Guayusa Ilex (Wayusa) Leaves or 30:1 Extract
Experience the power of the Amazonian jungle with Guayusa Ilex leaves or 30:1 extract, collected by the Kichwa people in the primary Amazon jungle in Ecuador. This Guayusa comes from their ancestral lands, where the chakra (forest gardens) are cultivated with a diverse range of traditional and sacred plants.
Organic and Slow Dried – This Guayusa leaves are grown organically and are dried slowly to preserve as many of the natural compounds as possible. No fertilizers or chemical products are used, ensuring the highest quality product.
Traditional Native Use – Guayusa leaves are traditionally brewed into a tea by families in the early morning, before starting their daily chores. This intimate family moment is known as ‘guayusa upina’ and is an opportunity to share dreams, myths and stories. Hunters also consume Guayusa while hunting to maintain alertness and focus throughout the night.
Valuable Health Benefits – With its antioxidant and caffeine content, Guayusa is valued for its stimulating effects, which bring clear focus and concentration without the typical caffeine strong kick of coffee. The tea is also drunk for stomach problems and as an aphrodisiac and has been used to treat liver pains, malaria, syphilis and stomachaches.
Historical Significance – Guayusa leaves have been found in the tomb of a medicine man high in the Bolivian Andes Mountains, far outside of its natural growing environment. Radio-carbon dating suggests that Guayusa was traded in ancient times between the Amazonian and the highlands region in South America.
Guayusa Extract 30:1 Paste – Made with spring water and freshly harvested Guayusa leaves, this 30:1 paste is a pure gold of the plant, completely water-soluble. We slowly boil the leaves 3 times for 8 hour periods, filter the liquid and boil down the clear liquid together until a thick paste is left. This highly concentrated paste is made with 30 kilos of fresh leaves to make one kilo of paste, ensuring the highest potency.
Ilex guayusa is a beautiful evergreen tree that can grow up to 15 meters tall. Native to Ecuador, northeastern Peru and southwestern Colombia, the tree grows between 200-2000 meters of elevation. Its leaves are ovate, elliptic, oblong or lanceolate and produce small delicate white flowers that eventually produce red spherical fruit.
Chemically speaking, I. guayusa contains xanthines such as caffeine, along with the two other species of the Holly genus: Ilex paraguariensis, or Yerba Mate and Ilex vomitaria, or Yaupon Holly. It also contains theobromine (found in cacao beans), Theophylline (found in green tea), glutamic acid, feluric acid and chlorogenic acid. It also contains 15 essential amino acids and has almost twice as many antioxidants as regular green tea.
- Book ‘The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants’ by Rätsch, Christian
Experience the pure and organic energy of the Amazon rainforest with Guayusa Ilex Leaves and Extract from Wisdom of Plants Institute. Purchase now and discover the benefits of this ancient plant.