Our Guayusa, pronounced Gua-You-Sa, comes from the Amazonian province of Napo, Ecuador. Like with our cacao, the trees are grown in the traditional Kichwa farming method 'Chakra', which has a conscientious respect for the natural environment. This organic approach seeks to preserve biodiversity and natural resources. We pay a fair price to farming communities and contribute to the preservation and protection of the Amazon rainforest by supporting their traditional cultivation methods.
The Kichwa describe the effects of Guayusa as uplifting for body and mind. Guayusa offers a mellow boost due to its marriage of active ingredients, caffeine, l-theanine and theobromine, making it a good substitute for coffee. An energizing effect with enhanced mental clarity that lasts up to eight hours - without the jitters!
Guayusa is also used ritually by the Kichwas to induce lucid dreaming, earning it the nickname 'night watchman'. Community members gather the following morning and sip more tea while interpreting their dreams.
In terms of health benefits, Guayusa has twice the amount of antioxidants as green tea, reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. It is also suggested that Guayusa can help promote weight loss.