What is Yerba Mate?

Leaves from Ilex paraguariensis are harvested to make mate, Chimarrão & Tereré – hugely popular beverages in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Yerba Mate has been used for thousands of years by the Guaraní Indians for stamina and as a natural remedy with numerous health benefits. Today people still swear by yerba mate as a source of energy, as a way of aiding weight loss and for general well-being.

Traditionally, mate is sipped from a natural gourd through a metal straw called the "bombilla". UruShop is proud to bring you the widest selection of yerbas and accessories in the UK, as well as a growing range of traditional South American foods.

Please feel free to check out our Yerba Mate blog to find out more about how to prepare Yerba Mate and other Yerba Mate instructions and don't forget to look at the full Yerba Mate range that we have to offer

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