Maté is also known as yerba mate, erva mate, Paraguay tea, St. Bartholomew’s tea or Jesuits tea. The terms refer to the leaves of Ilex paraguarensis St. Hilaire, an evergreen member of the Aquifoliaceae family. The leaves of maté are important natural products from which a tisane (tealike beverage) is made. This beverage is widely consumed throughout South America, particularly Paraguay, Argentina and
Progress in Essential Oils
February 11, 2013
Fill out my online form.
Most Popular in Natural
- 81Patent Pick: Lemon Rose
- 73Demystifying Wisteria sinensis
- 32Progress in Essential Oils: Turmeric Oil, Part 2
- 29Progress in Essential Oils: February 2012
- 19Chemical Characterization of Vanilla pompona Scheide, Part IV
- 19Grapefruit Flower Oil
- 18Material Review: Searching for the Real Ravensara Oil
- 16Material review: Kashmir Lavender Oil
- 14Synthetic, Natural Materials Highlighted in Firmenich, Vigon Perfumery Presentation
- 14Growing Indian Sandalwood in Australia
Brazil. Maté is also used as a component of beverages such as chimarrao, tereré and some soft drinks (Viera et al., 2008). Because maté is rich in caffeine, it acts as a stimulant (tonic) and a diuretic (Wichtl, 1994).
Although L. cubeba is normally associated with China, Choudhury et al. (2009) reported that this evergreen shrub of the Lauraceae family can also be found growing in its natural environment in the eastern Himalayan areas of Assam, Manipur and other autonomous regions of northeastern India.