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Using One Tiny Leaf To Make One big Difference
Guayusa gives you a unique kind of energy, different from what you get from coffee or traditional energy drinks. We think of it as “clean energy” – it’s how we describe what Amazonian hunters call the “mental strength and courage” they get from drinking guayusa.
The compounds in guayusa give you sustained and focused energy. There are no harsh chemicals. No feeling burned out later. Just organic, healthy energy from a leaf. Drink guayusa to get the energy you want now without sacrificing how you feel later. Not all energy is created equal – keep yours clean.
Guayusa contains twice the antioxidants of green tea. These compounds neutralize free radicals and may help prevent premature aging. It also contains chlorogenic acids, which have been reported to contribute to cardiovascular health, help reduce high blood pressure, and regulate body weight. In addition, guayusa contains 15 essential amino acids and has ferulic acid, which can help improve blood circulation.
Guayusa is grown in biodiverse agroforestry plots, or chakras. To the untrained eye, these ‘forest gardens’ look like pristine natural rainforest, though, to the farmers who cultivate them, they are highly managed agricultural plots combining a diverse mix of plants. Guayusa is a shade-grown plant – meaning it needs the shade of other trees to fully develop – and flourishes in this setting.
After a long history of cultivation, guayusa no longer naturally reproduces. New trees are planted from cuttings. This process involves taking part of a branch from an existing tree and placing it in rich soil. New cuttings reach productivity approximately 3 years after planting, when they grow to a height of about 8 feet.
Runa regularly purchases fresh leaves from Kichwa farmers. We then dry and mill the leaves in our processing facility in the small town of Archidona, in the Napo Province of Ecuador. The leaves are air-dried (we do not use burning wood in the drying process).
Traditionally, indigenous Kichwa families wake up before dawn and gather around a communal fire to drink gourds of guayusa. During this early-morning ritual, community members share dreams, myths, and legends. Several myths recount how the guayusa plant taught human beings how to dream, and throughout the morning shamans interpret dreams from the previous night.
Hunters also drink guayusa before nighttime hunting trips in order to heighten their senses of awareness and focus. Drinking guayusa enables them to get more in touch with the surrounding environment, allowing them to hunt safely in the jungle. For this reason guayusa is known as “The Night Watchman.”
In contrast to many indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon that grow coffee or tea (plants imported from other parts of the world), the Kichwa people grow guayusa, a native plant of immense cultural importance and mythological significance. Growing guayusa and sharing it with an international community is a powerful way for the Kichwa people to observe traditional cultural practices and recognize important values they hold in the modern world.
I've tried every kind of tea and nothing has come as close to me as this stuff has. My dad first told me about it and now it's my main go to for my daily kick. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Melody Mammino
Love this tea! Doesn't crash or get me jittery like coffee. Can drink it all day and still sleep great. Seems about the same amount of caffeine as green tea.Published 1 day ago by rb
This is just awful. Tastes just disgusting and leaves a weird after taste and strange sensation in the back of your throat. Read morePublished 1 day ago by R. Friend
Guayasa gives me the caffeine I need in the morning without the acidity of coffee. The large bag is a real bargain compared to the individual tea bags. Recommended!Published 5 days ago by Ed R.
This is my new favorite tea. I have not slept through the night for over forty years, only getting two to three hours of sleep each night. Read morePublished 10 days ago by NewEnglander
Like the tea and the energy boost it gives me but I am mixing it with other teas-like hibiscus or berry ones to make the taste better.Published 10 days ago by Nins
This product arrived fast and I have used this before through a friend with trying the small tea bags. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sarah Murray
Amazing! I'm not a super homeopathic nut, but I was getting sick CONSTANTLY with my daughter in daycare. Read morePublished 18 days ago by G. Bauer