Yerbs Mate' Plant
HERBS & HEIRLOOMS, INC.
1709 So. 4th St.           Terre Haute, IN 47802

Serving The Wabash Valley From
Terre Haute, Indiana Since 1994

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Yerba Mate Tea, a herbal tea from South America, is drank with a gourd called Mate and a straw called Bombilla.
The taste is very distinct for those who like more organic flavors but if this is not your preference,
you might want to try one of the many flavored Yerba Teas available or even tea bags.
You also have the choice to select from Yerba Mate with stems or without stems.
The pure leaf version is also known as "sin palo" and provides a strong clean tea.
The stems add a slightly wooden taste and tend to make it a bit lighter.
This is the most traditional and common Yerba drinking style and is also known as "con palo."


This hollowed out gourd is the traditional vessel used for the preparation and drinking of Mate'.
Yerba Mate Tea, Gourds and Bombillas

Yerba Maté has more antioxidants than green tea for fending off free radicals. It offers calm energy from caffeine, theobromine (the euphoric stimulant in dark chocolate) and theophylline (the soothing stimulant in tea), which provide a sustained boost without a crash.
Yerba Mate' is an amazingly healthy herb, sought after for its difficult to find nutrients: Vitamins B-1, B-2, riboflavin, carotene, colin, pantothenic acid, inositol and 15 amino acids. It also contains significant quantities of the all important iron, potassium and magnesium minerals, something green tea lacks.
Some of the stated benefits of Yerba Mate' are:
Increased mental focus, increased energy, reduces hunger cravings, relaxes muscles, relieves allergies, improves your mood, burns more calories, improves sleep, benefits the digestive tract, boosts the immune system, is a good detoxifier, may reduce some health risks of diabetes and hypoglycemia, possibly reduces some heart problems, a stroke and some cancers.

Recent studies from the U.S. indicate that polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that strengthen the organism´s natural defenses,
and protect it against the cellular destruction that cause physical deterioration and the development of sicknesses.(J. Carper 1988).
Yerba Mate' is loaded with polyphenols!

Loose Yerba Mate
The Mate' Factor Fresh Green Certified Organic
Ingredients:
100% Certified Organic Yerba Mate'

12 oz. Loose
To maximize the health benefits of Yerba Mate' tea,
it is best to drink it throughout the day.
The Mate' Factor Dark Roast Certified Organic
Ingredients:
Certified Organic Yerba Mate',  Roasted Yerba Mate', Barley,  Carob, & Chicory

12 oz. Loose
You can add mint leaves, cinnamon sticks, honey, or lemon juice
(to name a few) to your Yerba Mate' as desired.
Nobleza Gaucha - Suave (Smooth) Argentina
Nobleza Gaucha yerba mate tea is well known for its smooth flavor. This blend is suave (smooth). The smoothest yerba mate blend Nobleza Gaucha offers!
Product of Argentina
1 kg. (2.2 lbs.)
Yerba Mate' is great drank alone but goes well with breads, sweets, croissants, crackers, etc. Yerba Mate' can also be drank with your favorite juice (Terere).
Cruz de Malta
Since 1874, Cruz de Malta has developed a reputation as a mellow tasting brand of yerba mate. Great choice for those who prefer to minimize the bitterness of yerba mate.
Product of Argentina
1 kg. (2.2 lbs.)
You can keep refilling you gourd with hot water until you have had enough or when bubbles no longer form on top of the water (this tells you that the Yerba Mate' has run out of its many nutrients.)
Canarias
Canarias yerba mate (erva mate) tea is one of our founders favorite brands, and is the preferred brand for many Uruguayans. More yerba mate per person is consumed in Uruguay than anywhere else in the world, and Canarias is the sure winner there. This sin palo (without stems) blend is a great choice for those who enjoy the stronger, more intense flavors of the yerba mate leaves.
Product of Uruguay
1 kg. (2.2 lbs.)
Organic Yerba Mate Tea From Argentina
Organic Yerba Mate
Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate


4 oz. Loose
Yerba MateTea Blends From Argentina

This energizing tea has been the beverage of choice in many South American countries.
It is said to combat fatigue, boost the immune system and increase mental alertness.
It's ability to increase metabolism and stimulate digestion has made it popular with dieters.
It is rich in antioxidants and doesn't cause the jitters associated with caffeine.

4 ozs. Loose Tea
Citrus Blend Yerba Mate
Ingredients: Yerba Mate, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, natural orange flavor,
natural tangerine flavor and natural grapefruit flavor.
Lemon Yerba Mate
Ingredients: Yerba Mate, lemon peel and natural lemon flavor.
Orange Yerba Mate
Ingredients: Yerba Mate, orange peel and natural orange flavor.
Peach Yerba Mate
Ingredients: Yerba Mate, peach peel, orange peel, natural peach and orange flavoring.
Yerba Mate Herbal Blend
Ingredients: Yerba Mate, pennyroyal, inca tea, chamomile, fennel, coriander and peppermint.
Yerba Mate with Herbs and Vitamins
Ingredients: Yerba Mate with stems, pennyroyal, rose hips, fennel, fucus, mint, lemon verbena,
boldo, natural apple flavoring plus vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, B12 and zinc.
Yerba Mate with Lemon and Mint
Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate, peppermint and lemon verbena.
Yerba Mate Mint Tea Blend
Ingredients: Yerba Mate with stems, pennyroyal, mountain mint, peppermint and natural flavoring.


