Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba mate is a medicinal plant that has a thin gray stem, oval leaves and small fruits of a green or purplish color. It is widely grown in the south of Brazil, being used as a home remedy for cholesterol due to its properties.

Yerba mate is also popularly known as mate, congonha or chimarrão, being marketed as mate tea. Its scientific name isIlex paraguariensisand can be bought dry, in health food stores, or in the form of drops in markets, with an average price of 30 reais.

What properties

Yerba mate has caffeine, theophylline, theobromine, folic acid, tannins, minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E in its composition and, therefore, acts as an anti-oxidant, diuretic, mild laxative, stimulant and aphrodisiac .

What is it for

This medicinal herb is useful to lose weight, fight bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL), decrease the rate of glucose in the blood, satiate hunger, stimulate brain function, improve blood circulation, facilitate digestion, clean the skin and, in addition, also contributes to a healthy cardiovascular and respiratory system.

How to use

1. Yerba mate tea


  • 1 tablespoon of yerba mate;
  • 1 cup of water.

Preparation mode

Put 1 tablespoon of yerba mate in a cup, add boiling water, leave to infuse for about 5 minutes and then strain. Drink 1 cup before breakfast, another at lunch and another at dinner.

2. Chimarrão


  • Yerba mate;
  • 1 glass of cold water;
  • Boiling water.

Preparation mode

Insert the mate herb up to half of the bowl, place it on its side, in order to move the herb to one of the sides, and add a glass of water, carefully, in order to fix the herb on the side. Leave the bowl slightly at rest, in order to facilitate the fixation process. Then the pump must be placed and the boiling water added.

3. Tereré


  • Yerba mate;
  • Cold water.

Preparation mode

Tereré is prepared in the same way as chimarrão, but instead of using boiling water, cold water is used.

Possible side effects

Because it contains caffeine, yerba mate can in some cases lead to insomnia or difficulty falling asleep.

Who should not use

Yerba mate is well tolerated, but should be avoided in pregnancy, due to caffeine and in people with hypersensitivity to the plant.