Staying informed about potential yerba mate tea side effects is a good idea if you're planning to add this satisfying herbal tea to your day.
Thanks not only to traditional wisdom and anecdotal evidence, but also to growing confirmation from scientific studies, we know that yerba mate provides so many health benefits.
These health benefits are a wonderful reason to try this herbal tea, but, before you do, browse through our Yerba Mate Tea Side Effects pages to ensure this nutritious beverage is a safe and healthy choice for you and your family (if you'd rather read from the beginning, start here).
Herbal teas (like yerba mate) are wonderfully beneficial beverages that provide safe, healthful alternatives to many drinks available to families today, like sugary soft drinks, highly caffeinated energy drinks, and sweetened fruit juices.
If you're thinking of introducing nourishing, hydrating herbal teas into your child's diet, you may consider diluting stronger teas to make the taste more palatable for kids - for example, combine yerba mate with fruit juice, warm milk of choice, or another herbal tea or two.
And, why not add a favorite fresh fruit or fruited ice cubes to a jug of iced tea for a fun, pretty, flavorful touch? (You'll find a tasty yerba mate iced tea recipe here.)
Remember, mate does contain caffeine, so be sure to keep an eye on how much yerba mate your child consumes. You can read more about recommended maximum amounts of caffeine for children and adolescents on our Caffeine Facts page.
And, ask your healthcare professional about how much caffeine is safe for your family, and about good herbal tea choices for your child, too.
If you're expecting a baby, planning and preparing to fall pregnant, or breastfeeding your little one, please have a chat with your trusted healthcare provider about safe amounts of yerba mate for you.
As with any tea, make sure to purchase your yerba mate from a reputable seller, so you can be confident that your tea consists entirely of pure yerba mate (without any other plants, including other Ilex species, added - intentionally or unintentionally).
Poor quality yerba mate, which may include other plants, will have a less pleasing taste and won't provide the same multitude of health benefits that good quality yerba mate will!
Herbal teas are so beloved around the world. All around our planet, we have enjoyed and appreciated these healthy beverages for centuries!
We are so fortunate to have at our fingertips natural, effective, affordable alternatives for helping us encourage and maintain good health and wellness.
Part of taking our health into our own hands is ensuring that we are knowledgeable about the food and beverage choices we make. That means choosing the most healthful, delicious, and beneficial teas, and also ensuring the teas we choose are healthy and safe choices for us.
Whenever you add a new tea - like yerba mate! - to your tea cupboard, get to know that tea a bit better by doing some reading on its benefits and cautions, and ask your natural healthcare practitioner, too, about any potential risks or side effects of that tea.
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With so many of us looking to be at a healthy weight, it’s no surprise that natural weight-management options – like cinnamon and weight loss – have captured our interest.
As with any tea in our tea stash, it’s important to stay abreast of possible cinnamon side effects and precautions before brewing and enjoying a spicy cup of cinnamon tea.
If you love making your own cinnamon herbal tea from ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks, here are some helpful tips for choosing, storing, and using cinnamon for tea.