From: N. Clauson Newsgroups: alt.drugs Subject: Yerba Mate: Explanation Date: 4 Jan 94 16:58:33 GMT This description of Yerba Mate comes from the Herbal Stimulant Tea Sampler, from ..of the Jungle (an excellent rare-botanical supply co.) Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguayensis) This traditional Argentine beverage comes from the leaves of a bushy South American tree. The thick, shiny leaves are very rich in caffeine (to 2%) and vitamins. They have several volatile oils present which give the tea part of its distinctive aroma and taste. The best quality product comes from a process of fire roasting and curing the fresh branches to develop the characterisitc smoky flavor prized by mate lovers. In Paraguay and Argentina it is the national beverage, comsumed in vast quantities daily. Much of the supply comes from wild native trees which are perfectly suting to sustainable harvesting. The foraging industry depends on the preservation of intact forest habitat, so the protection of South American forests is in part made necessary by a strong market demand for such wild collected products. Driking mate helps protect the planet's endangered habitats and support simple forest people with a right livelihood. Yerba Mate is made in South America in a ritualized ceremony using a special cup and strar set. These are often highly ornamented utensils crafted from pure silver. The straw is flay at the base and fitted with a screen wich allows the brew to be strained as it is sipped. A spoonful of cushed, dried leaves is placed in the cup and boiling water poured over them and left to steep for several minutes. Those of us without the traditional apparatus can prepare an equally fine beverage by pouring water over the herb in a teapot and straining into cups after steeping. The effects are relatively long lasting, inducing a type of mental clarity and expansion of though proecessing capabilities. A feeling of enhanced memory and accelerated intellect is often experienced, however the racy edge of physical and mental stimulation is seldom noted. This state is especially suitng to periods of intense study, calculations, and cerebral activity requring endurance to maintain continous attention and precision focusing. ******* Well there you go.. The stimulant sampler I mentioned contained an ounce each of Kola Nut Powder, Yerba Mate, Cacao Seed Powder, and Japanese Unfermented green tea (for only US$10) The description of Yerba Mate's effects are accurate. I would drink a cup after dinner (around 6 PM) after a hard day of classes, and I'd be -wired- until 1 or 2 AM. Unlike drinking coffee or coke, I'd only need the one cup, and I wouldn't have the heart pounding, mind racing effects you usually get. Yerba is definately a much cleaner, clearer high. (At least for me. I was usually programming, doing homework, or writing papers when I drank it, so my mind was active anyways..) I also found mate to help during exams, because it didn't give me any nervous jitters like you get from drinking Jolt. I can explain the effects of the other teas if asked, or I can tell you about the other Of the Jungle products I tried. Neil Clauson email@example.com
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