Mate (pronounced MAH-tay), also called yerba mate or Paraguay tea, was introduced into the United States in the 1970’s as a non-caffeine coffee substitute. That claim was in error. Mate contains caffeine. It also contains vitamin C, making it more nutritious than other caffeine-containing herbs (coffee, tea, kola, cocoa.
For an infusion, use 1 teaspoon of dried herb per 8oz cup of boiling water. Steep10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Some people object to mate’s odor, although
others learn to enjoy it. Add honey and lemon if you need to. Drinking mate’ when you have a cold will provide one additional source of vitamin C