Guayusa is brewed like traditional tea, but is not related to tea. It comes from the holly tree, as does Yerba Matte.
A cup of Guayusa has almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and has twice the amount of antioxidants in green tea.
Learn all about Guayusa in the Wild Foods Guide to Guayusa
-Among the Jivaro tribe of Ecuador, guayusa is known as the "Night Watchman," because it helps keep them awake.
-Guayusa is almost exclusively found in the Amazon.
-Harvesting guayusa actually helps to reforest the Amazon; more trees are planted as demand for the guayusa leaf increases
-Guayusa has many chlorogenic acids, which help with weight loss and have benefits for the heart