Ilex Guayusa, is a species of South...
Ilex Guayusa, is a species of South American tree (growing in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru) from which leaves are obtained for brewing a drink whose properties have a stimulating effect.
Composition: finely crushed, intensely green Guayusa leaves, bitter taste, very strongly stimulates
Country of origin: Ecuador (Napo Plantation)
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Benefits of drinking guayuses:
- supports the practice of conscious sleep (oobe)
- improves concentration,
- stimulates and raises alertness, and at the same time calms and teaches patience,
- does not cause trembling, hyperactivity or irritability,
- provides clarity of mind and well-being throughout the day,
- does not irritate the digestive system like coffee.
- pregnancy and breastfeeding,
- combining with SSRIs (eg Prozac, Zoloft, Seroxat, etc.)
- active people,
- computer players,
- for busy people.
1. Pour about 1-2 teaspoons of guayusa leaves into a glass (about 250ml) and pour in boiling water. Brewed for about 3-5 minutes.
2. Pour 2-4 tablespoons guayusa into the pot, pour cold water, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes
Ilex guayusa grows in the Amazon jungle located at the foot of the Andes. We find it mainly in cultivation, because it is a very popular plant in South America, especially loved by Indians. Her leaves contain 2-5% of caffeine, which is more or less as much as found in seeds of average guarana. Also present are theobromine, chlorogenic acid, rich in vitamin C and D and minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, and an incredible amount of antioxidants, which is twice as high as in green tea.
The infusion of dried guayusa leaves was traditionally consumed by the Kichawa tribesmen living in Ecuador. Their daily ritual was preparing the drink before dawn and eating it around the campfire with the whole family to start the day. This drink gave them strength and energy and reduced hunger. The Indians also valued him for the purpose of raising alertness and concentration, as well as bringing peace and patience, which was extremely useful during long hunts.
Ilex guayusa played a role that was not only functional, but also ritual and magical. Indians from Ecuador, Peru and Colombia drank infusions of guayusa to provoke expressive, prophetic dreams, which were then interpreted jointly by the fire and used in making everyday decisions. This drink was also consumed before the Ayahuasca ceremony. The Indians believed that it helps cleanse the body and mind before the adoption of this powerful plant and strengthens and prolongs its action. Guayusa infusions were also present in traditional medicine. The inhabitants of the Amazon used them to strengthen the whole body, increase fertility and libido, improve digestion and relieve stomach discomfort.