What is Guayusa?
Guayusa is quickly becoming a favorite among tea connoisseurs — only it’s not technically a tea at all! Made from the dried leaves of a small tree that grows in the Ecuadorian rainforest, guayusa is brewed like tea and presents a smooth, round, earthy flavor. It has naturally occurring caffeine equivalent to a cup of coffee and impressively high antioxidant levels. It’s pronounced “gwy-yoo-suh.”
A History Steeped In Tradition
Brewed by indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon for thousands of years, guayusa was traditionally prepared by families before the sun rose each day and shared around the fire as village elders told stories about ancestors, social values, and hunting techniques. When taken at night, guayusa was believed to induce lucid dreams that could foretell the successfulness of hunting expeditions.
Guayusa not only tastes good, it offers a wealth of health benefits that range from physical to mental. Among its many benefits:
- Increased energy
- Heightened focus
- Improved memory
- Boost of antioxidants
- Heightened feeling of wellbeing
- Reduced inflammation
- Immunity support
The leaves of the guayusa tree are rich in naturally occurring caffeine, and they also contain L-theanine, an amino acid that has been shown to promote feelings of tranquility. The result is a stimulated calm with a boost of natural, focused energy. In NatureWise Berry Guayusa, the effect is a stimulating beverage with none of the jittery side effects that can accompany coffee consumption.
A Fair Deal
Fair trade organic guayusa helps prevent exploitation of indigenous farmers and safeguards the rights and welfare of new guayusa growers. Organic growing conditions reduce exposure to chemicals and sustainable practices ensure planting and harvesting are in harmony with nature. Previous loggers now have fair wages and a reliable income from a sustainable source. Now that’s what we call fair!