I don’t just use herbs in my Shepherd’s Alchemy products; I also have a range of herbs that I use daily for good health that I’d like to share.
These are herbs and health tips that picked up from my wanderings around the globe that I’ve integrated into my daily habits and rituals. Not everything turns into a habit, sometimes I try something and it doesn’t really do it for me, so I drop it. I continually redefine my healthy herbal habits – using what works best for me.
One of my favourite herbal habits is one that I picked up in Argentina. ‘Yerba mate’ the ‘drink of the gods’ named so as apparently a white bearded foreigner /god (perhaps the same Quezequatal who introduced other Ancient South American civilisations to Pyramids and sky charts) introduced them to Yerba mater and taught them how to chop, dry and drink this tea. He told them it would quell hungry and allow them to work all day. And hence it is both a great ritual in the way you drink it, a special gourd, as well as a great health tonic.
It has a great list of benefits:
- Increases Energy
- Mental Stimulant: Keeps you alert and mentally agile
- Decreases Appetite/ great for weight management
- Laxative/ keeps you regular
- Strengthens the heart
- Lowers the bad Cholesterol
- Fights Cancerous cells
- Boosts the immune System
- Full of vitamins: A. C, E, B-1, B-2 and B
While it’s an acquired taste due to its bitterness, I love it. Even the ritual of drinking it out of a gourd, which gets me some strange glances here in Australia. Of course, in Argentina and Uruguay, it’s the order of the day. In Southern Latin America, it also has a real social aspect, you’ll often find people in parks, beaches or even while visiting friends sharing a yerba mate with some lively banter.
Yet the benefits exist no matter how, where or with whom you drink it, I see most health food shops even sell it in tea bags now, which makes it more convenient. I highly recommend you give it a try.
I personally buy it from Chili Mojo, a store local in Adelaide, who specialise in some of the best sauces and Latin food you can find in Australia. If in Australia, this is the best online shop to buy it in.
From Gaucho Gourmet: The Plant is called Yerba Mate (flex paraguariensis) and is an member of the holly family. And is classified as aromatic, stimulant, bitter, aperient (laxative), astringent, diuretic, purgative, sudorific (sweat inducing), and febrifuge (fever reducing). It also contains carotene, vitamins A. C, E, B-1, B-2 and B-complex, riboflavin; nicotinic acid; pantothenic acid, biotin, magnesium; calcium; iron; sodium; potassium; manganese, silicon, phosphates, sulfur; hydrochloric acid, chlorophyll, choline, and inositol. In 1964 one group of from the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society said that Mate contains practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.