You'll be amazed at the health benefits of yerba mate once you've tried this flavorsome, satisfying tea. Sleep-friendly, heart-healthy, a mood and energy booster, this tea's wellness benefits are incredibly wide-ranging and remarkable.
Yerba mate has been valued for centuries in South America, but this herbal tisane is still new to many of us around the world. Yerba mate tea has a distinctly unique aroma and flavor and, because it is naturally caffeinated, is unusual amongst herbal teas (which are typically caffeine free).
If you've been hearing about yerba mate and are considering adding this tea to your tea routine, keep reading to learn more about why mate may be a smart choice (if you missed our first page about health benefits of yerba mate, you'll find it here).
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We're not through yet... Keep reading here about more health benefits of yerba mate. Or, if you're not too familiar with this herbal tea, get to know more on our "What is Yerba Mate?" page. There's also lots of yerba mate information on our Yerba Mate Pinterest board.
This traditional tea has been much-loved for centuries. And, the age-old knowledge about health benefits of yerba mate (plus recent scientific research) gives us a multitude of reasons to include this healthful brew in our days.
If you're thinking of trying this tea, but you have some questions about yerba mate for you, your herbalist, naturopath, or another natural health physician is a great resource - she or he would be happy to help with any tea-related questions or concerns you have. Visit our Yerba Mate Side Effects page for some tips for safe use, as well as information about precautions associated with yerba mate tea, too.
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