Yerba Mate Teabags
This energizing tea has been the beverage of choice in many South American countries.
It is said to combat fatigue, boost the immune system and increase mental alertness.
It's ability to increase metabolism and stimulate digestion has made it popular with dieters.
It is rich in antioxidants and doesn't cause the jitters associated with caffeine.



24 Teabags
Mate Factor

Fresh Green Organic Yerba Mate



24 Teabags
Herbs and Heirlooms Yerba Mate - Roasted

Ingredients: Roasted Yerba Mate


20 Teabags


Yerba Mate' Gourds

Shown below are some of the gourds at Herbs and Heirlooms
Natural Gourds
Natural gourds are very strong, least likely to crack from dryness,
easy to clean, and gives best flavor to the yerba mate.
Like any plant, each gourd is unique and can vary in size, shape and color.
Handcrafted, so variations in design are possible.
YMG 704
YMG 705
YMG 705 Plain
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YMG 706
YMG 720

YMG 721
Fancy Metal
Rim & Base
YMG 7202
YMG 723
YMG 739
YMG 740
YMG 7704
Handcarved
YMG 7705
Handcarved
Alpaca Gourd with diamonds and flowers on rim and base mounted on long ornate legs.
Rim, base and legs are German silver.
YMG 751
Alpaca Gourd with diamonds and waves on rim and base mounted on short ornate legs.
Rim, base and legs are German silver.
YMG 752
Alpaca Gourd with diamonds and waves on rim and base mounted on long ornate legs.
Rim, base and legs are German silver.
YMG 753
Alpaca Gourd with smooth rim and base mounted on long ornate legs.
Rim, base and legs are German silver.
YMG 754
Natural Gourd Curing Instructions*

Pour some yerba mate' into the gourd. Fill the gourd to the top with water. Let the gourd sit filled with water and yerba mate' for a day or two. Then discard the water and yerba mate. Clean the inside of the gourd with boiling water only. Dry the gourd in a window or other warm and dry area. When dry, it is ready for use.

*It is not necessary to cure a gourd as natural gourds will cure naturally with use.
The benefit of curing the gourd is improved taste of the yerba mate' and improved durability of the gourd.
Wood Yerba Mate Gourds
Cylinder Carob Wood Yerba Mate Gourd

This cylinder style wood yerba mate gourd is deep and narrow. Generally holds 3 to 4oz. Gourd volume is measured by the amount of yerba mate that fits in the gourd while still leaving enough room to add water. Small size great for personal use. Like any handmade item, each gourd is unique and will vary slightly in size and shape. Item's true color may vary slightly from photo. Handmade in Argentina.
Carob Wood Yerba Mate Gourd

Simply designed, sturdy wood yerba mate gourd made from aromatic carob. Generally holds 2 to 4oz. Gourd volume is measured by the amount of yerba mate that fits in the gourd while still leaving enough room to add water. Small size great for personal use. Like any handmade item, each gourd is unique and will vary slightly in size and shape. Item's true color may vary slightly from photo. Handmade in Argentina.

How To Prepare Yerba Mate' In Your Gourd (The Simple Method)
1. Pour some yerba mate' into your cured gourd.
2. Pour warm water onto part of the yerba mate'.
3. Relax as the yerba mate' awakens.
4. Put straw (bombilla) into the yerba mate.
5. Pour in hot water and drink.

How To Prepare Yerba Mate' In Your Gourd (The Detailed Method)

1. Fill cured gourd between a little more than half full to 2/3rds full of yerba mate'.
Tilt the gourd until yerba mate' are angled along one side of the gourd from the bottom of the gourd to nearly its top.
2. Before inserting the bombilla, pour slightly hot water onto the base of the yerba mate'.
Wait until the water is absorbed into the yerba mate'.
The water will soak into the tea and allow it to become moist, preparing it for drinking.
3.Insert the filter end of the bombilla at an angle into the deepest part of the yerba mate'.
The bombilla may be used to pack the yerba mate' along the side of the gourd if any tea has fallen.
4. Pour hot but not boiling water onto the base of the yerba mate', then drink.
Try to wet as little of the yerba mate' as possible near the top when filling the gourd with water.
(Water temperature is a personal choice. Please be careful, drinking any beverage with very hot water may cause injury.)
5. Enjoy!

Bombillas
Use a stainless steel bombilla. It is the safest, best metal for a bombilla.
Try a gold tip for sensitive lips (or any natural wood bombilla.)
Item's true color may vary slightly from photo color.

Traditional Yerba Mate' Bamboo Bombilla
(No strainer)

YMSTRAW01
Made from brass coated in stainless steel.

YMSTRAW10
Stainless steel curved straw with spring end. The spring end straws are the only style of straw that work easily with all types of yerba mate, great for beginners!


YMSTRAW17
Stainless steel with 18k gold plated mouthpiece and a cleanable filter. The gold plated tip protects the lips from the heat, while the removable filter makes cleaning a breeze.
Handcrafted butterfly design by traditional artisans in Argentina.



YMSTRAW135
Spiralled stainless steel with a spoon-like end that can be opened for easy cleaning access.

YMSTRAW308
Handcrafted braided stainless steel bombilla.
Has a spoon-like end that can be opened for easy cleaning. The 18K gold plated tip protects the lips from the heat.

YMSTRAW337



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