ILEX GUAYUSA

ILEX GUAYUSA

FAMILY :: AQUIFOLIACEAE
GUAYUSA: A strong stimulant with a high percentage of caffeine (up to 2%).
Guayusa is possibly contains the highest percentage of caffeine of any plant. The leaves are often boiled for use more than one time because of this high caffeine content.

It is said that drinking Guayusa tea may produce lucid dreams (The state of dreaming where you are aware that you are dreaming). Some people refer to it as the “watchman’s plant” because a person can remain aware even while sleeping.

This is a large shrub or small tree from the Amazon rain forests of Ecuador. Also used as an ayahuasca additive and internal bodily cleanser (because of its emetic properties) by some shamans before ayahuasca use. Requires more warmth and humidity to grow than Ilex paraguariensis, a similarly employed species. Tropical and it grows very well in Central Mexico, either in the ground or in large pots.

ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS

ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS

FAMILY :: AQUIFOLIACEAE
MATE, PARAGUAYAN TEA, YERBA MATE: Mate is one of the most popular stimulating beverages in South America. Contains caffeine (up to 2%) and theobromine and is somewhat stronger than coffee or tea. Mate is a tonic, nervine, diuretic and stimulant.

Yerba Mate plant

A holly, this plant is often kept trimmed to shrub size and can be grown in a tub in northern climates and either in tubs or in the ground in subtropical or tropical situations. It survives temperatures down to about 25° f.

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Give young plants some shade. Likes humidity and heat. Needs well-drained acid soil. It is evergreen and dioecious. Currently, we have only female plants. Female plants tend to be milder in flavor, and slightly lower in caffeine than the male.

MORE INFORMATION:
http://noborders.net/mate/index.html

ILEX VOMITORIA

ILEX VOMITORIA

FAMILY :: AQUIFOLIACEAE

“They say it restores lost appetite, strengthens the stomach, giving them agility and courage in war, &c…”
— Catesby, Natural History…, 1754

YAUPON, CASSENA: A large evergreen shrub or small tree native to Southeastern US. A strong emetic, used ceremonially as the “black drink” by the Cherokee Indians. Also contains caffeine.