Information on Yerba Mate

Latin NameIlex paraguariensis
Other NamesMate
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTeabag, bulk herb.
AffectsNervous system
CautionsNot recommended in high doses or for long-term use. This herb should not be used during pregnancy. As with all caffeine-containing herbs, it can raise blood pressure, stress the heart, and cause nervousness, anxiety, and sleeplessness, especially when u
Botanical InfoA medium small tree growing along waterways in parts of South America from the Holly family.
DescriptionThis South American herb has a stimulating effect due to its caffeine and theobromine content. It is traditionally employed for rheumatism, mild depression, fatigue, and acute headache.

Yerba Mate has a taste of BITTER, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of HOT.


Decoction1 cup 1-2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Yerba Mate

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Headache, acutevessel dilatrotea
Depression, mildmild antidepressanttea
Rheumatism, chronicmild analgesictea


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