ethical and sustainable sources.

Dosage:   Generally taken as tea- 1-2 tsp to cup of hot water infused for 10 minutes.

Contraindications:  For those who need to avoid stimulants.