Guayusa is a naturally caffeinated herbal infusion produced from the leaves of a holly tree native to the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. Guayusa has been part of Amazonian culture and cultivation for over 2000 years, locally treasured for its unique balance of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids, which awaken the mind and fortify the body.
The energising effects from the brewed tea are similar to that of coffee and yerba mate. (Guayusa is a botanical cousin to Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) which has gained amazing popularity throughout the world in recent years for its health benefits and energizing effect).
Guayusa is grown on small family farms and handpicked by local farmers from the rich mineralised soil under the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. Ecuador accounts for about 98% of the total Guayusa tea produced in the entire world. YUSA source the tealeaves from this very heartland, which is the world's richest and most abundant habitat of the holly tree.
Unlike coffee or other energy drinks, Guayusa provides balanced energy without the jitters or the sudden crash commonly associated with caffeinated stimulant drinks. Its catechins provide a slow release of caffeine for an awakening and sustainable energy.
Guayusa may (in some people) stimulate and enhance lucid dreaming (i.e. when you are aware that you are dreaming and can direct your dreams). For this reason it is also known as the �night watchman's plant', as even when you are sleeping you have an awareness of your outer physical surroundings. The boundary between sleeping and wakefulness becomes more fluid and dreams become more colourful, richer, and more potent than before. For those interested in dreams or �shamanic dreaming', this is the plant to explore. Drinking of the tea also cultivates awareness of spiritual development.