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Updated: Aug 30, 2018

Naturally caffeinated herb from South America. It is not as acidic as coffee or tea and it acts as an energizer. It can also induce your dreams and the memory of them.

Guayusa leaves

Guayusa contains very little tannin, so the flavor is mild, slightly sweet and very pleasant. The brew has an energizing effect to boost you up and because of its low acidity, healthy stomach and the whole body responds to it very positively.

This beautiful plant comes from South America, predominantly from Ecuador. It is very popular here and has a long tradition. Local people are drinking the brew every morning to get strength for the day, the similar way we do with coffee in the west. It is best to drink #guayusa in form of dried leaves because it allows developing the flavor better after the harvest.

Guayusa is a stimulant - energy booster, it increases concentration and uplifts mood.

Drinking Guayusa before sleep has another reason for the people in Amazonian countries. A ritual with this infusion can enhance your dreams, with foretelling messages and you will most likely remember the whole dream, not just an iconic part of it.

I personally love this brew and it replaced my need for teeth-staining and acidic coffee. It was introduced to me by my dear friend from Ecuador who is studying plant medicine in London.

What does Guayusa contain?

Caffeine - about 65mg in 8oz, where's coffee typically contains 85-140mg in 8oz.

Theobromine - which is a mild stimulant find also in cocoa beans

L-theanine - an amino acid which helps to relax and reduces stress without causing drowsiness.

Are there any side effects drinking Guayusa?

Because it is a caffeinated plant, it is safe for adults, but may not be a good idea for children. It has more caffeine than tea, but less than coffee. Because of that, it should not be mixed with other substances, certain medications, and alcohol.

If you are intolerant to stimulants, you should avoid drinking Guayusa. Especially if you are taking any medications related to the circulatory system. If you can not drink coffee, you should not drink Guayusa either.

Every energy drink has its limits and how much you can consume of it. Consuming too much caffeine can lead to side effects such as rapid heartbeat, jitters, sweating, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure.

Guayusa in supplements - the problem is, that it can be found in certain supplements such as pre-workouts and fat burners in high dosages. This increases your risk of suffering from jitters and energy crashes. The brew from dried leaves is much better option.

Where to buy Guayusa?

Depending on your location, some of the healthy shops can stock it, but it is not very well known. The best quality would be directly from people who have visited Ecuador or Peru and brought it back with them from locally sourced markets. Amazon has quite a few brands and you can choose by styles such as "tea bag" or loose leaf:

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