"Wakey Wakey, it's time to drink 'Yerba mate and Burdock'!!"
'Yerba mate and Burdock' is one of my husband's favorite herbal tea blend, especially for morning. Because he can't drink coffee (too much caffeine for him), since he found Yerba mate, he became a big fan of it. Yerba mate, itself is already good, but mixing with 4 ~ 5 pieces of burdock makes even healthier and more delicious.
As a morning tea, I like to brew this tea in around 170℉ water (Boiling the water and let it cool for about 3~5 minutes), 1 1/2 tablespoon of this blend per 1 cup. You can steep for minimum 5 minutes or 10 ~15 minutes for stronger taste.
And for the lazy afternoon, I prefer iced tea with a bit of honey. You can pour warm tea on ice (in this case, steep the tea longer than 10 minutes). Or steep the tea directly in cold water, stir and strain after more than 10 minutes. You can add honey, sugar, or other sweetener as you want, and ice.
You can find this tea at our online store and our tea room in Danbury, Connecticut.
As always, we picked only the good ingredients for you.
Yerba mate : Northern Argentina
Burdock root : Taiwan
Here some information about Yerba mate.
Yerba mate tea is a South American beverage made by steeping
the ground leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant. Yerba mate is a
central nervous system stimulant containing caffeine, but it also
contains a number of other nutrients, including antioxidants, amino
acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Yerba mate is touted as being
a safe and effective nervous system stimulant with few side effects and many health benefits. Here are some of the benefits of drinking yerba mate tea.
1. Rich in Antioxidants
Yerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it's got about 90% more
antioxidants than green tea. Yerba mate has significant immune boosting
properties. It can slow the signs of aging, detoxify the blood and
prevent many types of cancer. Yerba mate also helps reduce stress and
2. Enhances Your Ability to Focus
Proponents of yerba mate tea say that the minerals, vitamins,
antioxidants, animo acids and polphenols found in this beverage have a
balancing effect on the caffeine it contains. Users report increased
mental energy, clarity and focus, but they also say that yerba mate
doesn't cause any of the uncomfortable side effects associated with drinking caffeinated beverages, such as headaches, stomachaches and jitters.
3. Enhances Physical Endurance
The chemical compounds and nutrients in yerba mate tea affect your
metabolism to make your body use carbohydrates more efficiently. This
means you'll get more energy from the food you eat. You'll also burn
more of the calories your body has stored in fat cells as fuel when you
drink yerba mate tea regularly. Regular yerba mate consumption also
helps keep lactic acid from building up in your muscles so you can
decrease post workout soreness and cut your recovery time.
4. Aids Digestion
The native peoples of South America have long used yerba mate tea as a
traditional herbal remedy against digestive ailments. Yerba mate aids
digestion by stimulating increased production of bile and other gastric
acids. Yerba mate helps keep your colon clean for effective and
efficient waste elimination, and helps reduce the stomach bacteria that
can contribute to bad breath.
5. Helps You Control Your Weight
Native South American peoples have traditionally used yerba mate as part of a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet
and exercise. Yerba mate has stimulant qualities to help you feel full
sooner after you begin eating, and it slows your digestion so that your
stomach stays full longer. Combining yerba mate with a healthy diet and
regular exercise can help boost your metabolism to burn more calories,
and it can help you eat less by curbing your appetite slightly.
6. Supports Cardiovascular Health
The antioxidants and amino acids present in yerba mate help fat and
cholesterol move through your bloodstream so that they don't accumulate
on artery walls. Yerba mate also helps prevent arteriosclerosis
(hardening of the arteries) and prevents blood clots that may cause
heart attack or stroke.
And about burdock.
burdock plant is one that certainly stands out amongst others. A member
of the thistle family, it grows easily on a variety of different
terrains, its large leaves making it easily spotted. At the top of the
shrub, there are clusters of round, purple, spiny, bulbs which are
notorious for catching on the clothing of passerby. Though they may seem
like a pesky plant, many people harvest the roots and leaves of the
burdock and utilize them to make herbal teas.
Burdock tea has been used as an herbal remedy and soothing tonic
since the Middle Ages and beyond. It is commonly used today in
traditional Chinese medicine, and in savory cuisine throughout Europe
and especially Japan. However, in tea form it can be sipped for either
recreational or medicinal reasons. In oils or tinctures, its healing
properties are said to help burn victims, and some believe that it may
even help prevent hair loss, due to the fatty acids and other nutrients
present in its root oil extract.
1. Purifies & Stabilizes Blood
Burdock tea works as an efficient blood purifier and can help
detoxify as well as cleanse the blood of any impurities that may have
built up. When ingested, burdock tea can lower blood sugar to a mild
degree, also known as a hypoglycemic effect. However, those who are
diabetic should be sure to check with their healthcare practitioner,
especially if their blood sugar needs to be tightly regulated, so as to
avoid any conflict with current medications.
2. Stimulates Appetite & Aids Digestion
Other health benefits that have been associated with burdock tea
include the soothing effect it holds on the stomach. Herbalists suggest
drinking this tea after meals to aid digestion, particularly if you have
any gastrointestinal difficulties. It also helps to stimulate appetite
and keep the intestinal tract cleansed and flushed. Burdock acts as a
diuretic, flushing urine and corresponding waste products out of the
body this way. As part of a detoxification program, burdock may help
keep you regular and fully cleansed, while also ensuring that you manage
to keep a healthy appetite.
3. Healthy Liver Function
Another important benefit is this tea’s ability to reduce liver
damage from microbes or bacteria, and help in the ease of various kidney
ailments. Aside from this, it can also help those that have any
gallbladder discomforts as well. It can also help repair livers that
have been damaged by the consumption of alcohol. Furthermore, it is also
known to be able to assist the liver in the cleansing of the body,
which is useful particularly when the body needs that added boost of