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The Sunday Steep

Sundays are perfect for cozy, lazy, days that should be filled with tea and delicious food. Every Sunday – I’ll be sharing with you what I’m sipping on, and share information on their specific healing properties. Today, I’m sipping on Guayusa, which are dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly which is a close botanical relative to Yerba Mate.

Why I love Guayusa

The benefits and healing properties of this tea is endless. Maybe I’m biased, being of indigenous origin from South America, but I pretty much believe anything native that comes from the rainforest, or any part of South America, will have tremendous benefits for your health and longevity. Here are a few benefits of Guayusa that has me excited:

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Aids in digestion
  • Supports weight loss
  • Increases mental clarity + alertness
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Packed with Polyphenols
  • Contains high minerals such as –  potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and chromium and vitamins D & C
  • Fifteen essential amino acids
  • Coffee replacement


Where do I get my Guayusa

In Mexico, I feel lucky to be able to go to my local market on Wednesdays and Sundays and find hundreds of ziplock baggies full of herbs that have been traded and imported all over from central and South America. When I’m back at home in California, I’ve found great company, Rose Mountain Herbs, that has amazing bulk herbs, tinctures, essential oils and much more. They have a great selection of Guayusa that is specifically shade-grown. This means that the leaves will have a smoother flavor. Shade grown guayusa is a bold dark green, while the sun grown leaves are much more pale and are lacking in flavor. If you’re interested in purchasing delicious, high quality Guayusa leaves, I’d recommend buying some here. Also- It’s a great investment for under $10. It doesn’t get any better than that.


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