Mate is an herb that is a traditional tea infusion used by the natives of South America. This tea-like beverage is consumed mainly in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil. It is brewed from the dried leaves and stems of the Yerba Mate tree (Ilex paraguarensis).
The infusion is prepared from the leaves of the Mate tree, a native of the tropical rain forests of northeastern Argentina, eastern Paraguay and southern Brazil.
The Yerba is placed into the mate gourd and hot water is added to create the infusion. The infusion is consumed through a traditional bombilla (drinking straw) that strains the herb.
This stimulating herbal drink is low in caffeine and carbohydrates and contains generous amounts of amino acids and antioxidants.
Yerba Maté reduces stress, boosts immunity, helps control appetite and stimulates the mind. Among many of the benefits enjoyed by drinking this infusion are improved digestion, cleansing of your blood and it slows aging.
This social drink enjoys tremendous popularity in Argentina where the ritual of sharing a mate with friends is a part of the fabric that holds that society together.