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Tulsi Tea for Immune Support and Stress Relief Posted on 26 Mar 09:52 , 0 comments

Tulsi tea (Occimum sanctum) is an herb in the mint family from India. This close relative of basil and rosemary is naturally caffeine-free and safe for people of all ages to drink at any time of day or night. Tulsi has hundreds of applications in traditional Ayuvedic medicine. Modern science is quickly catching up.

Yerba Mate vs Coffee Posted on 19 Mar 10:28 , 0 comments

Our organic, 100% unsmoked yerba mate can be a key ingredient in your holistic approach to wellness.

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Where Does Yerba Mate Come From? Posted on 12 Mar 08:34 , 0 comments

Yerba mate comes from the South American countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Yerba mate’s natural range includes an oval-shaped area that overlaps the northern tip of Argentina, southwestern Brazil, and southeastern Paraguay. At the geographical heart of this region where the three countries meet is the famous Falls of Iguazú, truly one of the great wonders of the natural world.


ECOTEAS Yerba Mate Powers Skateboarder Allen Winslow Posted on 11 Jun 14:56 , 0 comments


Want to Quit Coffee? Try Yerba Mate! Posted on 8 Apr 10:26 , 0 comments

Every morning, or when that after-lunch sleepiness strikes, or before I go out dancing, I'm all about yerba mate. It's my daily cup of yes.

How to Make Yerba Mate Taste Amazing! Posted on 6 Dec 12:39 , 0 comments

Lately, you've been hearing a lot about yerba mate's array of health benefits. You're drawn to yerba mate for its long-lasting mental and physical boost, its host of antioxidants and nutrition, and its thermogenic effect, but you're still a bit confused about the best way to prepare it.

Maybe you've heard that yerba mate tastes grassy or bitter. You want to make the switch to yerba mate, but you also want your morning drink to taste amazing. You don't want to have to add a ton of sugar to get there, which would cancel out the benefits you seek from yerba mate in the first place.

Don't worry, it's not complicated to make a healthy cup of yerba mate that tastes great, too.

Whether you're using loose yerba mate or yerba mate tea bags, it's important to follow three simple rules whenever you brew it. 1. Moisten the yerba mate with cool water first. 2. Never use boiling water—170F is ideal. 3. Steep for five minutes max.

That's it! Easy, right? A dollop of honey and a splash of creamer are great additions, but not necessary if you follow the basic rules. If you're brewing loose yerba mate in a French press (my preferred method), you can also add a sprig of mint, some diced ginger, or some orange peel for added delight. 

For more info on the yerba mate ritual of sharing and hospitality with a gourd and a bombilla, go here.


A Yerba Mate Recipe to Beat the Winter Blues Posted on 20 Feb 11:11 , 0 comments

My favorite strategy for the winter blues (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) has always been a hearty dose of exercise, preferably outside in nature.

But recently I took a tumble in the ocean and ended up breaking my leg (ouch!). I can see sunlight pouring through breaks in the clouds outside. I'd love to go play in the snow that fell on the mountains last night. Unable to do so, I find myself looking for other ways to beat the winter blues...

  • I'm taking a vitamin D supplement.
  • I made a cozy reading nest by my favorite sunny window.
  • I've been inviting friends over for visits.
  • I'm eating lots of tryptophan-bearing leafy greens like kale and chard.
  • And, to top it all off, I've added a few new herbs to my morning yerba mate blend. Here's my yerba mate recipe to beat the winter blues:

Yerba Mate + Chamomile + Passionflower + Lavender

Yerba Mate Recipe to Beat the Winter Blues

Yerba mate raises energy and mood, supplying loads of nutrition and antioxidants along with stimulation. Yerba mate is traditionally used in South America as a catalyst. It is believed to amplify the healing effects of other medicinal herbs.

Chamomile has mild sedative properties. It may seem counterintuitive to add a sedative to a yerba mate drink, but this combo is well-tested in Argentina as a mildly energizing tension tamer.

Passionflower reduces inflammation as well as anxiety. 

I round this blend out with just a pinch of lavender. This strongly aromatic flower is said to improve mood and promote healthy sleep patterns.

Seasonal Affective Disorder strikes millions of people every winter. The best strategy to stay positive is to keep feeding your body, heart, and soul with all the things that fill you up. I hope this recipe for yerba mate to beat the winter blues helps you keep it light!

 


Our Yerba Mate Reforestation Project Is Coming Along! Posted on 1 Feb 14:14 , 0 comments

The Trees are Growing Strong!

For the last ten years, we have been working with our farm partners in Argentina to plant a variety of native trees on their yerba mate lands. We are proud to report that many of these trees are growing tall, providing shade and habitat for biodiversity. Thank you so much for your support of our company over the years. Your business makes our green mission possible!


Tulsi and Ayurveda: An Overview Posted on 7 Dec 11:41 , 0 comments

There are actually three varieties of tulsi commonly used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine: Vana, Rama, and Krishna Tulsi.

Vana Tulsi has a lemony flavor. In Ayurvedic medicine, Vana Tulsi is thought to moderate the wind principal, Vata, which governs breath, blood flow, and mental clarity.

Rama Tulsi's flavor has subtle notes of licorice and clove. In Ayurvedic medicine, Rama Tulsi is thought to moderate the earth principle, Kapha, which governs weight, growth, and joint health. 

Krishna Tulsi has purple leaves and a peppery taste. In Ayurvedic medicine, Krishna Tulsi is thought to moderate the fire principle, Pitta, which governs digestion and metabolism.

ECOTEAS tulsi is an equal blend of these three tulsi varieties, making it a versatile and well-rounded choice for maintaing overall wellness.


The Yerba Mate Sharing Circle: A How-to Guide Posted on 6 Dec 11:52 , 0 comments

The heart of yerba mate culture is the ritual of sharing a gourd with friends and family. The details of the ceremony can seem complex at first. But it's easy if you take it slow...

To share a yerba mate gourd with a circle of friends and family, you'll need a thermos or pitcher, some loose yerba mate, a tea straw, and a gourd. 

  • First, fill a thermos or pitcher with hot (but not boiling) water and set it aside.
  • Next, fill a cured gourd about ⅔ with loose yerba mate.
  • Tap the yerba mate to one side of the gourd to create a “little mountain” and a “little valley” inside.
  • Moisten the “little valley” with cool water. Just a splash. Don’t flood the “little mountain.”
  • Gently insert the filter tip of the tea straw into the “little valley.”
  • Pour hot water into the “little valley” about halfway up the gourd, still keeping the tip of the “little mountain” dry.
  • Sip this first pour right away. Make sure the tea straw is flowing well. Make sure the water is the right temperature. Drink until there is no more water left in the gourd.
  • Now you are ready to pour sips for the friends and family in your yerba mate circle. Each person receives a half-full gourd. They sip right away, drinking all of the tea until the straw gurgles. Then they pass the gourd back to the pourer for refilling.
  • Traditionally, only one person does all the pouring for the group. This person is called the “cebador.” She will keep pouring for each person in turn until the hot water runs out or the herb runs out of flavor, then replace them as needed.
  • Avoid touching the straw! Stirring makes all the herb steep at once, and it can also make the straw clog. One of the cebador’s most difficult jobs is to gracefully discourage newcomers to the yerba mate circle from touching the straw.   
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