An exotic combination of green Wayusa, lemongrass, and leaves of the Isphingo tree, which is nicknamed “spicy cinnamon” for its flavor and aroma.
Guayusa, Latin Ilex guayusa, is a traditional Amazon plant whose leaves are used to prepare a highly energizing drink. It belongs to the same family as the popular Yerba mate, but it contains much more health-promoting substances and thus has even more beneficial effects on our body. There is, of course, caffeine, which amount is similar to coffee. Unlike coffee, however, it is released gradually, causing long-lasting stimulation without discomfort. Another interesting ingredient is theobromine, a compound known for its euphoric and aphrodisiac effects, also found in cocoa beans.
The plant is similar in its content of active ingredients to green tea. It contains l-theanine, which relaxes the body and reduces anxiety. There is also a large number of antioxidants that promote immunity and slow down aging processes. The prepared drink is dark brown and its specific bitter earthy taste with slightly caramel undertones cannot be confused with anything.
Ishpingo, in Latin Ocotea quixos, nicknamed as Amazon, spicy or wild cinnamon, is an evergreen tree found in the territory of Ecuador. For its taste and aroma, it is used as a local spice, excellent tea or as an ingredient in essential aromatic oils. The plant is similar in nature to cinnamon, which also comes from the same family Lauraceae. However, Ishpingo contains a smaller proportion of cinnemaldehydes – substances that cause a typical cinnamon taste and aroma. On the other hand, it can boast high levels of antioxidants and other building materials such as iron, calcium, manganese, and others. Its slightly spicy taste pleasantly warms and tune, it is a suitable part of tea blends and drinks.
Lemongrass, Latin Cymbopogon citratus is a perennial tropical grass of the linden family. The plant smells and tastes like sweet citrus, it also contains a high amount of healthy substances vitalizing our organism. It can be used alone or as part of herbal blends, delicately completing and slightly sweetening the resulting taste of a drink.
Cook 1 to 2 tablespoon of Guayusa blend over low heat in 400 ml of water for 8 minutes. Drain the resulting drink. At least two infusions may be prepared.
For more information about the herb, its history, and more, visit our herbarium.